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!

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: The Bear Traps debut

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.

Dave Martin at 40 Watt club, 2012. Photo by Bryan Brown.

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.

Dave Martin performing with The Humms (2020, courtesy Netfreqtv)

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.

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

Listen: “Old Woman” by Sea of Dogs

Athens, GA folk-pop ensemble, Sea of Dogs have remained inactive for the most part, after their crooner and banjo picker relocated to North Carolina.

While in early 2016, the group assembled at GF studio and recorded a whole album’s worth of material, most of which remains indefinitely shelved today.

We are pleased now to have received word, down from the mountain, granting permission to release a song from those sessions, Old Woman.

Long-time listeners will immediately recognize the tune, as it was first released on their 2010 album “You’re Not Too Old” recorded and mixed by Tim Schrieber.

In a notable departure from the album’s full band arrangement, this alternate take on the song finds singer Emily Armond’s voice in a pure, yet vulnerable state, bouncing through hollows, embraced only by a warn, piano accompaniment, courtesy of Jacob Morris.

Stream and share “Old Woman” by Sea of Dogs via bandcamp or youtube.

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.

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.

 

Listen: “This Heat” by Uncle Goo

With 2019 well on it’s way to becoming one of the hottest years on record, we are plain jubilant with the announcement of a new song from the king of country strange – fittingly titled “This Heat”

“Creepy steel guitar and haunting vocals! I didn’t think it was possible to get chills because of a song about the heat.”
– WLHR radio host Michael “Porkchop” Branch 

 

“This Heat” debuted Friday morning on 92.1 WLHR radio in Lavonia, GA.

Stream and share Uncle Goo’s latest single via the bandcamp link:

 

 

 

 

https://gypsyfarmrecords.bandcamp.com/track/this-heat

Premiere: “Tight Fit” – Bat & The Bears

Content with identifying as perhaps the strangest-mistake currently signed to Gypsy Farm,  the experimental-act known as “Bat And The Bears” celebrates it’s first official year of existence having released an EP [Wool Wearing Wolf] last July and being referred to as “Gothic-Karaoke”.

Following a live performance last Saturday night in Athens, GA the project released a new single called “Tight Fit” recorded at Gypsy Farm in the fall of 2017 before the label cut funding.

Watch and share the official music video for “Tight Fit” by Bat & The Bears :

Featured image courtesy of Gregory Frederick (Athens Ga Live Music)

 

 

 

Exclusive interview with Uncle Goo

Fresh off his debut [Country Strange Vol. 1] earlier this year, Uncle Goo is once again grinding out another batch of his famous country + western tunes.  His latest single “This Heat” is due out August 13th on Gypsy Farm Records.

Uncle Goo took a few moments away from his recent recording session at Gypsy Farm to dip into Shoal Creek and ponder on his living in Georgia as well as a favorite scene from the Johnny Cash bio-pic “Walk The Line”.

During the interview, Goo is joined by canine companions “Dash” and “Rufus” before giving a joyful rendition of Cash’s “Tennessee Stud” live from Shoal Creek.  Watch and share the full interview via youtube link below: