Pete Pawsey and Burnt Paw – JamCafe Nottingham 28th December 2017

I have not written a review in many years.

In fact the last attempt was the first blog post on this website back in October 2015 when I saw Ron Sexsmith play a lovely solo set at the Glee Club Nottingham.

Last Thursday an old music journalism friend Pete Pawsey was over from North Carolina and supported by Burnt Paw (Andrew Green) played a lovely set of traditional folk and blues material.

I celebrated this by getting my old reviews notebook out (see images below) this pretty much ended in 2004 when I passed Flyinshoes Review on to Rob Ellen and I pleased to say it still going strong ūüėČ

http://flyinshoes.ning.com

This the Burnt Paw/ Pete Pawsey entry including Burnt Paw drawing which he gives out to audience at his gigs..

 

both performances were excellent and I have a video of Pete doing stirling renditions of Randy Newman’s ‘Birmingham’ and his own ‘Yesterday’s Clothes’ which I hope to post in due course with his permission.

Listen to more Burnt Paw here https://burntpaw.bandcamp.com/

His songs were arcane americana themed with a real feel for Jansch/Renbourn/Davey and lashings of Fahey but most of all he reminded me of a similar wandering spirit Michael Chapman.

Pete Pawsey and Radar’s Clowns of Sedation here¬† https://www.reverbnation.com/radarsclownsofsedation¬†¬†¬†

Pete played some lovely Randy Newman and Tom Waits/Nick Cave covers interspersed with some well written own tunes especially ‘Yesterday’s Clothes’.

A few hours of backwoods mysticism in a chilly and almost dead post-Christmas Nottingham was a joy to witness.

Meanwhile here photos from the gig.

Souled American – The American Gothic

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Some time back in the early 1990s I picked up a cassette tape of Souled American’s ‘Fe’ album because I liked the cover. The hint of American Gothic in photo and the typeface said it was my kind of music. Published by Rough Trade (RT131) for the trainspotters. It was a fantastic early exposure to the alternative americana universe that started seeping across these shores in mid 1990s. It coinicided with my purchasing of Uncle Tupelo and early Whiskeytown records. Yet Souled American were investigating timbres from that ‘weird old america’ of Harry Smith and Doc Boggs before any of them. They went on to release a smattering of increasingly experimental albums through the 1990s. I have 1992’s ‘Sonny’ and as of tomorrow when I return to Anarchy Records will have ‘Flubber’. It is one of the strangest musical timelines ever and only McSeeeney’s obscure emporium and a handful of online critics even acknowledge their existence. The music continues to eerily fascinate. Like a backwoods proto-punk gothic back porch melodrama hoovering up old Merle Travis and Louvin Brothers tunes then slowing them down to a crawl pace Codeine and Cowboy Junkies. Listening to ‘Sonny’s’ funereal drum-less soundscapes the whole gamut of americana-noire lights up….from Will Oldham through Drunk and 16 Horsepower to Smog, health Lambchop and on…it all starts here…essential water from the well…

More Info:
http://www.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/the-lonesome-death-and-life-of-souled-american/

http://www.gothiccountry.se/articles/midwest/souled-american.html

http://hissgoldenmessenger.blogspot.co.uk/2008/10/notes-campfire.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camden_Joy