New albums by Glenn Jones and Alexander Tucker coming from Thrill Jockey in August

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During times of great excess, self-indulgence and immorality, it is often the simplest things that satisfy the most. Luckily, the folks at Thrill Jockey know how to inflame that infinite listening joy by doing nothing more than releasing good music, time and time again. And inflame it they shall this August when the label issues a two-fer of that goodness from sound seers Glenn Jones and Alexander Tucker!

First up is a new record from old-time finger-picking virtuoso, Glenn Jones. Jones is a master at many things, guitar-speaking, but is unparalleled at the American Primitive style, pioneered by his friend and mentor John Fahey. As with his previous plates, The Giant Who Ate Himself and Other New Works for 6 & 12 String Guitar pays tribute to the AP style and to Fahey (the album’s title itself is a tribute) while showing Jones’ penchant for exploring new vistas in the 6- and 12-string guitar worlds.

The latest disc from Alexander Tucker, meanwhile, marks his solo set since 2012’s Third Mouth and sees the artist and songwriter getting better and better with every release. With guests Nik Void (NPVR, Carter Tutti Void) and his Grumbling Fur bandmate Daniel O’ Sullivan, Don’t Look Away is a beguiling next step in his simmering psych brew.

The Giant Who Ate Himself and Other New Works for 6 & 12 String Guitar is available to pre-order on CD, DL, LP and limited “frog green” colored vinyl here and Don’t Look Away can be had on CD, DL, LP and limited “Coke bottle clear” colored LP here. Listen to Jones’ “The Sunken Amusement Park” studio recording (rare, for him) and Tucker’s first-rate album opener “Objects” below. Both releases are due August 24.

Glenn Jones The Giant Who Ate Himself and Other New Works for 6 & 12 String Guitar tracklisting:

01. The Giant Who Ate Himself
02. Everything Ends
03. The Last Passenger Pigeon
04. The Was and the Is
05. A Different Kind of Christmas Carol
06. River in the Sky
07. From Frederick to Fredericksburg
08. Even the Snout and the Tail
09. Elliot Audrey, Born Today
10. The Sunken Amusement Park

Alexander Tucker Don’t Look Away tracklisting:

01. Objects
02. Sisters and Me
03. Visiting Again
04. Boys Names
05. The Saddest Summer 2
06. Ghost on the Ledge
07. Gloops Void (Give It Up)
08. Behind the Shoulder
09. A to Z
10. Citadel
11. Yesterday’s Honey

Glenn Jones live:

07.27.18 – Thetford, VT – Thetfest
09.06-8.18 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival (date TBA)

Glenn Jones – “The Sunken Amusement Park”

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Glenn JonesAmerican primitive guitar virtuoso Glenn Jones is returning this summer with The Giant Who Ate Himself And Other New Works For 6 And 12 String Guitar, another collection of warm, intuitive acoustic fingerpicked beauty. Named in tribute to Jones’ longtime mentor and friend John Fahey, the album will be out in August, and today he’s … More »

Have open-tuned, half-capo’d guitar, will travel: Glenn Jones to tour the East Coast starting TONIGHT

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It goes without saying that there are millions of amazing guitar players throughout this great wide world, but few are as blessed with the ability to deliver both grief and hope using tender acoustics (and the occasional brimming banjo) as Glenn Jones. For years now, Jones has been a man hell-bent on never playing it safe and always looking for inspiration in the most unexpected places. In a live setting, this curious searching comes out as pure joy personified.

And speaking of hell-bent, in honor of his three releases this year — including vinyl reissues of his first two LPs (This Is The Wind That Blows It Out and Against Which The Sea Continually Beats) and a live album Waterworks with collaborator Matthew Azevedo — the git-master has announced a clutch of east coast dates beginning TONIGHT (October 26) in Exeter, NH.

Although often associated with the “American Primitive” fingerpicking techniques pioneered by the likes of Robbie Basho and, especially, John Fahey in the late 1950s, Jones has a timeless touch and style all his own. When you are a one-man operation, you can afford to be unconventional, and Jones is just that. His selection of bonkers tunings alone set him apart from 99.999999% of players, but when you add songs that can evoke longing one minute, vibrant life the next, sans voice, you know you are witnessing a special talent.

Gird your expectations by sampling some of his work down below, and expect an “anything goes” approach at the shows listed below and concede your trust in the care-worn hands of the maestro.

Glenn Jones tour dates:

10.26.17 – Exeter, NH – The Button Factory Stage at WSCA Studios
10.27.17 – Portland, ME – Apohadion
11.04.17 – Philadelphia, PA – The Sound Hole
11.05.17 – Washington, DC – Rhizome
11.07.17 – Durham, NC – Nightlight
11.08.17 – Asheville, NC – Revolve #
11.09.17 – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light
11.10.17 – Greenville, SC – Horizon Records
11.11.17 – Blacksburg, VA – Rising Silo Brewery
11.13.17 – New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine
11.14.17 – Brookline, MA – Café Fixe
12.01.17 – Baltimore, MD – Creative Alliance at the Patterson

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