Warmer days are a-comin’, and the Spring 2018 edition of the ALBINO SKUNK FESTIVAL will soon be upon us!

Fresh off the Skunkville presses, we’ve got a dispatch from Mr. Glynn Ziegler himself about the next edition of our fave multi-genre musical gathering, the Albino Skunkfest at Glynn’s stately Skunk Farm over in Greer. The festival kicks off Thursday, April 12th, and they’ve got some heavy-hitters scheduled this time around.

As usual, Zig has chosen a talented group hailing from far and wide. The artists have differing styles that we’re sure will make for a great weekend playlist and your latest chance to find your new favorite.

The full lineup is HERE, but we’ve singled out a few of our favorites.


BEAUSOLEIL avec MICHAEL DOUCET


For the past 42 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleands jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England.

SUSTO

SUSTO is a Spanish word referring to a folk illness in Latin America that Osborne learned as anthropology student, meaning “when your soul is separated from your body,” and also roughly translates to a panic attack. For Osborne, the music of SUSTO was something he had to get out into the world. SUSTO released their debut album independently and toured relentlessly to get the word out. They were an immediate hit in their hometown, packing venues, getting airplay at all the bars and even making a fan of Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell. The members of the live band that Osborne and Delaware recruited — Corey Campbell (guitar, keys, backing vocals), Jenna Desmond (bass), and Marshall Hudson (drums, percussion) contributed to SUSTO’s new album & I’m Fine Today, which was released via Caroline in January 2017.

AARON LEE TASJAN


Patty Griffin describes Tasjan as “if Tom Petty and Elton John had a baby.” That’s a pretty fair description and a great compliment. Tasjan writes thoughtful, funny songs and delivers them in a way that will draw you in. Also, he has strong wardrobe game. t’s hard to figure out just what the hell is going on in the music of Aaron Lee Tasjan. On his latest album, Silver Tears, it sometimes sounds as if Gram Parsons stumbled into a late ’60s Beatles recording session. There’s some country twang in the album’s opening track, “Hard Life,” but there’s also a kitchen-sink production aesthetic that throws in a box full of auxiliary percussion, Randy Newman-style piano runs, and a ridiculously wanky wah-wah guitar sound, and that’s before the horns come in. Then Tasjan dives straight into a shimmering, psychedelic stomp called “Little Movies” that brings on the Mellotron and watery backing vocals. And that’s followed by a ballad that’s a dead ringer for the early Eagles. So, there’s a lot happening here, but there’s something entrancing about it. Like the gaudy, blinding Nudie-on-‘shrooms suit that Tasjan wears on the cover, this music is outlandish, beautiful, and genuinely hard to classify.

 

DAVID CHILDERS

Singer-songwriter David Childers is the proverbial study in contradictions. A resident of Mount Holly, North Carolina, he’s a former high-school football player with the aw-shucks demeanor of a good ol’ Southern boy. But he’s also a well-read poet and painter who cites Chaucer and Kerouac as influences, fell in love with folk as a teen, listens to jazz and opera, and fed his family by practicing law before turning in his license to concentrate on his creative passions. The legal profession’s loss is certainly the music world’s gain. Childers’ new album, Run Skeleton Run, releasing May 5, 2017 on Ramseur Records, is filled with the kinds of songs that have made him a favorite of fans and fellow artists including neighbors the Avett Brothers. Scott Avett contributes to four tracks, and Avetts bassist Bob Crawford co-executive-produced the effort with label head Dolph Ramseur.

 

Glynn Ziegler takes you on a tour of the Skunk Farm below: