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:

  • NEW RELEASES, 6/22: KAMASI WASHINGTON, DAWES, NINE INCH NAILS, DAVE KOZ, T. HARDY MORRIS and more!
    On Heaven and Earth, Washington continues to explore a sweet spot between artistry and approachability. Whether his success will lead audiences to further explore music that usually exists on the fringes is an interesting question. What is more certain is the quality and accessibility of his own music. Heaven and Earth feels writhingly alive and passionate, angrily of the moment but inclusive.
  • NEW RELEASES: ARTHUR BUCK, BUDDY GUY, ISABELLE FAUST, GASLIGHT ANTHEM, JOHNNY MARR, and more!
    Former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and often-experimental singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur have teamed up for an album that was written mostly in a few days after a chance encounter in Mexico and recorded nearly as quickly. Fresh and spontaneous, it's also filled with precious sonic details, like little flashes sparking the songs. Unsurprisingly, Buck's layers of acoustic guitars and bright and brief solos provide numerous R.E.M. textures
  • YAMAHA NATURAL SOUND A-700 INTEGRATED STEREO AMPLIFIER
    A classic “hoss” circa 1983/84. 100 watts per channel! Has phono input.
  • BOSE 901 SERIES V SPEAKERS WITH BOSE 901 SERIES V ACTIVE EQUALIZER
    The essentially crossoverless design gives the 901 an unmistakable coherence, the model’s greatest strength. Its incredibly wide dispersion comes in a close second. The Bose 901s sound great anywhere in the room, After extensive listening, the Bose 901s strike me as being damn good. They have some limitations, but don’t all $1,400 speakers? For that matter, what $10,000 speakers are perfect? They are so smooth and musical.
  • SANSUI FR-D35 SEMI-AUTOMATIC DIRECT TURNTABLE
    A new stylus has been installed on the vintage AT cartridge and all features of the table work perfectly!
  • SANSUI SR-525 DIRECT DRIVE TURNTABLE
    Excellent working and sounding Sansui SR-525 full manual direct drive turntable. A new stylus has been installed, and the cartridge has been properly aligned in the headshell according to Sansui specifications. This is a very heavy table with great Sansui build quality.
  • BOZAK CS4000 mod speakers, omg!! these big-boys ROCK!
    8 tweeters, 1 midrange and 2 woofers per. all original, very clean. extremely rare and VERY AMAZING sound!
  • EPI A110 SPEAKERS: 2-way, classic bookshelf charmers! Sound great, woofers rebuilt like new!
    2-way, classic bookshelf charmers! Sound great, woofers rebuilt like new. Circa 1980’s Epicure Productions vintage feature 8”woofers. Critically acclaimed in their day and still sound good, audiophile delivery without the high dollar price. Full-on ready, great sound, woofers rebuilt like new!
  • TASCAM 102 CASSETTE DECK!
    So fresh and so clean! This deck is in great shape and sounds like a champ. Bust out those old bootlegs and mixed tapes.
  • VINTAGE RARE SAE MARK XXXI SOLID STATE STEREO POWER AMPLIFIER WORKS GREAT! SOUNDS GREAT!
    Unit is in really nice physical condition. Recently gone through, tested and checked, all functions have been tested and work great! ready to rock with a pre-amp!
  • ADVENT LAUREATE Mini Tower Speakers
    amazing sound, brilliant natural refined listening experience. woofers on both speakers just completely rebuilt better than new! The Advents, both large and small, sounded pretty good and gave excellent value for the money. The company was one of a long string of companies that descended from the original Acoustic Research (AR). Advents eventually lost their enormous popularity and nearly faded away. International Jensen, a company based in the Chicago suburbs, rescued Advent and resurrected it. The Advent model we tested deserves a Ph.D. Advent appropriately names it the Laureate. The Laureate overwhelmed my skepticism that a modestly priced floor-standing loudspeaker could deliver good sound