Wooden Wand (James Toth) performs Saturday evening at 9 at The Big Apple Cafe in Murray and live on WKMS during Beyond The Edge. Tracy Ross recently spoke with Toth about his relationship with touring, how illegal downloads affect working musicians, and his latest album, Blood Oaths Of The New Blues.
Tune in for a live broadcast from Murray’s Big Apple Café for“Sounds Good: Live From the Big Apple” on Saturday, February 16 from 9-10 p.m.
Singer/songwriter Wooden Wand, with Doc Feldman, mixes lyrically rich tunes, Americana, and soulful country. The live broadcast airs during Tracy Ross’ Beyond the Edge.
Bio from Facebook:
Says Swans frontman and head of Young God Records Michael Gira, James JacksonToth’s “got that picaresque quality that Dylan had in his heyday, wherein theshambolic narrator undergoes various travails and epiphanies—harrowing, bleak and darkly comical—in the course of a narrative, then leaves you mystified, both smiling and sad.”
Wooden Wand, a.k.a. singer-songwriter James Jackson Toth, has released a vast amount material under such collectives as Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice, Wooden Wand & the Sky High Band, and Wooden Wand & the Briarwood Virgins.Toth’s style has drawn on a variety of both conventional and experimental folk, country and rock influences, including psych folk, acid folk, free folk, and indie. The heavily Neil Young and Crazy Horse-influenced “Briarwood,” released in November 2011, is perhaps Toth’s most lyrically accessible record to date.
“Briarwood” finds the New York native mining the remarkably fertile music scene in Birmingham, Alabama, including two members of the now-defunct Verbena—LesNuby, also the producer of “Briarwood,” and Duquette Johnston—members of Plate Six, Through the Sparks, and Delicate Cutters. Recent Wooden Wand tours have featured a stripped-down version of the full band, including Janet Simpson-Templin, who has also recorded with Jeffrey Lewis. -lastfm.com
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