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
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.
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.
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, Parkertown 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.
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.
Any patron of the downtown Athens gift shop Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother will probably remember Dave Martin. If they don’t, chances are they may have caught the musical group, Poncho Magic at Tasty World once or twice.
Since way back when, Martin has kept busy in a variety of ways, like performing various duties with electronic act Astral Summer and playing guitar with Gypsy Farm artists Uncle Goo and The Humms.
Naturally, we are proud to announce the debut of Dave’s latest endeavor, a bedroom pop-stained, musical mattress titled THE BEAR TRAPS and it’s two singles: “Desert Of Love” b/w “I Don’t Want To Die Tonight” are out now on Gypsy Farm Records.
Directed by WJAY and shot within the Shoal Creek Music Park, this selection features the Southern-fried, psychedelia imagery that is synonymous with the group, and their latest music video comes off the release of sophomore effort, “Vampire Hours” released this past Tuesday.
Stream and share the “Merry Days” music video below:
Long-time correspondent and GF recording artist, Garett Hatch (Mother The Car, Nate & The Nightmares, Ancient Ethel) delighted us earlier this year with the sudden release of his first solo album, “Place Without a Name” conceived, written and recorded while under quarantine in Asheville.
(TOP) Garett Hatch. Photo 2020 by Maddie Kendrick.
“Hatch’s first official solo effort, titled “Place Without A Name” showcases a range of different styles and features the piano-wizardry of Mark Plemmons among several other musical guests. The album is set to be an enjoyable experience for the listener.” –Plez Jay
Then, Hatch surprised everyone with an immediate follow up, titled “Home” and it’s packed with supreme musical guests Annie Leeth, Casey Trivett and Stephen Britt, featuring artwork by Michelle Kaiser.
Garett Hatch’s “Home” is due out Oct 20th, stream and share the album via bandcamp: