Premiere: “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”.

Natural cover 2

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

Jim from Old Smokey
Jim Willingham / Old Smokey

Stream and share “Sundowners” available everywhere today.

 

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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LISTEN: Marble Soup track “Kerosene”

After releasing his debut solo effort in January, senior GFR member Matthew Caleb Garrison (Marble Soup) embarked on a European tour as the bassist for Elf Power and upon his return to the states has now issued a brand new single titled “Kerosene”.

Venturing from previous Marble Soup releases, this zero-gravity tune boasts an intergalactic vibe brought on by Garrison’s keying of the Rhodes piano met with solid backing courtesy of drummer Cody Martin, complimented with the masterful guitar work of Jake Stargel, finally baked in a dash of star-dust provided by Zeke Sayer on vocoder.

Stream and share “Kerosene” by Marble Soup below :

GFR label celebrates 10 years

As we’ve found ourselves nearing the end of an amazingly bazaar year, the realization came upon a windy night at Gypsy Farm that our label division is now (unbelievably) a decade old.

Ten years of records, cds, tapes, streams, dreams, clips and trips with still one more release slated for 2018 – Uncle Goo’s follow-up crooner titled  “Mallory” due out on December 3rd.

The following day (Dec 4th) you will find the Ice Creams performing one of two Athens, GA concerts in support of their self-titled EP at the Go Bar with an additional show commencing on December 20th at Flicker Theatre and Bar.

GF contributor WJAY has expressed a strong hope that we’ll see you all in another decade going on to toast :

Here’s to a continuation of releasing music and visuals we find interesting and a huge thank you to all that have supported GFR and it’s artists through-out the decade whether it be by recording in our studio, spinning our records or going out to see the live shows.  Thank you!

Kwazymoto premieres new track

Experimental noise punk duo Kwazymoto have debuted a new single from their forthcoming album My American Family – available Sept 28th with the release show taking place Oct 6th at The Caledonia Lounge in Athens, Ga.

Flagpole magazine premiered the official music video for the track titled Hipster Scum calling the band “one of the most musically and conceptually ambitious bands in town”.

Kwazy-frontman Ian Hemerlein had this to say : “The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Zeke Sayer at Gypsy Farm Studio. We have also returned back to our original two-piece lineup for this album, which is [myself] on guitar and vocals and Kody Blackmon on drums. My sister, Lauren Hemerlein, also performs harp on some of the tracks. I directed the video, which is our first to feature lyrics visually, so I would encourage reading them”.

Hemerlein has also recently released solo material under the name Saint Syzygy.

Stream the music video below and check out Kwazymoto Oct 6th for the release of their third album “My American Family”.

Matthew Garrison debuts first EP

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Using the alias “Marble Soup” local Georgia native Matthew Garrison released his self-titled debut EP last month as download, stream and limited edition compact disc.  The EP marks the first new physical release on the Gypsy Farm label since 2014 and is the result of several recording sessions spaced between Lula and Lavonia, Georgia dating back to 2015.

Engineered by Jake Stargel, the takes were then mixed at Gypsy Farm Studio before final mastering at Chase Park Transduction.  After touring the U.S. twice in 2017 with Elf Power, Garrison enlisted the help of Larry Choskey (of Nate and the Nightmares) for art direction and cover design, then set the EP release date for Jan 2018 and it has met with positive reviews since it’s release :

“Clocking in with a mere four songs, this little record does a fine job of exhibiting Garrison’s songwriting, which harkens back to NRBQ, a little Randy Newman and perhaps a slight amount of Gram Parsons to boot” – Gordon Lamb – “Threats and Promises” – Flagpole Magazine

“With it’s ominous beat, Marble Soup’s ‘Janet Lorraine’ solicits the listener immediately to a soundscape where time stands before inevitably running out” – WJAY – GF Press Editor

Purchase/stream the Marble Soup EP via Bandcamp or any online distributor.

 

GRATEFUL GREETINGS / 2016

Storm Approaching DAM by WJAY

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

 

 

Oh my, July

Silvertone Bone by WJAY

Gypsy correspondents confirmed that numerous assemblies have been taking place within the studio sector during this month and seem to entertain a slight promise of some strange (and exciting) projects that will finally be coming-to-light as time allows through out this year and next.

The remaining GF happenin’s for JULY (and early AUG) include :

The Rodney Kings at Little Kings / Athens, Ga / 10:45pm / July 30th

Old Smokey at 40 Watt / Athens, GA / 9:00pm / July 30th

Shoal Creek Stranglers at NICK’s / Clemson, SC / 10:00pm / July 31st

All City Cannonballers at Little Kings / Athens, GA / 7:30pm / Aug 1st

The Cryptides at Hi Lo Lounge / Athens, Ga / 10:15pm / Aug 2nd

The Cryptides at Kavarna / Decatur, GA / 8:00pm / Aug 15th

GF HAPPENINS – MARCH

Here lay a handful of interesting GF related happenings that are to take place this month of March – Beginning TODAY as Mother the Car returns to the city of soul, Augusta, GA  where they’ll be visiting the ever awesome SOUL BAR.  Flashing forward to Friday the 13th we see T.S Woodward and The Shoal Creek Stranglers performing for the first time at Fernbank Museum in Atlanta, GA as part of their “Martinis and IMAX” series.  Following unconfirmed appearances, The Shoal Creek Stranglers will croon on for the remainder of March, celebrating Saint Paddy’s Day with Rabies Scythe Fight at the GO BAR in Athens, GA on the 17th followed by a stringing of Hartwell, GA at the legendary Bluegrass Express venue on thee 28th.

Mar 11thMother The Car, Free Associates – Soul Bar – Augusta, GA – EVENT PAGE

Mar 13thT.S. Woodward, The Shoal Creek Stranglers – Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX – Atlanta, GA – EVENT PAGE

Mar 17thThe Shoal Creek Stranglers, Rabies Scythe Fight, Big Mike Mystery and Crunchy – GO BAR – Athens, GA – EVENT PAGE

Mar 28thThe Shoal Creek Stranglers – Bluegrass Express – Hartwell, GA – EVENT PAGE