Listen: “If Only Lovers” by Jacqueline Elsner

Singing the words of Georgia-born poet, Byron Herbert Reece, Jacqueline Elsner recites: “But a step before them and a step behind are people possessed of a very small mind” during this chilling rendition of If Only Lovers, recorded acapella to the traditional tune of Fair & Tender Ladies.

Proceeds of the recording will benefit the Byron Herbert Reece Farm in Union county, Georgia.

Byron Herbert Reece summed up his own legacy with these words:

From chips and shards, in idle times, I made these stories, shaped these rhymes; May they engage some friendly tongue when I am past the reach of song.”

End Thoughts & 13 Songs To Offend An Xmas Party

Exciting news is dead ahead for several GF artists, including Uncle Goo, who recently began tracking new music for his yet to be titled record.

“Uncle Goo” is the stage name of Garrett Carpenter, who signed with Gypsy Farm in 2012.

We caught up with Mr. Goo as he was passing through the lobby & asked for a quick comment on the new material:

“[It’s] funky enough to make a freight train take a dirt road” he proclaimed.

Meanwhile across the facility in studio Z, tensions were heating up with The Humms as sessions for their follow up to Vampire Hours continue on, despite creative concern from outside sources.

“We’ve already lost two interns” said Skud Harris, acting manager for Humms’ camp.

“They’ll [intern] get a few songs in and inevitably, at some point, get offended or their feelings hurt” he confided.

“Then some sorry fool named CJ phoned the studio’s landline & threatened to ruin the lot of them on social media” laughed Harris.

“With any growth comes questions, criticisms, opinions…we’ve certainly received a fair share of each”

Skud continued: “As standard protocol, the receptionist on duty referred CJ to the number of a highly experienced mental health counselor & advised they seek attention there”

The Humms’ third album, Pelzer Fuck Club is slated for release next year.

Gypsy Farm’s label sector had a productive year, releasing 10+ new titles to an actively growing catalog, including Tape Feed, a compilation cassette of GF artists that helped serve over 1000 meals while GF’s other divisions continue a diverse venture into paranormal investigation, nature conservation, & EV charging technology.

The following list is an attempt to summarize the truly numerous records spun at GF HQ throughout the year. Each song is linked, in no particular order, & we highly suggest you visit, listen, & support if able.  

Here’s looking for you, 2022.

Bob DylanRough And Rowdy Ways
This needs no introduction, just a minimum of one (1) ear to hear and all other necessary body parts. Select track: “My Own Version Of You”

J. LansdowneSelf-Titled LP
Former members of The Trashcans (ATL) & recorded on a Tascam 388. Select track: “Rope Trick”

Şahin Gültekin feat. DönüşümYumurtanın Kulpu Yok
Excellent EP of traditional folk songs with an ace backing band. Select track: “Çil Horoz”

Ven PerpThe Kitchen Sink
Greenville, SC artist Ven Perp offers this instrumental collection. Select track: “Streetlight is Out”

Rabies Scythe Fight Untitled disc 2021
Recorded at home by Josh Harper, RSF has a sound like no other. Select track: “October Dreaming”

Nicholas MallisArtificial Irrelevance
Throw it on & dance around while you burn supper on the stove. Select track: “Caveman”

Jay GonzalezBack To The Hive
Excellent songwriting and backing accompaniment for this solo effort by JG of the DBT. Select track: “I Want To Hold You”

Mr. HusbandSufjan, You Took Too Long So I Went Ahead & Made West Virginia
You may laugh, you may cry. You will smile. Select track: “Meemaw”

Vincas – Phantasma
This record showed up covered in blood. Select track: “The Witch”

Dusk – Generation Loss
An old Hartwell, Ga band that no one seems to remember anything about but has been recording since at least the late 90’s. Select track: “Plastic”

Moloq – Empire/Driving
A wonderful pair of tunes for sitting in Atlanta traffic. Select track: “Driving”

Jan TerriAve Maria
Jan Terri’s take on this classic with a rather entertaining music video.

Holiday Songs In B FlatHoly Crap Records compilation
Just when you think you’ve been too bad this year, Santa stuffs this down your stocking. Select track: “Holiday Inn”

Everyone at GF and beyond appreciate your continued support and wish you a happy & safe new year.

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Tape Feed generates over 1146 meals to Food Bank

Proceeds of Gypsy Farm’s latest release, GF012 – Tape Feed, Vol 1, have secured over 1,146 meals through donations to Feeding America, a nonprofit organization networking with around 200 Food Banks throughout the United States.

This of course, was made possible, not only by Feeding America’s excellent farmer-food bank relationship, but by you, the listener. Thank you for your support!

Tape Feed, Vol 1 is a cassette that features exclusive tracks from Vincas, Sea Of Dogs, Old Smokey, The Humms & many more.

With a digital version included, the tape is currently available & proceeds of all purchases will be donated to Feeding America!

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.

Debut: “I Remember When” by Jockey Lot Boyz

As we round out the first half of 2021, we see a new single release from the latest group signed to Gypsy Farm, known only as “Jockey Lot Boyz” (a reference to South Carolina’s largest flea market of the same name).

Though their press release failed to include any official member list or biography for that matter, our specialists have determined that at least four (4) different voices appear on the group’s debut track “I Remember When”.

Stream & share the Jockey Lot Boyz “I Remember When” via youtube and bandcamp.

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)

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, KLEM 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.

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