Springing from the notorious freak-punk music scene of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, here's the debut solo release from Tim Buchanan. Tim has spent the last four years making a name for himself as leader of Cherry Death - his cosmic country punk group often bordering on psychedelia & dirgy folk rock. Serving as his backing band on this release is Appleton, Wisconsin's own Dusk; a country-rock group featuring bassist Amos Pitsch (of punk band Tenement), vocalist/pianist Julia Blair, drummer Colin Wilde (also known under his alias Black Thumb), lead guitarist Tyler Ditter, and pedal steel guitarist Ryley Crowe. This record marks the second collaboration between Tim Buchanan and Dusk; the first being a joint U.S. tour in which Dusk doubled as a Wisconsi-fied Cherry Death.
"Tim Buchanan With Dusk... And On His Own" was produced over two days at our in-house studios at the Crutch Of Memory compound in Appleton, Wisconsin - in the heart of the "Fox River Valley". Crutch Of Memory was established several years ago, mostly as a private studio for the creative output of members of Dusk and Tenement. We've occasionally taken on outside projects by punk bands like The Bug and The Obleeks, but kept it mostly in the family. This album is our landmark first release as a record label. Our goal is to establish a catalog of artists and material that we're heavily involved and invested in creatively; through songwriting, arranging, performing, and recording. We bring our favorite artists to our neck of the woods and let them swim in our pond, so to speak. Our hope is to bring out what we love most in these artists, and in the process, insert what makes us unique as musicians, songwriters, and producers as well. What I think is important is that we make great records and capture our own individual acoustic: what one could call The Fox River Valley Sound.
The full band material on this album was tracked mostly live; conjuring a jubilant feeling similar to Delaney & Bonnie's output from the early 70's or perhaps the loose, spontaneous energy that's captured on the country/folk albums by the likes of Gene Clark or Neil Young. Above it all Tim sings almost at a whisper, while elsewhere on the album he howls like J Mascis with southern drawl. The solo tracks were recorded in our dimly lit Studio B; bringing to mind- to me at least- the atmosphere of some of my favorite intimate recordings by the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Evan Dando, or even the early Willie Nelson. Most of the time he's singing directly in your ear, as if to tell a secret. When he shouts, you hear the microphones in the back of the room kick in; an almost disorienting effect. And if you listen close, you can even hear us clapping in the control room between tracks. These recordings capture the essence of Tim, I think.
Some say everything moves slowly in Oklahoma. This record makes you feel it.
Physical release forthcoming on Crutch Of Memory Enterprises.
released April 30, 2018
Engineered and mixed by Amos Pitsch at Crutch Of Memory - Appleton, Wisconsin
Mastered by Justin Perkins at The Mystery Room - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Front cover photo: Amos Pitsch
Rear cover photo: Jad Salman
Photo editing, design, and layout: Amos Pitsch
Tim Buchanan - vocal, rhythm & lead guitar
Amos Pitsch - bass guitar, vocal
Tyler Ditter - lead & rhythm guitar
Ryley Crowe - rhythm guitar, pedal steel, vocal
Colin Wilde - drums
Julia Blair - piano, fiddle, vocal
A Crutch Of Memory Production, 2018