Mark Fosson (Drag City/Tompkins Square)
Nathan Bowles/Scott Verrastro Duo (MIE Music, mem. of Pelt/Black Twigs/Kohoutek/Curanderos)
Songwriter and guitarist Mark Fosson grew up in Kentucky, where he began writing songs while he was still in his early teens. In the late '70s he sent some song demos to John Fahey's West Coast-based Takoma Records, and Fahey, impressed with what he heard, offered Fosson a recording deal. Fosson lost no time in relocating to Los Angeles and began recording with Fahey, but as bad luck would have it, Takoma was in some difficulty, and the label soon folded. Fahey allowed Fosson to retain the master tapes of the sessions, however. Now located on the West Coast, Fosson met fellow songwriter Edward Tree, and the two began working together, eventually forming the Bum Steers, a country-tinged group, in the late '80s. Fosson material appeared on several soundtracks through the 1990s. In 2001 he began collaborating with singer/songwriter Lisa O'Kane, who recorded several of his songs, and Fosson also began recording a solo project, "JESUS ON A GREYHOUND", which was eventually released on Big Otis Records. The record drew positive reviews and Fosson was frequently compared to Americana artists like Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Joe Ely, John Prine, and Guy Clark. The Fahey material finally saw the light of day as "THE LOST TAKOMA SESSIONS" from Drag City Records in 2006. His instrumental piece "Another Fine Day" is featured on the critically acclaimed Tompkins Square compilation "IMAGINATIONAL ANTHEM Vol. 3". His newest release, "DIGGING IN THE DUST", is also available on Tompkins Square Records. – bio
Nathan Bowles/Scott Verrastro Duo:
We're extremely excited to be releasing Polar Satellites the stunning collaboration by Nathan Bowles (Pelt/Black Twig Pickers) and Scott Verrastro (Kohoutek) in early July.
Polar Satellites is a mesmerising collection of percussion improvisations performed in duo by Nathan and Scott deep in the winter of 2009 and 2010 with absolutely no overdubs.
Building on the starkness of last years Effigy by Pelt, (recently repressed on MIE), the duo have recorded an even bleaker, more minimal and hermetically vibed record together. Unnerving and hypnotic, Polar Satellites is an intense journey into the unknown, awash with uncategorisable percussive instruments, kalimbas and banjo.
Nathan and Scott first met in Washington D.C when Nathan would sit in on Kohoutek sets. They were brought together as a duo on a track recorded for Three Lobed Records' Jack Rose tribute album and were so struck by the results that they went down to Black Dirt Studios and laid down these tracks with Jason Meagher on engineering, recording and mixing duties. James Plotkin has again done an excellent job on mastering duties. – MIE Records bio
Philadelphia based Matt Sowell is an American Primitive guitar player. Deeply influenced by the guitar finger stylings of Jack Rose and John Fahey, Matt is constantly being challenged and evolving as a guitar player. Combining American blues, attributes of rag time with hints of Indian Ragas in his pieces, the sonic textures that Matt plays will bring you to deep introspective places. - bio
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