New American Farmers to Release The Farmacology Sessions
The duo explores new vocal and musical territory and adds a few surprise guests on their sophomore record due out on October 14th, 2014
PLAYERS: Nicole Storto: Vocals, guitar///Paul Knowles: Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, 2nd lead guitar on â€œThe Gardenâ€, B3 organ, REV and Sitar///Kevin T. White: Electric bass, standup bass///Dave Zirbel: Pedal steel, lap steel, lead guitar on â€œThe Gardenâ€ ///Tony Sales: Drums///GUESTS: Chuck Prophet: Lead and rhythm guitars on â€œAiming For The Daylightâ€, Fender VI lead guitar on â€œBreathe In, Breathe Outâ€///Nigel â€œTwistâ€ Phillips from The Alarm: Drums on â€œRain In The Summertimeâ€ (an Alarm cover)/// Dave Walker: Lead guitars on â€œRain In The Summertimeâ€///Howie Cockrill: Mandolin, fiddle and violins on â€œDown At The Pharmacyâ€ and â€œCarrot and Stickâ€
San Francisco, CA August 2014â€”The nine tracks on The Farmacology Sessions showcase the intertwining harmonies and sharp songwriting that mark the work of New American Farmers. This Americana music duo of Paul Knowles and Nicole Storto have been crafting songs together for 10 yearsâ€”many years as the project, â€œMars Arizonaâ€ before changing their name to New American Farmers in 2012. Their first album as New American Farmers, Brand New Day was well-received and led a No Depression reviewer to rave, â€œAt times, they sound like a current day reincarnation of Gram and Emmylou, what with their smooth harmonies and gilded sentiments.â€ The Farmacology Sessions is their 2nd album as New American Farmers.
The Farmacology Sessions was a project that happened organically. â€œWe hadnâ€™t really planned on doing another record in 2014, but the songs just started flowing.â€ Said Knowles. â€œWe had the opportunity for some time in a great studio (Opus Sound), so we started recording with Kevin T. White (bass player for Chuck Prophetâ€™s Mission Express), and Tony Sales. This led to a couple of sessions with Chuck Prophet joining in on guitar. He was in between projects and was hungry to get into the studio and play with a band. We recorded one of the tracks live and he hinted that he wouldnâ€™t mind coming back for another session. So, we are very fortunate to have his embellishment on the new record.â€
The result is a late 60â€™s early 70â€™s influenced folk rock album. â€œIt stretches out more,â€ said Knowles, â€œit takes more chances and we had a blast doing it.â€ The Farmerâ€™s vocal style is very unique in that Knowles and Storto are able to sing each otherâ€™s harmonies and switch parts throughout the songs. The songwriting is insightful and the arrangements are nice and open. Chuck Prophet lends his talents for the upbeat and jubilant song â€œAiming for the Daylightâ€ which captures the Farmerâ€™s signature Americana groove. â€œChuck had the perfect riff for this song the moment he had his telecaster unpacked,â€ said Knowles. Prophet also adds his trademark sound to the song, â€œBreathe In, Breathe Outâ€, a pep talk for dealing with lifeâ€™s every day tribulations, as well as with musicians and recording artists dealing with the loss of income from their efforts. Itâ€™s a direct nudge across the bow of the current streaming music model.
Another guest player on the record is Alarm drummer, Nigel Phillips. Knowles met him when he was in a band that opened for The Alarm in the 80â€™s. He then re-connected with Nigel through his bass player Kevin, who met Nigel just by chance as he was walking down the street with his bass bag. That turned into Nigel doing some live shows with the Farmers and he went on to record a cover of The Alarm song, â€œRain In The Summertimeâ€ for The Farmacology Sessions. â€œWe thought that particular song was farmer friendly and would strike a chord with a lot of Californians,â€ said Knowles.
A cover of The Monkees â€œDoor Into Summerâ€ gets a psychedelic country makeover from Knowles and Storto, while â€œDown At The Pharmacyâ€ acknowledges the greed of big Pharma, with a tune that suggests Lennon and McCartney backed by a pedal steel drenched country band. â€œWeâ€™ve had fun with that one,â€ said Knowles, â€œMeshing pedal steel with a Lonely Hearts Club Band overtone.â€
Knowles and Storto continue to showcase their growth as songwriters intent on celebrating the essence of the American experience. â€œWeâ€™re about the songs,â€ Knowles claims. â€œWe plant them wherever we can. Maybe theyâ€™ll grow, maybe they wonâ€™t, but weâ€™re not going to throw in a bunch of trendy additives to convince you that what we do has value. If you want to drop in and soak up the vibe, youâ€™re more than welcome.â€
New American Farmers will be playing live in the Bay area and celebrating their record release at The Great American Music Hall on Friday, September 5th 8pm
For those not in the Bay Area, you can check out the track, â€œAiming For The Daylightâ€ exclusively through Elmore Magazine: http://bit.ly/1swLH3q
For more information: www.NewAmericanFarmers.org
Listen to select cuts from The Farmacology Sessions at: http://deliradio.com/new-american-farmers
NAF at Great American Music Hall in SF, with special guests James DePrato (SG guitar) and Melissa Phillips (harmony vocals). Lead guitar – Dave Zirbel, Drums – Nigel “Twist” Phillips, Bass – Kevin T. White, Nicole Storto and Paul Knowles […]
James DePrato and Melissa Phillips guest on this song, James trades solos on his SG with Dave Zirbel’s telecaster thinline. Melissa sings a great harmony part to this track from “The Farmacology Sessions” , due out on October 14th.
Local record release party for “The Farmacology Sessions” at the Great American Music Hall in SF, CA.
From “Brand New Day” released April 9, 2013. Get the album here: http://newamericanfarmers.bandcamp.com Strings by…
Video shoot from New Year’s Eve, 2012, DIY, quick and dirty. This track was released on the New American Farmers’ EP “Rotation: Part 1” and will be included on “Brand New Day”, the new 180 gram vinyl LP from Big […]
I was inspired this morning by an 11- year-old boy who made a speech about the food that we consume and started thinking of the comparisons regarding the quality of the food that we consume and the quality of […]
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