26 november 2005

Rocky Votolato

This guy used to be in a punk band, but now he plays more folky alá Damien Rice kind of music. He has a record comming out on Barsuk the same label as indie hipsters Death Cab For Cutie on the 24th of January.

Conventional wisdom says that singer-songwriters need a mythology. We can't supply you with any Lanegan- or Earle-style tales of past drug abuse or Adams-ish anecdotes of stupidity and arrogance in telling the story of Rocky Votolato. But here's what we know: Rocky is a soft-spoken, very sweet, very hard-working 28-year-old father of two, born in rural Texas and raised in the Pacific Northwest indie scene (where he fronted the acclaimed but emo-stigmatized Waxwing). He has matured over the course of three increasingly accomplished solo albums, and writes songs that seem to have been scratched into a boxcar wall by a worn-out and lonesome ghost.

White Daisy Passing (mp3)
Mix Tapes / Cellmates (mp3)
Crabtree and Evelyn (mp3)
Like Silver (mp3)
Without Eyes Still Seeing (mp3)
One More Work Song Blues (mp3)
Silent (mp3)



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