Wednesday, October 07, 2015
-valis Pick of the Week
Hail Voyagers! Back again, from a brief hiatus to recharge, regroup, and reassess. Our Pick this week has their HQ in Bozeman, Montana: Donovan's Brain! Their new album, Heirloom Varieities, is out via Career Records.
The collective's ninth album features a stellar -and all-star, cast for this effort. Joining mainstays Ron Sanchez and Deniz Tek are drummer Ric Parnell (Atomic Rooster/Spinal Tap,)bassist Tom Stevens, (Long Ryders,)guitarist Matt Piucci,(!), (Rain Parade,)vocals, 6 & 12-string guitar, etc. by Bobby Sutliff, (The Windbreakers, etc.,)guitar and vocals Scott Sutherland,and Kris Wilkinson-Hughes on background vocals and harmony. Wow.
Comprised of 14 tracks, there's not a duffer in the bunch! How could there be with that kind of talent?! In truth it's an embarrassment of riches on offer. Side 2 especially so. My favorites: "Wedding Bell Ring," "Lightning Life," "Light In Your Window," and the epic closer "Sailing Off The Edge." Information on the tracks and credits are found here.
You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time, as well as Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio.