Hans Chew TENNESSEE & Other Stories… three lobed recordings and divided by zero records are extremely excited to bring you tennessee & other stories…, hans chew’s debut album. while chew is best known as the honky-tonk pianist and auxiliary vocalist behind brooklyn’s psychedelic americana outfit d. charles speer & the helix, his skill as a piano player has also been on display in support to both jack rose - appearing on luck in the valley and the black dirt sessions - and as a live player with oakley hall. for chew, tennessee & other stories… is the culmination of many paths leading out of the wilderness. like how the waning south of old has given way to the new, his tale is also a coming-of-age-story of narrowly averted self-destruction and painful resurrection. this theme is woven musically and thematically throughout tennessee & other stories… as chew pays homage to his southern beginnings, a lineage that includes tobacco farmers and methodists, bluegrass musicians and evangelists, gamblers and drunks. chew’s skill as a multi-instrumentalist (he takes the reins on most of the playing on the entire record) adds tremendous intimacy to his ability to fully relay the album’s stories with a singular voice. chew is TLR-085 / DBZ-002 supported on selected tracks by a stellar cast of players, including some of Release Date: September 2010 his past and/or present band mates in d. charles speer & the helix, such as EPK: http://www.hanschew.com/epk dave shuford (no neck blues band), marc orleans (sunburned hand of the man) and jason meagher (no neck blues band), as well as wednesday Jake Cunningham knudsen (pigeons). meagher also doubled as the album’s engineer at his Long Time Management own black dirt studio. 347.244.4617 email@example.com the “tenneessee trilogy” – “old monteagle & muscadine,” “carry me bury me,” and “i would there was a train” – begins tennessee & other stories… Cory Rayborn by quickly immersing the listener into the album's dark and introspective Three Lobed Recordings mood. with a focus on death and rebirth, this trilogy provides a backward firstname.lastname@example.org glimpse into the narrator’s life left behind in the old south set to a soundtrack of acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, banjo, mandolin Jon Nall and organ. however, piano is the instrument of choice and numbers like Divide By Zero Records “new cypress grove boogie” and “forever again” both demonstrate the email@example.com deep attraction and magic that led chew, like so many previous practitioners, to the eighty-eights. both of these tracks demonstrate 1. Old Monteagle & Muscadine (Tennessee Pt. 1) chew’s talents within two schools of piano boogie; “forever again” utilizes 2. Carry Me, Bury Me (Tennessee Pt. 2) a tulsa-oriented piano-funk as the central basis of its gospel-blues choral 3. I Would There Was A Train (Tennessee Pt. 3) promise of death, while “new cypress grove boogie” serves up a new 4. New Cypress Grove Boogie orleans styled jaunt. while tennessee & other stories… as a whole 5. Long Time Man demonstrates chew’s formidable songwriting skills, the album also offers 6. Forever Again listeners a singular cover: the tim rose penned “long time man,” here 7. Queen of the Damned Blues presented as a darkly southern gothic re-interpretation of nick cave’s 8. Magnet Moon arrangement. tennessee & other stories… is an extremely strong and 9. Words & Music confident record from start to finish, one that establishes hans chew as 10. Only Son both a unique addition to and significant voice within america’s current outsider scene. The LP is pressed on 160 gram vinyl and housed within a handsome gatefold jacket bearing new artwork from melodie provenzano. the album is accompanied by a download coupon for DRM-free MP3s.
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