Solo tour from Kurt
Wagner to follow.
By Fred Mills
It’s one of the more idiosyncratic album titles of the year
thus far, but then, it’s by one of Americas most idiosyncratic combos.
‘OH (ohio)’ is by Nashville-based Americana
eclectics Lambchop, and it’s due Oct. 7 from Merge.
According to Merge the record wax co-produced by the group’s
songwriter/vocalist Kurt Wagner and
part-time ‘Chopper Mark Nevers, at the latter’s Beech House studio. It features
eleven new songs all written by Wagner, “notably the soul folk of ‘ Slipped
Dissolved and Loosed,’ the galloping
rhythms and chiming guitar-piano interplay of
‘ National Talk Like a Pirate Day,’ and
the funky ‘ Popeye’ — that have come to be a Lambchop hallmark.”
In a statement, Wagner commented on his group and its many changes over the
years, saying, “The last few years
have been about a distillation of the collective into a core band: Tony Crow
(piano), William Tyler (guitar), Matt Swanson (bass), Alex McManus (guitar) and
now Ryan Norris (keyboards, guitar) and Scott Martin (drums). This is their
sound, and it’s Lambchop’s sound. But Lambchop more and more has become a
vehicle for my songs and myself as an artist. I’ve fought against that
interpretation for twenty years, but now I’ve just given up trying to fight it
Wagner added that he is planning a U.S.
solo tour around the release of ‘OH (ohio).’