Black Iris is excited to be welcoming back Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell in support of his new album What in the Natural World. Fussell follows his celebrated self-titled debut with a moving new album of Natural Questions in the form of transmogrified folk/blues koans. This time these radiant ancient tunes tone several shades darker while amplifying their absurdist humor, illuminating our national, and psychic, predicaments.
Listen to "Have You Ever Seen Peaches", here on NPR Songs We Love.
House and Land is the new collaboration of Asheville guitarist Sarah Louise Henson with fiddle player Sally Anne Morgan. The tension between new and old, between folk and avant-garde, is its driving force.
Their playing together is wholly unmediated, without amplifiers and using just two sets of hands and voices. With a minimalist approach, their music considers the space between notes as much as the notes themselves. The material on their debut is drawn from traditional southern hymns and Appalachian ballads that originated in England and elsewhere hundreds of years ago. Microtonality is as essential to certain Appalachian vocal styles as it is to a Tony Conrad composition and the often spare adornment to their singing puts these complexities on full display.
Hear and see them performing here on NPR's All Songs TV.
Friday, March 2, 2018 | 7:30 PM 10:30 PM | $6 - $10