WATCH: The Humms “Forward Cue” video

Taken from their most recent album Vampire Hours, the Humms submit a change of weather with the strikingly somber tune, Forward Cue.

GF manager and confidant, W.JAY undertook the task of compiling over a decade’s worth of footage, packed into the song’s 3:23 window.

Of the notable clips included, viewers may recognize several blasts from the past including the band’s infamous practice trailer, where several early works were tracked, such as 2008’s Talking To A Ghost.

Watch and share The Humms – Forward Cue music video via Gypsy Farm’s Youtube channel.

LISTEN: Helen Scott ‘Ted Bundy’ single

Whilst digging through the media vault, located some 660 feet below the GF archives, we stumbled upon an old, but not forgotten, family favorite.

Tracked in the summer of 2014, ‘Ted Bundy’ drifts in and around Helen Scott’s signature tapestry of harmony, carried on a cloud of haze, & powered by the backing of organs.

Also hitting the digital shelfs as of last month, possibly a most unsettling rendition of the old spiritual “Death Ain’t No Big Deal” by Pastor Doug Brown.

While August saw the debut of DJWJ’s I Ride The Roads:

Rounding out this GF update, we still have copies of our most recent release, a cassette titled: TAPE FEED, Vol. 1 – shipping out now, with proceeds donated to Feeding America. Check it out here:

Photos courtesy Lindsey Haddad.

LISTEN: Death Ain’t No Big Deal by Rev. Brown

Every now & again, between cigarette breaks, after the show, the recording machine will be left unattended and running. Sometimes, we end up with what, more often than not, becomes some sort of cherished artifact for the GF archive.

Remembering one such time when the Shoal Creek Stranglers would pick & lick their way through Sinful Sunday Singings, a free show & supper combo hosted at various churches in the Georgia & South Carolina area.

It was an occasion when associates would track their own performance, at times unbeknownst to them.

We’re proud to present one such artifact, a tune that is all too relevant.

Performed on the spot by Reverend Douglas Brown, Death Ain’t No Big Deal.

Early 90’s promotional photo of the Drovers Old Time Medicine Show

In related GF news, we received report on the passing of Uncle Carl, banjo player for The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show since 1991.

Uncle Carl was known throughout the upstate and beyond, not only for his musical abilities, but also for his soft spoken voice & loving nature.

May Uncle Carl’s memory forever permeate through the songs & jokes he would tell, within the hearts of those who remember him well, as he eternally travels that low down damp & dusty trail.

Garett Hatch: Twin albums, The Humms resurface with ‘Vampire Hours’

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:

Photo courtesy NetfreqTV , 2020.

In other GF news, today marks the official release of The Humms‘ long-awaited sophomore album, titled “Vampire Hours”.

This new record comes a little later than a full decade from their 2010 international debut, “Lemonland”, released on Bachelor Records and Odd Box.

“Grim motor-psycho music that goes from growling Steppenwolf jams to delightfully strange jazz/krautrock diversions.”

— Joseph Keyes, Bandcamp (New & Notable)

“Starting out with a suggestion of Merseybeat and then destabilizing the relation as it goes along, but keeping the movement of the harmony coherent.”


— Kevin Dunn (co-producer; The B-52s, Pylon)

“There are easygoing folk-rock elements mingling with what sound like diffusions from desert ghost-town saloon shadow figures engaged in a séance.”


— Stomp & Stammer magazine

Stream: Country Strange – Vol 1

Debuting high on the parkertown yodel-charts this morning comes “Country Strange Vol. 1” featuring a modest collection of original country songs pinned by long-running Gypsy Farm associate Uncle Goo a.k.a Garrett Chase Carpenter.  We first got a taste of this sweet medicine back in the ladder part of 2018 with the release of two singles “I’m Tired” b/w “Mallory”.

“It’s all here folks – country and western tunes of loathe, love and gout.” says associate producer and graphic designer WJAY.  As per usual, the standard GF band of cronies provide solid backing through-out the entire playlist given wing with the addition of pedal steel picker Matt “Pistol” Stoessel and lead guitarist Jake Stargel.

Country Strange Vol. 1 is available January 2nd on all streaming platforms including bandcamp and digipak CD.

Tune in to 92.1 FM WLHR Lake Hartwell Radio on January 4th to hear local DJ Porkchop sit down for an interview with Uncle Goo at 9:30am!

