RELEASE: Tape Feed, Vol: 1

Introducing… a tape that feeds!

After last year’s successful donation to the local food bank, we staffed our producer Willie Shears with the task of assembling years worth of various recordings from deep within the Gypsy Farm vault into a tangible compilation for your enjoyment but also, the benefit of Feeding America, a nonprofit organization networking with 200 food banks.

The result is Tape Feed, Vol: 1. Each limited edition cassette is a direct, real-time copy of the original hi-fee-fi-fo-fum master recordings and even include a digital download to boot.

With appearances by Old Smokey, Vincas, Nate & the Nightmares, the Humms, Sea of Dogs, Sweet Auburn String Band, 432 Sessions, Pine Tar Rage, Koko Beware & the Haunted Head.

Shears’ selection of GF recordings span a whole decade from 2010 through 2020, and all in all recorded at GF-HQ with the exception of Nate & The Nightmares – Everyday recorded live at Georgia theatre in 2014 while opening for Charles Bradley.

With exclusive tracks like Vincas – Phantasma (Live at Gypsy Farm) and the traditional bluegrass arrangements of 432 sessions – Buffalo Skinners (Jed & Harry Clark, Cory Walker & Jeff Partin) you can rest assured that it’s going to be an eclectic sum of tracks.

Enjoy Tape Feed, Vol 1 and simultaneously help deflect hunger, food waste & climate change by donating to the local food bank.

Debut: “I Remember When” by Jockey Lot Boyz

As we round out the first half of 2021, we see a new single release from the latest group signed to Gypsy Farm, known only as “Jockey Lot Boyz” (a reference to South Carolina’s largest flea market of the same name).

Though their press release failed to include any official member list or biography for that matter, our specialists have determined that at least four (4) different voices appear on the group’s debut track “I Remember When”.

Stream & share the Jockey Lot Boyz “I Remember When” via youtube and bandcamp.

Listen: Brick Walls by Bat & The Bears

Pictured above courtesy Gregory Frederick Athens GA Live Music is GF experimental project Bat & The Bears at a 2019 performance in the now unfortunately defunct Caledonia Lounge.

This is their first single out since last September’s Roost, and we all at Gypsy Farm are just cheery to present, here and now for your listening pleasure: “Brick Walls” by Bat & The Bears!

Debut: The Drovers release WCCP radio show collection

Three decades after initially airing on Clemson’s WCCP radio, The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show are set to release over 30 songs from their original program.

Spanning throughout a period of almost five years, this collection is perhaps the most comprehensive selection of early-era Drover recordings ever made available.

Several bluegrass standards from Monroe, Carter & Tanner are all present as well as several outstanding originals by Drover’s front-man, Ed Campbell (AKA: Dr. Trundell, AKA: Grandpa) and these include “Autumn Time (In Caroline)”, “That Low Down Damp & Dusty Trail” & charming closer “The Mailbox Song”.

Following their last studio album (2004’s Dreamland) the group tragically lost the master tapes for another album and began to slowly fade back into the dimly lit corners of juke joints, creek beds, and cow pastures.

Then in 2017, a box containing nearly every episode of their long-cancelled radio show was unearthed.

These cherished recordings, captured by original bassist Rob Keller, document The Drovers in their youth and during an extremely creative time for the punk rock-turned-bluegrass band, hailing from Prater’s Creek, SC.

The Drovers took their name a few years prior to the Irish-rock band by the same name, the latter even opting to send Dr. Trundell and the gang a “cease & desist” letter thus prompting the original (and first) Drovers to address the situation by writing it into a 2-part skit feature episode of their show:

As time ticks on, for the better part of almost 40 years, the band continues to live up to their name, herding cattle and droving their way through trials, tribulations, Alzheimer’s and death.

The Drovers’ WCCP-AM collection is avaliable now on Gypsy Farm Records via youtube & bandcamp.

“The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show blows everything else away” – Creative Loafing

“They are to bluegrass what Neil Armstrong is to the moon” – Flagpole

“Speed bluegrass and church waltzes lovingly and brilliantly played” – MOJO

The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show with their “Hillbilly Doppler” (patent pending)

Listen: The Humms perform “PGP” live

Taken from a full performance back in September, The Humms belt out their song “PGP” live before a ghostly studio audience at the Shoal Creek Country Music Park in Lavonia, GA.

The song is from their most recent album, Vampire Hours, released last fall on Gypsy Farm Records.

The Humms (2020 Courtesy NetfreqTV)

Cover image by Casey Doran / The Sun Is Flat Organization.

Listen: “Come Home” The Haunted Head

Coming into sight for the month of March, we see the return of Brant Duncan’s Carolina musical troop, known as The Haunted Head. Their latest production, a song titled “Come Home” surely encompasses everything you’ve come to know and appreciate about the band’s somber side.

Stream and share “Come Home” by the Haunted Head and support your favorite local artists, near and far this Friday (March 5th) by participating in this year’s second Bandcamp Friday.

Also seeing light today for the first time in over twenty years, is a collection of four-track recordings by Duncan’s former associates, Unabnormal, a 90s-era Clemson/Athens band fronted by Georgolina’s own concierge of portastudio saturation, Thom Strickland, who claims that the cassette tape was just recently re-discovered, under his bed.

