Added by dwilmer on April 30, 2007
With Eric Bachmann
In the words of Rolling Stone: “Neko Case turned up forty years or so too late to be one of the great country voices of the Fifties -- hearts break whenever she hits one of those seraphic high notes.” The Eisenhower era’s loss is our gain: this Chicago-based singer has created some of the most beautiful alt-country music of the last ten years. Her 2006 album Fox Confessor Brings The Flood is considered by many to be a masterpiece. With the help of musicians like Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb and The Band’s Garth Hudson, Case created a powerful set of songs that reflected her love of classic country while remaining perfectly attuned to the moods of a new century.
Eric Bachmann spent most of the ‘90s making raucous indie rock with his band Archers Of Loaf. Then he recorded a series of more ornate, orchestral folk rock albums under the moniker Crooked Fingers. With his new album, To The Races, he’s decided to use his own name—which is appropriate as it’s his most personal record to date. Bachmann wrote the songs while living in a van for two months, and then recorded them over six days in a hotel room on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As you might expect, the result—stark songs performed solo on nylon-stringed acoustic guitar—is some of the most intimate and spare music the singer has ever created.