Pelt, Jack Rose, Black Twigs, MVEE, Christina Carter, more: on the road, new cdr, etc.

July 15, 2004 | Black Twig Pickers, Jack Rose, and Pelt

Pelt and the Black Twigs are joining the in-progress perambulations of Jack Rose, Christina Carter, the MVEE Medicine Show and more for performances at the Pasture Festival in Soldiers Grove, Wis., on July 16-17, in Chicago at the Empty Bottle on July 18, and in Bloomington, Ind., at the Second Story on July 19. Pelt is toting a new cdr of music from a show in Paris this past spring that contains what is probably the most melodic improv the band has yet performed -- it's a path that already seems left behind just four months later, but during a week of spring shows in Europe, the trio of Jack, Mike and Mikel (with Patrick, preparing at home for the birth of Oscar, lending spiritual support from afar) paid unprecedented attention to the scalar side of drone delvination. The Paris set developed from some tunings worked out during the van ride from Holland and took on a peculiar lushness that is captured nicely in a board recording. The cdr is an edition of about 50. Jack and Christina are in the midst of a longer tour together -- Jack is working out ideas for a new set of songs while continuing to explore the themes laid down in the "Two Originals of ... " and "Raag Manifestos" cds. The Black Twigs are fresh off writing and recording a batch of songs for what is planned to be a third cd later this year. Unfortunately, bassist Mike Gayheart is sitting these shows out (damn job) and Ralph, Isak and Mike are back to a trio for the jaunt -- though Patrick Best hopefully will lend a hand as he did last fall in Amsterdam. Check details of the Pasture fest at