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The Black Twig Pickers and Steve Gunn have traveled in the same circles for years, but it wasn't until the first Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC that they got the chance to play together. The Twigs’ Mike Gangloff and Nathan Bowles convinced Gunn to join them in a rendition of “Lonesome Valley” an old traditional spiritual, during a laid-back day party, which was received with overwhelming enthusiasm. Steve held down guitar, Nathan sang and played banjo, and Mike laid into a fiddle and sang harmony. Although Gunn has joined the Black Twig Pickers during live performances since, this 7” is the first time they have appeared on wax together, and they celebrate the event by reprising “Lonesome Valley,” with Isak Howell wailing on harmonica.

The flip side shows is a two-fiddle scorcher, with Gangloff joined by Sally Morgan. The duo take a run at the Virginia-North Carolina border tune “Sweet Little Julie,” a dance favorite in its home territory. This single, presented with a letter-pressed cover made by Morgan, is just one more example of the singular approach to old-time music by the Black Twig Pickers.


released October 15, 2013


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The Black Twig Pickers Virginia

The Black Twig Pickers are a group defined by their forward thinking approach to a type of music most often associated with times gone by. The group has established itself as a collection of dedicated practioners of old time music re-cast and shaped by their appreciation of modern improvisation, drone, and punk. ... more

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