• 2003-01-26
  • DAMON BRAMBLETT HOLLANDSCHE RADING - THE HERTENKAMP "IN THE WOODS" JANUARY 26, 2003 THE NETHERLANDS I was impressed by the album of Damon Bramblett (2000), saw him the same year on the Blue Highways Festival (Utrecht, the Netherlands) and it was nice to see him back in my country in the beginning of 2003. A tall man, great voice and on this recording full acoustic. Never heard from him again till I saw announcements for 2 small gigs a couple of days ago in Amsterdam (jan. 26, 2007) and Utrecht (jan. 28, 2007). Listen to the sample and have a look at his bio when you never heard of this great songsmith. Recorded by songhunter Artwork included Setlist: 01 tear him down 02 emotionally gone 03 devil on your side 04 thousand harts 05 loretta 06 champaign, illinois 07 i'm gonna sit on the porch and pick on my old guitar 08 shake sugaree 09 voice like mine 10 sea of heartbreak 11 today i started drinking again 12 when i was blind 13 nobody wants to go to the moon anymore 14 the years look good on you 15 sweet sundown 16 i forgot to remember to forget 17 heaven bound 18 falling apart 19 the wall 20 waiting for the mail 21 wouldn't have it any other way 22 sit right here (until i die) Equipment: microphone vocals: Behringer B2-pro (cardio) microphone a. guitar AKG C1000 2 lines direct mixed to 2-track stereo MD on the good old Yamaha MDX E100 NEVER BUY OR SELL SONGHUNTER RECORDINGS Bio: Damon Bramblett, the pride of Bangs, Texas, is a tall drink of water with a voice like Johnny Cash. Comparisons to The Man in Black are utterly unavoidable, even though Bramblett's voice is pitched a half-octave or so higher. The similarities lie in Bramblett's Cash-like quaver and, more vaguely, in the songs that both men write, which tend to dwell on the darker side of life and the warring factions of God and the bottle. Bramblett's songs, in fact, so far have been his meal ticket, having been cut by Kelly Willis, Sara Hickman and each of the Robison brothers. With his self-titled debut, Bramblett is hoping to make himself more than just a name on someone else's CD. Consider it done. A beguiling album of 11 impressionistic story-songs set against stark musical backdrops, Bramblett's debut germinates as slow as a West Texas cactus but blooms twice as majestically. On first listen, Bramblett's extremely deft southpaw picking comes to the fore. Producer Lloyd Maines (who seems to be everywhere at once these days) is wise to spotlight Bramblett's playing, for not only is his musicianship impressive but his lyrics take some time to sink in. One needs a soothing backdrop to mull over such lines as "She was always looking for her cigarettes / even after she lost her mind" off "When I Was Blind" and to ponder his various descriptions of the moon, such as "a red-faced drunk with a hundred black eyes" or "a big rotten egg trashing up the sky." As befits a West Texan, Bramblett writes spare-sounding songs that deal with concepts as expansive as the heavens, such as society's smug self-satisfaction ("Nobody Wants to Go to the Moon Anymore") and the bandwagon phenomenon ("Tear Him Down"). Although he's lumped in with the alt-country crowd, Bramblett is a misfit in any genre. There are country sensibilities, to be sure, but also elements of Dylanish folk, rock, Piedmont blues and rockabilly. He even occasionally trucks with an out-and-out jazz noir piece such as his own "Champaign, Illinois." Austin is a big town full of musicians, hype and hyped-up musicians. Few have Bramblett's genuine talent, and it will not be long before he joins the first rank of Texas songsmiths.
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  • 2 lines direct mixed to 2-track stereo MD on the good old Yamaha MDX E100
  • Damon Bramblett Live at "In The Woods" at the Hertenkamp on 2003-01-26
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