Friday, October 07, 2011

Ralph White

Ralph White
The Hanged Man
Sloow Tapes – CS 40

Ralph White’s home-made Americana internalizes old folk, proto-blues and country music into meditative, psychedelic textures transcended by a high-lonesome drawl. Drone-like banjo, reminiscent of Dock Bogg’s, fiddle, button accordion and African kalimba. Edition of 100 copies.


Edition of 100 copies cassette from American Primitive banjo player, fiddler, accordionist and homemade marimba stylist and psychedelic Texan balladeer Ralph White. Some full group settings here that see Ralph detourning country swing with dark drones and weird world music polyglots, resituating the music of Dock Boggs and The Stanley Brothers in the context of DIY Southern psych, with sudden wormholes of reverb and echo working to give the tracks a feeling of infinite depth. White’s style is as laidback and gloriously stoned as Michael Hurley, even when he’s taking “Gallows Melody” at a galloping, transcontinental pace. (Volcanic Tongue)