What a great and respectful crowd for American Primitive Guitar master, GLENN JONES tonight. We thank you, and PETE NOLAN & ED YAZIJIAN for opening the show!

Whoever said that Greenville’s music scene ain’t gettin’ it right wasn’t in the cozy confines of Horizon Records tonight, when Glenn Jones sat down in front of a great crowd and conjured magic from his specially tuned guitars and banjo. And as an extra treat, Pete Nolan and Ed Yazijian treated us to some incredible free-form duo madness to get things started. Thank you, we love you, let’s do it again soon.

“There are millions of amazing guitar players throughout this great wide world, but few are as blessed with the ability to deliver both grief and hope using tender acoustics (and the occasional brimming banjo) as Glenn Jones. For years now, Jones has been a man hell-bent on never playing it safe and always looking for inspiration in the most unexpected places. In a live setting, this curious searching comes out as pure joy personified.” – David Nadelle, Tiny Mix Tapes.

GLENN JONES, magical guitarist, composer, banjo player and teller of stories blesses us with a his third stop at our humble abode this Friday, November 10th at 7pm. We’ll set out a few chairs and make things nice so we can all really take in the six string artistry that Glenn will dish out. Glenn has created his own extension of the American Primitive Guitar language, and this is chance to see a performance where technique, artistry and passion collide.

And THIS JUST IN: 
We’re super excited to add PETE NOLAN (Magik Markers) and ED YAZIJIAN in duo as our opener special guest to this rarified evening.

Ed tells us:
“We don’t know what we’re offering yet.  It’ll be improvised and since we both play violin, guitars, and Pete plays drums and keyboards too it could be any number of combinations.  Happily we always decide on the day of.   Pete is a member of the Magik Markers, Spectre Folk, GHQ, and a few other bands.  I’m just a guy who’s lucky enough to sit in with all kinds of great musicians.”

 

The American Primitive Guitar style was invented in the late 1950s by John Fahey, whose traditional fingerpicking techniques and wide-ranging influences were used to create modern original compositions. Glenn Jones, who led the post-rock ensemble Cul de Sac, brings his own made-up tunings, the use of custom-crafted partial capos, and a highly skilled picking style on both banjo and guitar, to create personal compositions that are lyrical, emotive and elegant. What sets him apart from the myriad guitarists playing today is his ability to tell stories with the guitar and banjo, and to convey a range of emotions. This process starts with the compositions themselves and carries through to his selection of recording environment and engineer.

Fleeting, Jones’ most recent release, was recorded in a house on the banks of the Rancocas Creek in Mount Holly, New Jersey. Cozy, cluttered with artifacts of a life well-lived (by its owner Bill Bolger), the house struck the right note for Jones and his recording engineer, Laura Baird. Jones in particular likes spaces with character that are remote from the day-to-day world. Jones and Baird made no attempt to soundproof the recording environment, happy to let sounds filtering in from the outdoors to become part of the listening experience.

One of Fleeting’s underlying themes is the past and the way places and people resonate in our lives. Jones reflects on the brevity — the fleetingness — of all things, while also looking towards the future. “Spokane River Falls,” which Jones calls his “water song,” recalls the all-but-forgotten city of Spokane, Washington, where he was born. “Cléo Awake” and “Cléo Asleep” share the same melodies and the same inspiration — the newborn child of Jones’ friends (the conceit of “Cléo Asleep” is that Jones plays with a mute on the banjo — called The Happy Wife Banjo Mute — so as not to disturb Cléo, no matter where in the world she is!). “In Durance Vile,” one of the album’s more dissonant, prickly tracks, was originally written to accompany three poems by the abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky, whose texts Jones found “absurd, playful . . . sometimes cruel.” Two of the album’s songs are dedications to fellow guitarists (and friends) Robbie Basho and Michael Chapman.

Jones turned away from standard tuning years ago, inventing tunings as a way of escaping the known. The pieces he writes in these tunings are his way of navigating new and unfamiliar landscapes. “But it’s my hope,” he says, “that what you hear are not the tunings and partial capos and all that, but the music — the feeling within these pieces.” Fleeting is a journey that Jones invites his listeners to take with him.

Horizon has Fleeting and these other Glenn Jones titles in-stock NOW!

 

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