The collection is called Diving Bell/Wishing Well, and along with a growing assortment of other titles, is out now, courtesy of Strickland’s “Brown Paper” record label, that isn’t.

Release: Early Hits & Rarities by the William Ross Group

We’re tickled to announce today the release of Early Hits & Rarities by the William Ross Group, on Gypsy Farm Records.

If you’re confused as to just who this group is, much less currently consists of, the forthcoming venture of musical noise may offer little assistance with any further clarification.

From the opener “Foax“, we submerse into some kind of universal airport terminal that creeps and crawls along, slightly behind schedule while the listener may drift in-and-out of cave-dance consciousness, accepting the charges of what ghoulish collect call that is “Northern Telecomm 1967” before stoking into some low-down, late night, toasty-trio rehearsal on “Sundown In Pumpkintown / Soul & Sea Foam”.  

The sessions, while mildly cinematic at times on “Spark Of A Shadow”, abruptly end as much as they wind up a start, only to derail into a manic collage of sound, interrupted often by the station’s disk jockey team that appear to be as delusional as the programming itself, perhaps due to lack of sleep and abundance of caffeine while they scramble to mention sponsors on the aptly titled “Coming In Hot”.

This is the first official EP release from William Ross Group and their first appearance since last year’s Stranger Rider.

You can enjoy the whole shebang, in full-stream and downloads, taking place now over at YouTube & Bandcamp, the latter of which will be celebrating the first Bandcamp Friday of 2021 at the end of this week and we encourage that you peruse their ever expanding cache of fine, fine music and physical merch.

Premiere: The Humms video for “Blue Bite”

Psych-trippers and all-around-down to hang out in your garage, The Humms have just released a brand-new video for their song titled Blue Bite and let me be the first to say that I’m not sure what to make of the song, much less the video.

The tune comes from their Vampire Hours album, released on vinyl by Gypsy Farm last fall and the “M.A.S.H. on acid” type atmosphere within this accompanying video is reminiscent of my long lost youth, attempting to fine-tune our television antenna that stretched up beyond the heavens.

The headache induced by this music video is not unlike that old picture on our beloved Zenith set.

But alas, this video showcases the band’s ever-widening, multi-genre court of noise, to be polite. It was produced by Gypsy Farm subsidiary, KLEM productions.

NPR’s John Slights says “It’s not everyday an album containing psychedelic folk, sludge rock, and 60’s style surf rock inspired tunes comes along, but ‘Vampire Hours’ is exactly that. In many ways, it’s a throwback album that still manages to look to the future.” – (Athens News Matters)

Watch and share The Humms – Blue Bite music video on YouTube.

Listen: “Requiem For A Linthead” by Pine Tar Rage

According to the South Carolina Encyclopedia, the nickname Linthead “likely came into common usage early in the twentieth century, when the growing number of cotton mills and mill workers began to alter the landscape of South Carolina life.” – Tom Terrill

While upstate singer songwriter, Ed Campbell (Pine Tar Rage, The Drovers) is no stranger to the late-night lint life, he has also spent the better part of 40 years documenting the Palmetto area through song, and proudly exclaims:

“I’ve stayed past my prime, I’ve stayed past my time – should have quit – yes I know – but I’m paying debts to the bets made a long time ago”

This release marks the first new material from the group since last year’s track “Perfect Day”, a softer-song structure when compared to the rest of PTR’s discography, it should come as no sudden surprise to long time fans of The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show, also fronted by Campbell.

Stream and share “Requiem For A Linthead” by Pine Tar Rage, and enjoy this excerpt of an interview Campbell gave back in 2019 on the hallucinate forming of The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show.

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2020: The Year That Slapped

“Don’t you just love new years? you get to start all over. Everybody gets a second chance.” – Forrest Gump (1994)

I loathe the word slapped and most variants of it. Yet, for such a year as 2020, perhaps that word justly defines what a slap in the face it was. Perhaps it was even necessary. Having said that, everyone here is proud of you for sticking around, as there’s still plenty to be thankful for and so, so much to look forward to.

And there is still much work to be done. While 2020 may have set the standard fairly low for modern day “shit-years”, it is these times that (hopefully) cause one to reflect heavily on what makes them happy.

Matter of fact, what pisses them off? What makes it all worth it? Do you miss playing dobro, or does one miss all eyes on you, showbro?

ZZ gazing down to Athens GA by WJAY

Currently in the GF world, our parent entity KLEM Industries have been privately contracted to assist with a paranormal research team, beginning next year.

Long-time confidants of Gypsy Farm will take over the label, PR, and video division, assuring 2021 has a visual soundtrack, never mind the theme.

Patron’s of our bandcamp store can save 30% off everything, now until January 2nd. Enter code: byebye2020

In the spirit of positivity, and by direct-order of Gypsy Farm’s in-house dokter, here lay a countdown of but only a few mini achievements, for this year, 2020:

8. Distributed to more record stores, than in 2019
7. Grew our YouTube channel with a variety of subjects
6. Successful in-store showcase at Yesterdaze Records
5. Recorded two full-length albums with the Dish Boys
4. Released 13+ titles to our online catalog
3. Pressed The Humms’ Vampire Hours album
2. Played a gig at Jesco White’s house
1. Donated 936 meals to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia via purchases from our bandcamp store

As stated before, we’re glad you’re here and hope to see you next year.