Old Smokey features Jim Willingham on banjo, Jason Trahan on lap steel, John Fernandes on violin/clarinet/bass clarinet, Jacob Morris on cello, and Rob Lomax on drums.
Compiled of veterans of the Athens music scene, members have played with bands such as The Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, Vic Chesnutt, Ham1, Moths, Madeline, The Good Ship, and The New Sound of Numbers, to name just a few of their past and current projects.
“Every attempt to describe Old Smokey is destined to discharge Oxymoron. That’s the way I would describe this band : Oxymoron personified. There is duality at the core of being. There is a force of cohesion between polar ideas that unify the sound and spirit and can only be described using antonyms. The instrumentation is familiar but unique. The lyrics are naive and wise, the players are humble and ambitious, the musical arrangement appears frivolous and simple and yet it is very sophisticated and cunning, the message is forthright and mysterious. Above all else the spirit is accessible and sublime.”
-Scott Spillane (Neutral Milk Hotel, The Gerbils)
Limited edition of 100 pro-dubbed tapes.
LP available via Cloud Recordings.