New Release: Rock and Raw: Vol. 2

Earlier today, the cassette sector of Gypsy Farm released a statement claiming their machines are “fired up” and running momentarily to produce a “super short-run” follow up to 2018’s now out-of print compilation album, Rock and Raw.

The first volume was an even shorter-run tape release, only circulated privately among the bands involved and friends. 

Rock and Raw: Vol. 2 is packed with past and current artists of the label roster and comes loaded with the newest single out from the Humms unreleased album, Vampire Hours.

Opening with Bat & The Bears – “Kromp”, an urgent breakbeat style of composition brushed with samples of old gospel choir recordings.

That segues delightfully into the raunchy sludge of distortion that is The Honey Sliders tune “Fucking And Fighting”. This mixtape is sure to liven up the cooler-conversation if played in the workplace.

Vol. 2 is currently unavailable on streaming platforms and may only be purchased via our GF HOTLINE (706-356-5638), email or messaging our social media profiles

Track listing: 

Side A:
Kromp – Bat & The Bears
Fucking and Fighting – The Honey Sliders
Perfect Day – Pine Tar Rage
W.I.P. – Richie

Side B:
Natural – The Haunted Head
Wagon Yard – Shoal Creek Stranglers
The Leaking Man – Old Smokey
I Hung Myself – Uncle Goo
Merry Days – The Humms
Recall – The Ice Creams

In other GF related news, we are excited to finally see the release of Ancient Whales: Live at Adult Swim this Friday (May 29th) where ever good music is streamed!

Ancient Whales: Live at Adult Swim and more releases from Gypsy Farm Records

Pre-orders are now up for Ancient Whales: Live at Adult Swim via the GFR bandcamp. Originally recorded at Adult Swim HQ in Atlanta, GA for broadcast in 2018, the band then consisted of Enoch (guitar) and Natalie (bass) both sharing vocal duties, backed by the dual drum-team of Scott (TS) Woodward and Bryan (BP) Poole, respectfully.

The group also recently released a studio album called “Vestiges of Tails Appear in All of Us” out now on Owlphabet Records.

“Live at Adult Swim” drops on May 29th wherever good music is streamed!

Also sneaking out from the ether during this strange time is the first material in two years to be released from Clemson, SC’s cow-punk stewards, Pine Tar Rage. The song titled “Perfect Day” recalls the adventures of an individual from pre-sunrise and climaxes into all the fixings of the perfect day. Fans of PTR will immediately notice that the song is a somewhat departure in sound comparatively to their past recordings, but nothing unfamiliar to long time patrons of the band’s live set.

Singer songwriter, Ed Campbell trades in his usual high-gain mesa/boogie for a more reserved guitar-tone that is only complimented by Brant Duncan’s slippery-slide guitar leads, reminiscent of early Flaming Lips with Ronald Jones.

Both elements are meld together by the retro country-shuffle rhythm section of Jeff Barrett (bass, vocals) and Zeke Sayer (drums, vocals).

Meanwhile, back in March, we saw this interesting piece of sonic-syrup take forum within the laboratories of Gypsy Farm by a specimen known only as “RICHIE”.

The near six-minute raver is called “W.I.P” and was received with this press release:

“In 1973, the fabric of time was ripped open and from that gaping hole emerged a being that would be known only as ‘Richie’. He deserved no last name but in him the fire remained to make you move yo’ ass and make you smile and laugh. Richie didn’t have no Daddy, only Mama. She taught him superstitions and lived a life full of drama. But she sang and loved sincerely. She gave him music and he loved it dearly. The magic in the songs is all that’s kept him moving along. Up, down, sideways, bringing it honest and strong.”

We recommend this tune garnished with a sub-woofer or synced into your morning run.

Until next time, we leave you with the latest from our YouTube channel:

Article by GF staff writer, Willie Shears. Photo courtesy of Liz Trader Williams / Ancient Whales.

Gypsy Farm Records to donate 100% of online sales to Northeast Georgia Food Bank

Bandcamp announced earlier this week that they would be waiving their usual fee on downloads and offering 100% of all income to artists that are struggling during this strange time.

“We know many artists and labels have been hit especially hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, very possibly including you. To support the Bandcamp community during this challenging time, we’re waiving our revenue share on all sales this Friday, March 20, from midnight to midnight PST, and rallying fans to put some money directly into your pocket.”

During a last minute meeting with all artists on the GF roster, it was decided as of now and throughout next week, Gypsy Farm will donate 100% of all online sales from Bandcamp to the Northeast Georgia Food Bank.

“For every $1 the Food Bank receives, we are able to distribute 4 meals.” a representative at NEGFB said. Additionally, we will be donating all sales that have already been collected this week prior to announcement, so if you’ve already been downloading from our bandcamp, thank you and we’ll donate that too!

Visit the full GF bandcamp store for more titles available from our discography

Additional resources geared toward artists struggling during this time are available through MusiCares and Creative Capital.

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Uncle Goo returns to Athens, GA / Ancient Ethel begins Southeastern US tour.

NOTE: This event has been cancelled as of 03/13/20

The undisputed champion of country strange, Uncle Goo will return to Athens, GA on March 15th with his band, The Country Dragons (members of The Humms, Shoal Creek Stranglers) and play a special Sunday show at the World Famous bar for any and all patrons whom opt on staying in town during the SXSW season.

Goo will be joined by fellow psychedelic surfers, Outersea (members of Hot Fudge, Lydia Brambila) and gypsy garage rockers, Ancient Ethel – the latter of which just embarked on a 12-date southeastern tour of the US beginning tonight at Fleetwoods in Asheville, NC and rolling on through March 19th at Augusta’s beloved Soul Bar.

Catch them on the road at a dive near you and while you’re at it, pick up their GF recorded release at the show or via bandcamp.

GFR alumni The HUMMS play Chapel Hill’s venue “The Cave” in 2010

Stream and share Outersea’s self titled record, released in 2019 and recorded at Gypsy Farm studio way back in 2016.

Ancient Ethel in Athens, GA – FULL SET courtesy of
Stephen Cramer.

Shoal Creek Country Music Park: A Forgotten History

Long before country music became a fad of “designer-ripped jeans and cowboy hats”, the Shoal Creek Country Music Park offered folks of Northeastern Georgia and surrounding areas, a front-row glimpse at what would become some of the biggest country stars of all time.

It was indeed “the place to be” every Saturday night.

“Shoal Creek Saturday Night”

Founded in 1961 by Alton and Bertha Mae Walters, the music park hosted several wild times such as Johnny Cash rolling out “Folsom Prison Blues”, Dolly Parton shaving her legs on the creek bank (with Porter Wagoner’s razor), Conway Twitty performing to a crowd of 6,000 and Jerry Lee Lewis pushing a borrowed piano off of the stage.

Allegedly, Tammy Wynette left George Jones – for the final time, drunk on a tour bus at Shoal Creek.

Gypsy Farm artists play show at Yesterdaze Records 02.22.20

The Gypsy Farm Records caravan will be making an official stop in Seneca, SC for an in-store performance at Yesterdaze Records.  The free show is all ages and will commence at 7:30pm on February 22nd featuring Uncle Goo & the Country DragonsAncient Ethel, Ed Campbell and Nate Combs.

11225343_452263898286204_6162833762884882730_nNate Combs is directly responsible for numerous Carolina bands such as Kill Geddy Lee, F.N.C.F and Mosquito Rodeo.  Combs is also in charge of day-to-day operations at the infamous Guttersville Records and is rumored to be related to the Wizards of Dawn.

Ed Campbell (Episode 42 of the Ratio Podcast) is perhaps best known throughout the Southern region for fronting a high octane bluegrass group ‘The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show‘ which just celebrated over 30 years together.  Speaking from his porch with cigar in hand Campbell reiterates that he’s “a rocker at heart” and has been looking forward to what will be his first solo show in 32 years.

AE_022319 sessionAncient Ethel has consistently kept a steady string of performances and along with debuting an EP last year, they’re proud to announce the recent adoption of a “Baby Blue” van into the flock and just in time for their upcoming tour.

Uncle Goo_3 smallerWe finally reached Uncle Goo for comment.  He says “Me and the boys are gonna get down in the upstate, up in the downstate and every which way in between” and then adds “Also, doing it for Seneca.”  Whether Goo is referencing the town or the great Roman philosopher “Seneca” remains unclear.

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SONG: “Vacation” by J.R. & the Cobblers

Rounding into 2020 we bring you a tune pinned by Columbus, Ohio’s own J.R. and the Cobblers titled “Vacation” (feat. Country Death).

Fronted by James Fisher who first hit our radar on solo tours throughout the United States performing with acts such as “Hookers Made Out Of Cocaine”, metal band “Unchipped”, Fisher also co-founded the label We Used To Drink Together Records.

“Vacation” is a selection (featuring Country Death on piano) plucked from the bunch that showcases J.R.’s ever manic songwriting style as he belts:

“There’s blood on the porch but I don’t know whose.  There’s blood on my shoes but I can’t remember where I was coming from when I came home last night”

Stream and share “Vacation” via bandcamp and check out other releases from We Used To Drink Together Records.

 

The HUMMS “Don’t Think About Death”

As the 10-year anniversary of the HUMMS’ debut LP “Lemonland” approaches, few were surprised to see a sudden restock of the original 45rpm single titled “Don’t Think About Death” b/w “Buttermilk/Uncle Sam Took My Baby Away”.

The single was initially released by Silver Spring, MD label “Arnold Records” in 2010 on black and special “glow in the dark” vinyl editions.

While the latter has completely sold out, the remaining black vinyl versions may be purchased over at the Gypsy Farm bandcamp.

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Unconfirmed sources close to the band claim a new album is in the works with a possible release date sometime in 2020.  Of course, stay tuned into the Gypsy Farm network for all the latest updates and more.

 

 

 

Listen: “Natural” – The Haunted Head

Clemson, SC’s alternative project titled “The Haunted Head” remained mostly quiet throughout the summer after releasing a dreamy waltz tune titled “Trembling Rose” back in the chilly month of February.

Today the band, headed by Brant Duncan (The Elegance, Pine Tar Rage) has announced the premiere of a new song, simply called “Natural”.

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In a somewhat stark change of timbre from their previous efforts, “Natural” greets the listener with a heavier sound and firm tempo that fans of Crazy Horse will appreciate while Duncan’s unique voice hovers near the point of subconsciousness.

Accompanying the new song is a video directed by WJAY.  Stream and share “Natural” via youtube and bandcamp links below.

Release: Old Smokey album “Sundowners”

We are ecstatic after receiving the news that Old Smokey’s second full-length album will finally be released today on all streaming platforms.  The record titled “Sundowners” was originally recorded throughout 2015 and into 2016 before being shelved indefinitely due to the band going on hiatus later that year.

Then in April of 2019, the album saw limited release through bandcamp before finally being picked up by Gypsy Farm’s online distributor and made available world wide.

OLD SMOKEY

“Jim Willingham is a beast of a man, a real-life hero and this all reflects in his modest but powerful approach to songwriting and performing.” – Acousticult

Jim from Old Smokey
Jim Willingham / Old Smokey

Stream and share “Sundowners” available everywhere today.