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Artist: AYCOCK, DYLAN GOLDEN
Title: Church of Level Track
Format: LP
Label: Scissor Tail Editions
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"Dylan Golden Aycock is part of the new generation of guitar pickers young enough to first have been influenced by early volumes of Tompkins Square Records Imaginational Anthem series and then to be anthologized on a later one. The Oklahoma native is on Volume 7, should you feel like looking, playing an early version of Red Bud Valley, which sits in the middle of the B-side of the LP under consideration here. Aycocks composing on Church Of Level Track offers evidence that hes well studied in a lineage of American Primitive pickers that stretches back decades before he was born. Lord It Over puts it right out there by opening with a double-thumbed bass line right out of John Faheys bag of tricks. But this quotation is merely an opening gambit, and one that is quickly followed by moves that prove Aycock is no parrot but a bird with his own song to sing. The steel guitar that sails in over his picking evokes first the bucolic playfulness of Jim ORourkes Bad Timing and then keeps going back into the deep back shelves of country-rock lyricism. At the same time a virtual band (Aycock plays everything on the track and nearly everything on the LP) sets up a subtle undertow of entropic drumming and echo-laden feedback. . . ." - Bill Meyer (Dusted Magazine, Chicago Reader).

Artist: LANGHORNE, BRUCE
Title: Hired Hand OST
Format: LP
Label: Scissor Tail Editions
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
2017 repress. "Classic 1971 Peter Fonda film soundtrack from Dylan side-man & folk scene impresario. Beautifully melancholy score performed with guitars, tonal effects, fiddle, banjo, sitar, and more that evokes high plains drifting, lonesome cowpokes. Its The West seen as Purgatory, its characters endlessly moving on, but Langhorne conjures beauty from the pain." -- The Wire. Edition of 500.

"BRUCE LANGHORNE, one of the most in-demand session guitarists of the 60s, is probably best known for playing on several of Bob Dylans best records, including Bringing It All Back Home and Blonde on Blonde. He actually played with just about everybody in the late 60s folk-rock universe-Fred Neil, Joan Baez, Tom Rush, John Sebastian, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Odetta, Richie Havens and others. Langhorne performed live with Dylan at Newport, produced records for Ramblin Jack Elliott and was the real-life inspiration for "Mr. Tamborine Man." His crowning achievement however may be the soundtrack he composed for Peter Fondas directorial debut, The Hired Hand. Surprisingly, for such a seasoned veteran of the booming folk scene, this was Langhornes first solo record. Recorded in the garage of his Laurel Canyon home in 1969 using an Echoplex and a two-track Revox tape machine, the album features an assortment of period instruments from the old west-fiddle, dulcimer, recorder, banjo, upright piano, harmonica and Langhornes National steel string guitar. The spacey, hypnotizing score was a perfect match for Fondas atmospheric western and along with Vilmos Zigmonds stunning cinematography and some top-notch performances from Warren Oates, Verna Bloom and poet Michael McClure, heavily contributed to the films underground success. The movie was part of Universals "semi-independent series in which the studio, hoping to score the next Easy Rider, turned five young filmmakers loose equipped with small budgets and complete artistic control. Sadly, The Hired Hand didnt go over so well with mainstream audiences (although American Graffiti, another Universal "semi-independent" feature, certainly did). Nevertheless, both the film and Langhornes score have lived on as cult classics. " - Scissor Tail Editions.

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