Adam Arcuragi & the Lupine Chorale Society, Spirit Family Reunion, Sweetback Sisters

Adam Arcuragi & the Lupine Chorale Society

Like a fire that consumes all before it was recorded mostly live with producer Duane Lundy (Jim James, Daniel Martin Moore, Ben Sollee) over a 12 day period at his Lexington, Kentucky studio. The recording process was inspired by Phil Spector era recordings and early twentieth century folk songs and hymns, such as on the compilation Goodbye Babylon; to capture the sound of the space with all of the voices and instruments mixing together. The album's title is not only a line from The Illiad but also the name of Arcuragi's favorite Cy Twombly painting.

The album was tracked with the rotating cast of musicians that make up The Lupine Chorale Society, with the current installment consisting of Jack Carter, Harrison Barrow, Matt Luyk and Andrew Gerhan. Previous incantations of The Society have included members of the bands War on Drugs, These United States and Rogue Wave.

Born in Georgia, Arcuragi (pronounced ärk; er; ā; jēe) grew up listening to his grandparent's collection of old country records and Southern hymns, while wearing out cassette tapes of Bob Dylan and The Beatles. Arcuragi's self titled debut was released in 2006 and was followed up by I am become joy in 2009. All Music Guide states, "There is unbridled joy inherent in even the saddest of these songs, and unforgettable images in almost every verse" while The Washington Post said of the bands live dates "If you want to see Troubadouring done right, its your duty to catch Arcuragi."

Spirit Family Reunion

Spirit Family Reunion play homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with. Ever since they started singing together on the street corners, farmer's markets and subway stations of New York City, their songs have rung-out in a pure and timeless way. When Spirit Family Reunion gather to sing, there is communion. Strangers and neighbors come to rejoice in the sound, and there is no divide between performer and spectator.

In a strange barroom or a grand music hall, at a barn dance or on the sunny street corner, Spirit Family Reunion keep the book open, and that old familiar feeling that was almost lost is again new.

"Dusty acoustic guitars, wailing fiddles and weeping accordions, with a woozy-yet-skintight rhythm section-- and topped off with burr-edged vocals that sound like they've been soaked in a Mason jar for generations -- it's the type of music that blurs the line between past and present so thoroughly, and so deftly, that time feels irrelevant." -Paste Magazine Best of What's Next


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