i've been thinking about using Khoomei voicings with old blues style songs for quite awhile. An opportunity fell into my lap when a friend had an opening act drop out on him at the last moment. So i quickly gathered a group of friends (thankfully all much more musically talented then i am), picked a few songs off some recordings i had, and threw together some fresh arrangements. we only had 3 rehearsals to get it all together, but the audience seemed to think it all fine.
Unfortunately, i only thought of recording it at the last moment and hastily put a mic out in the room going directly to a digital recording device with no one minding the levels. So the recording is over saturated most of the time making for some extremely lo-fi audio files. But, it's enough to get a feel for what we were going after.
The contributing musicians:
When The Levee Breaks
Originally written by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie around 1929 and more famously covered by Led Zeppelin and more recently by Yat-Kha. We borrowed pretty heavily from those later arrangements.
Books of Moses
Written by Skip Spence in the late 60s while he was in the Bellevue Sanitorium recovering from drug induced schizophrenia.
a sadly accurate description of many peoples' approach to spirituality by Tom Waits which originally appeared on his Mule Variations release.
A rearrangement of a Paul Pena that i had covered previously.
Dead and Lovely
another Tom Waits song. This one appeared on Real Gone
I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole
An old spiritual first recorded by Blind Willie Johnson in the late 1920s.
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