WOODEN WAND – ” Mexican Coke “

Posted: February 2, 2017 in MUSIC
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After what seems like an uncharacteristically long silence, longstanding Wooden Wand has shared details of a new album, Clipper Ship, to be released on the 29th April.

The first taste from it is Mexican Coke, a typically understated, gently strummed and elegant folk song that reminds us all of what we’ve been missing . Lyrically there are few who can match his way with words – somehow managing in a few short turns of phrase to be genuinely thought provoking, reflective, poignant and occasionally slyly humorous. The evidence is all there in Mexican Coke – a subtle gem and a very welcome return.

In a world of guitar players, James “Wooden Wand” Toth remains first and foremost a songwriter and lyricist. “Clipper Ship”, however, presents a break in tradition: in attempting to emancipate himself from old habits, Toth wrote most of the songs on “Clipper Ship” ‘music first,’ adding lyrics later, a reversal of the tried and true method that has made him one of the most prolific and respected songwriters of his generation. The result is the most democratically-conceived, multi-layered, and musically sophisticated album in the vast Wooden Wand discography.

“Clipper Ship” is the first proper full-length Wooden Wand album since 2014. Performers include Darin Gray (On Fillmore, Dazzling Killmen, Jim O’Rourke, Tweedy, William Tyler, etc), Ryan Norris (Coupler, Lambchop), Glenn Kotche (On Fillmore, Wilco), Jim Becker (Califone, Iron & Wine), Nathan Salsburg (Joan Shelley), Kyle Hamlett (Lylas), Josh Wright & Seth Murphy (Bear Medicine), Luke Schneider (Margo Price, JEFF The Brotherhood, Natural Child, William Tyler, etc), Zak Riles (Watter, Grails), and Jim Elkington (Tweedy, Horse’s Ha, Richard Thompson, Steve Gunn).

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releases April 29th, 2017.

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