Wooden Wand and The Sky High Band

Fortune has smiled on your ears as two of Folk Musics' most prolific and talented songwriters have teamed up. Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Birdtree) and James Toth (Wooden Wand) have teamed up on this release due out on Kill Rock Stars in September. Not only is Donaldson a collaborator but the rest of the Sky High Band is basically a combination of members of the Vanishing Voice and Donaldson's Flying Canyon. This album is reminiscent of Toth's solo outing on Soft Abuse but with a bit more polish. The album is a dusted country ramble through salt of the earth folk and back porch sing-a-longs; full of muggy backroad dirges sung by roadside troubadours cleaned up so that they can sit at the dinner table. Quite possibly Toth's best work to date, which considering his catalog is saying something.

[MP3] Wooden Wand and The Sky High Band -Rolling One Sun Blues
[MP3] Wooden Wand and The Sky High Band-The Bleeder

This seems as good a time as any to bring up the fact that the prolific nature of Wooden Wand makes him prone to a bit of hit or miss efforts and releases. Some songs are incredible while others can be difficult or slapshod and need a patient ear to get through. I thought I'd run down what I consider to be some of the brigther moments.

[MP3] Wooden Wand-Holla Din Joy
[MP3] Wooden Wand-Eagle Claw
[MP3] Wooden Wand-In A Bucket
[MP3] Wooden Wand-Cry With Me
[MP3] Wooden Wand and The Vanishing Voice-Dread Effigy
[MP3] Wooden Wand and The Vanishing Voice-Dogpaddlin' Home In Line With My Lord
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! i'd not heard of WW beforeā€¦ lovely stuff

many thanks

11:00 AM  

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