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!

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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
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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

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Jim Willingham / Old Smokey

Stream and share “Sundowners” available everywhere today.

 

Release: Uncle Goo – “Cattywampus!!!”

Almost one year since the release of Uncle Goo’s debut album Country Strange, VOL 1 we are now excited to announce the premiere of his second album titled “Cattywampus!!!”.

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Recording commenced earlier this year directly after the release of Country Strange and carried on through the summer.

Two singles were leaked prior to this official release: “This Heat” b/w “When I Die (Bury Me at the Waffle House)“.

Both singles were welcomed with open arms by the community far and wide thanks in part to heavy rotation by local DJ “Porkchop” on 92.1 WLHR via “The Breakfast with Porkchop Show”

“While the first record was soaked knee-deep with an ‘outlaw’ country-sound,  Goo stressed that he wanted to go more into a ‘southern-country-rock” vibe on this effort and what we got is ‘Cattywampus!!!” – WJAY (GF correspondent) 

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Uncle Goo and his band (The Country Dragons) will be performing one-night-only in Hartwell, GA at RACK’S Lakeside Bar & Grill (formally Swamp Guinea) to celebrate the release.  The show is free and will begin at 8pm.

Stream and share “Cattywampus!!!” everywhere now!

Stream: “See Me On” by Bat & The Bears

Following up from their summer single “Tight Fit”, we are pleased to unleash another tune from Bat & The Bears titled “See Me On”.

Stream and share the official music video (which features video synthesis by Barnabus Bronson) via the YouTube link below.