Receiver

Receiver

by Farmer Not So John
     
 

This second disc from this group is at once familiar and at the same time shows many new facets of this metamorphosing group. They have the feel of a Counting Crows-meets-Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks, playing with some outlaw country ideas. The country (they seem to hate that label) flavorSee more details below

Overview

This second disc from this group is at once familiar and at the same time shows many new facets of this metamorphosing group. They have the feel of a Counting Crows-meets-Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks, playing with some outlaw country ideas. The country (they seem to hate that label) flavor comes from their harmonies and their use of instruments like the lap steel (to great effect), banjo, mandolin, and fiddle -- plus, on one cut, Peter Rowan contributes his distinctive mandola. This disc starts off with a familiar-sounding song, "Paperthin," then moves away from the familiar gradually, not taking any giant steps but more like expanding upon their sound. One of the main changes is the feel of this disc, which is decidedly more somber, ominous, and dark. Just listen to the wrenching and foreboding "Rise Above the Wreckage." Maybe the year on the road combined with the changes and acrimony that accrued have left a scar on this band (we'll see with time whether it is permanent). The band that tours will be different than the one that recorded this disc, and that will surely promote even more changes, but this disc was recorded with the original band and with the help of various friends. Another reason for the change in sound is that this disc is produced by Tucker Martine, who was obviously not afraid to use more effects. This is a group for whom the inner turmoil is working; they have taken the strife and used it to make an edgier-sounding disc.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/1998
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397425023
catalogNumber:
974250
Rank:
383300

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Farmer Not So John   Primary Artist
Peter Rowan   Vocals,Mandola
Clive Gregson   Organ,Synthesizer
Brian Ray   Bass,Vocals
Daniel Tashian   Synthesizer,Vocals,Shaker,Wurlitzer
Matthew Ryan   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Richard McLaurin   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Mack Linebaugh   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Tucker Martine   Cymbals,Tambourine,Loops,Shaker
Sean Keith   Drums,Washboard
Mark Linebaugh   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Sean Ray   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Carl Meadows   Engineer
Tucker Martine   Producer
Bill Tyler   Art Direction

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