Digging back to their roots in search of the raw urban folkblues, Eckman, Race and Brokaw converge paths in the European spring for full immersion in the journey of a brand new collaborative project: DIRT MUSIC
Three multi-instrumental artists from diverse backgrounds - three voices discovering a mutual language in the legacy of the frontier. Six strings, some keys, "found" percussion, steel bottleneck, roots feels, acoustic storytelling illuminated by an electronic vein. Dreams and memories carved from hard bedrock reality: DIRT MUSIC - a road movie in evolution...
In this exclusive Eckman, Race and Brokaw will be performing new material written for the occasion and evolved on the road - for a future release album of both live and studio material drawing on folkcountryblues tempered by twenty-first century experience.
CHRIS ECKMAN leads the acclaimed American band, The WALKABOUTS. His collaborations include CHRIS & CARLA, the STRANGE, HOST, MIDNIGHT CHOIR, TOSCA, and WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY.
HUGO RACE is leader of TRUE SPIRIT. Collaborations include SEPIATONE, THE BAD SEEDS, ROGALL'S ELECTRIC CIRCUS, TRANSFARGO, SONGS WITH OTHER STRANGERS, THE MEROLA MATRIX.
CHRIS BROKAW's bands include COME, CODEINE, THE NEW YEAR and more. Collaborations include EVAN DANDO, THE WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY, THALIA ZEDEK, STEVE WYNN and KARATE.
This album perfectly fuses blues, rock, and north African traditional sounds. The female choir-like and solo singing send this over the top.
I kept thinking this sounded Malian. I’m no expert, but after Amadou y Mariam I got the idea that Malian music has a lot of Western influence, particularly in the vocals. Less nasally and more melodic, to my ear. Turns out this band is from Mali, but emigrated to the Saharan region.
This has reinvigorated my interest in African desert blues music