Track leads off forthcoming EP, due in May.
By Blurt Staff
BLURT’s readership is certainly no stranger to Jimbo Mathus, whether via the Squirrel Nut Zippers or his subsequent solo forays. He’s got a brand new EP due May 6, Band of Storms, on the Big Legal Mess label (an offshoot of Fat Possum). And we’ve got the distinct pleasure of unveiling a track from the EP to get you in the mood. Check out “Gringo Man”:
Mathus notes, of the song, that he wrote it on a cheap guitar rig he picked up at a Christian supply shop in Jackson, Tenn. “Sometimes a guitar will write its own song. t was like a little cardboard amp with a plastic cord going to it; I made that almost clichéd little rock ’n’ roll riff. But it’s like Keith Richards said about Jimmy Reed: He wrote the same song over and over, but he never did the same thing twice. It’s about celebrating the groove.”
According to Mathus, the new record – which slots in nicely following 2015’s Blue Healer and 2014’s Dark Night of the Soul, both critically acclaimed full lengths — comprises “Just some odds and ends … you know, folk music. It’s just a continuation of the work I’ve been doing for, shoot, the past 20 years. There’s no big overall, arching thing. It’s just random notes out of my brain.”
Well, one man’s random is another man’s sonic genius, eh? As Mathus has been doing of late, he produced the new material at Water Valley, Miss., studio Dial Back, tapping studio owner and Fat Possum partner Bruce Watson as executive producer. Bronson Tew engineered, mixed and mastered — and played many instruments, too. Also contributing are Ryan Rogers, Eric Carlton, Will McCarley, Jamison Hollister, Jim Spake, Mark Franklin and Stu Cole, who plays bass in the Zippers.
Mathus will of course be touring behind the EP – check dates at his official website. He’ll have a slew of Mississippi dates starting March 17, incidentally.
Go HERE to read our 2013 interview with Mathus, “The Education of Captain Catfish,” by veteran journalist Tom Speed.