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GRATEFUL GREETINGS / 2016

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Welcome to the strange world of 2016 folks – Following is the latest scheduled GF Happenins for the month of January :

JAN 15th / 40 watt / Athens GA –  The fabolous 40 watt is proud to present : OLD SMOKEY, SCOTT SPILLANE and THE ALL CITY CANNONBALLERS at 9pm / $5 / 18+ / EVENT PAGE

JAN 16th / Capri on Main / Gaffney SC –  It’s them DARNELL BOYS again – and they’re up to the usual stringing with the SHOAL CREEK STRANGLERS opening at 9pm / $10 / EVENT PAGE

JAN 16th / ODDITORIUM / Asheville NC – Join SHADOW SHOW, FRIDAY NIGHT CAT FIGHTS and JOSIE McQUEEN / EVENT PAGE

JAN 17th / CRIMSON MOON / Dahlonega GA – The SHOAL CREEK STRANGLERS return to the forever cozy North-Georgia venue for a special Sunday-Show at 7pm / $9 advance /$12 at door / EVENT PAGE

JAN 22nd / SUPERICA / ATLANTA GA – The MIDNIGHT STRANGLERS are on the loose and will be performing at the local TEX-MEX restaurant at 9pm /  EVENT PAGE

 

 

Happenins for OCTOBER

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T.S. Woodward and friends (pictured above) earlier this month sinking in an attempt to capture what will eventually become the cover of his upcoming release, planned for 2016.  Photo courtesy of Woodward’s facespook – Many thanks to Dominar productions.

Below are the GF happenins for OCTOBER

Oct 1st / Caledonia Lounge – Launch into the month as Atlanta’s own Gringo Star revisits the classic city with our pals Slow Parade and Tedo Stone – Visit the official event page for more details – Show starts at 9:30pm – Athens, GA 

Oct 2nd, 3rd and 4th / BRWA Music Fest  – Elf Power, Athens Cowboy Choir, Shoal Creek Stranglers, Scott Spillane, Sea of Dogs, Shade and so many more! Tent Camping and other activities.  Visit official Event Page for details   – this happening is at Camp Kiwanis in  Danielsville, GA

Oct 10th / Lavonia Gazebo – Celebrated poet and local resident John W. Williams will host an autograph session for his latest book “A Cup of Warm Words” as Zeke Sayer provides musical entertainment from 10am-11am at the Gazebo in downtown Lavonia, GA 

Oct 16th and 17th / Mountain Hitchin – The Shoal Creek Stranglers are off to the South-East end of Appalachia this weekend to croon a lovely couple into holy matrimony for all eternity. Our highest congratulations to Ashlie and Andrew! – Asheville, NC 

Oct 22nd / Salem Community Center – Sponsored by the Salem Branch/Oconee County Library presents The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show performing at 7pm in Salem, SC 

Oct 23rd / The Optimist – It’s the infamous return of the Midnight Stranglers performing various renditions of rock and roll treasures from 7-10pm while you sample some of the towns finest seafood cuisine. We wholeheartedly recommend the lobster roll – Atlanta, GA

Oct 30th / Flicker Theatre – Join us for a fabulous evening of music from Old Smokey, Pine Tar Rage (from the upstate of South Carolina), The Shoal Creek Stranglers special electrified set and a solo performance by Garett Hatch.  For more details visit the official event page – Show starts at 10pm / $5 – Athens, GA 

Oct 31st / Flicker Theatre – Prepare for a night of ghoulish delight summoned forth by our ole friends LOS MEESFITS along with ANTLERED AUNT LORD and JOWE HEAD (of Swell Maps – all the way from England!) Visit the official event page for more details – Show starts at 10pm – Athens, GA

Upcoming Shows

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Noble happenings from the GF family this month :

NOV 6  All City Cannonballers / 10 pm – GREEN ROOM / Athens, GA

NOV 15   Shoal Creek Stranglers / 7pm – WONDERROOT / Atlanta, GA 

NOV 21   Shoal Creek Stranglers / 10:30pm – CALEDONIA / Athens, GA

NOV 21  The Cryptides / 11:30pm – CALEDONIA / Athens, GA

NOV 22   Old Smokey / 12:30am – CALEDONIA / Athens, GA

NOV 29  Shoal Creek Stranglers / 7:30pm – BLUEGRASS EXP / Hartwell, GA

NOV 30  The Drovers  / 11am –  Providence UMC / Lavonia, GA

 

 

 

 

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