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: “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, 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.

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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Uncle Goo, The Humms live stream today at 4pm EST on NetfreqTV.

In support of #saveourstages, current GFR recording artists Uncle Goo (with backing band, the Country Dragons) and The Humms will perform live today at 4pm on NetfreqTV via their twitch account.

The show, hosted by Matthew Suwalski, and produced by Atlanta, GA’s NetfreqTV, is called Freq Out and will feature new material from The Humms off of their forthcoming album, Vampire Hours (GF011) as well as their first ‘public’ performance since 2013.

Tune in today, starting at noon (E.S.T.) for the complete stream, beginning with “Studio Stories”.


https://twitch.tv/netfreqtv

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 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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