Wooden Wand Expands “Briarwood” LP

 

Announces tour that
includes multiple shows at SXSW.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Fire Records are releasing a double disc edition of Wooden
Wand’s critically acclaimed “Briarwood” album, including 8 stripped down demo versions of the James Jackson Toths
penned album tracks. Below, check out album tracks “Motel Stationary” and “Winter
in Kentucky”
plus a demo of the latter track.

 


Wooden Wand – Motel Stationary by FIRE RECORDS

 

 


Wooden Wand – Briarwood by FIRE RECORDS

 

 

Here’s what WW mainmain James Jackson Toth says about the
recordings:

 

The demos are the
grimoire — there is a corresponding demo for every song I have ever released.
I’ve been cursed with a bad memory, so if I do not make a demo of a song, I
will forget it. I rarely remember the chords, and I usually require a little
help from more musicianly band members to jog my memory.

 

Demos are likewise
invaluable before recording any new Wooden Wand album; I will listen to them
constantly so as to exactly replicate – or dramatically change – my phrasing on
any given song. I like to remember every nuance of my vocal performance because
singing is my most important job. I rarely double vocals, but when I do, I’m
the double-vocal king. This may seem somewhat at odds with the raucous,
off-the-cuff nature of a good deal of my work (and my reputation), but it is
this very idea of a single ‘control’ within the chaos that allows me to truly
improvise.

 

These demos were
recorded at various times leading up to the recording of Briarwood. It is one
of very few WW albums to contain almost all ‘newer’ material, that is, material
written for this specific album and not drawn from the archives. The album
versions are only faithful to the demos in terms of vocals. Everything else was
up for discussion, and as you will hear, many things were changed and improved
upon.

 

These were all
recorded solo, at home in Lexington,
KY, on a Roland BR1600 digital 8
track.

 

Tour Dates:

03.06.12 – Nashville @ Foobar
03.07.12 – Atlanta @ The Earl 
03.08.12 – Huntsville @ Flying Monkey Theater 
03.10.12 – Shreveport @ The Collective 
03.11.12 – Denton @ 35 Denton
03.13.12 – Austin @ SXSW
03.15.12 – Austin @ SXSW
03.16.12 – Austin @ SXSW
03.17.12 – Austin @ SXSW
03.17.12 – Oklahoma City @ The Conservatory
03.18.12 – Little Rock @ Dedicated
03.19.12 – Hot Springs @ Valley Of The Vapors 
03.21.12 – Chattanooga @ Sluggo’s North 
03.22.12 – Cincinnati @ Mayday 
03.23.12 – Louisville @ Zanzabar 
03.24.12 – Pittsburgh @ Club Cafe

 

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