Electric Verdeland Vol. 1

by The Grassy Knoll

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Dan Leithauser Long time The Grassy Knoll fan for their blend of rock, jazz, noise, and vocals. Heard this on the end music for FX Legion S1-E7. Favorite track: Art Of Fear.
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    ION RECORDS are proud to have the privilege of being an official distributor of the highly anticipated new album from The Grassy Knoll: Electric Verdeland Vol. 1

    The Grassy Knoll
    Electric Verdeland, Vol. 1

    After a decade of dormancy, The Grassy Knoll returns with a new album brimming with a sense of fresh possibilities: Electric Verdeland, Vol. 1. In the late 1990s, The Grassy Knoll – a/k/a multi-instrumentalist and producer Nolan “Bob” Green – was on the leading edge of a new kind of music, a darkly artful mix of the electric and the organic, of digital sampling and analog virtuosity. It was the sound of rock, jazz and electronica melded. Salon dubbed The Grassy Knoll’s music “groundbreaking and futuristic,” while CMJ deemed it “radical.” Billboard magazine went further, describing those early albums on Nettwerk and Antilles/Verve thusly: “A soundtrack for the conspiracy theory in your mind, The Grassy Knoll fuses the technical terrorism of the Bomb Squad with the organic impact of Miles Davis’ Jack Johnson – industrial-strength beats vying with serpentine sax solos, ambient-noir atmospheres cloaking coiled aggression... Cut-and-paste style, it effectively blurs the line between Birdland and clubland.” Such edgy instrumentalists as Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and avant-jazz saxophonist Ellery Eskelin were drawn into The Grassy Knoll studio web, while tastemakers like Shirley Manson of Garbage and guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Colour sang the praises for albums The Grassy Knoll (1994), Positive (1996), III (1998) and Short Stories (2003).

    The new Electric Verdeland, Vol. 1 – including such highlights as “Voluptuous Misery,” “Car in Reverse,” “Rain Rain Down” and “Headlong into the Sun” – features the same combustible sonic mix that so beguiled the cognoscenti near the turn of the millennium: the vintage hard-rock samples, the flesh-and-blood solos, the dark-hued rhythmic atmosphere, the ever-grooving pulse. Along with the Austin, TX-based Green on bass guitar and various other tools, the album’s instrumentalists come from far-flung genres and geography, including guitarist Vernon Reid, trumpeter Chris Grady and keyboardist Dave Depper, as well as such Austin luminaries as Brad Houser on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, Jesse Dayton on guitar, Chris Forshage on trumpet, Brian Batch on violin and Jeff Johnston on musical saw. Also, for the first time on a record by The Grassy Knoll, there are featured vocalists: Jon Dee Graham (the only three-time inductee to the Austin Music Hall of Fame), Adam Sultan of Poi Dog Pondering, Ann Courtney of Mother Feather, Francine Thirteen, Laura Scarborough and James Rotondi of Roto’s Magic Act. Summing up the album, Green says: “More than ever, The Grassy Knoll is a vehicle for me to be relentless – relentless in pursuit of something beautiful and true and, above all, alive.”

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ION RECORDS are proud to have the privilege of being an official distributor of the highly anticipated new album from The Grassy Knoll: Electric Verdeland Vol. 1

After a decade of dormancy, The Grassy Knoll returns with a new album brimming with a sense of fresh possibilities: Electric Verdeland, Vol. 1. In the late 1990s, The Grassy Knoll – a/k/a multi-instrumentalist and producer Nolan “Bob” Green – was on the leading edge of a new kind of music, a darkly artful mix of the electric and the organic, of digital sampling and analog virtuosity. It was the sound of rock, jazz and electronica melded. Salon dubbed The Grassy Knoll’s music “groundbreaking and futuristic,” while CMJ deemed it “radical.” Billboard magazine went further, describing those early albums on Nettwerk and Antilles/Verve thusly: “A soundtrack for the conspiracy theory in your mind, The Grassy Knoll fuses the technical terrorism of the Bomb Squad with the organic impact of Miles Davis’ Jack Johnson – industrial-strength beats vying with serpentine sax solos, ambient-noir atmospheres cloaking coiled aggression... Cut-and-paste style, it effectively blurs the line between Birdland and clubland.” Such edgy instrumentalists as Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and avant-jazz saxophonist Ellery Eskelin were drawn into The Grassy Knoll studio web, while tastemakers like Shirley Manson of Garbage and guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Colour sang the praises for albums The Grassy Knoll (1994), Positive (1996), III (1998) and Short Stories (2003).

The new Electric Verdeland, Vol. 1 – including such highlights as “Voluptuous Misery,” “Car in Reverse,” “Rain Rain Down” and “Headlong into the Sun” – features the same combustible sonic mix that so beguiled the cognoscenti near the turn of the millennium: the vintage hard-rock samples, the flesh-and-blood solos, the dark-hued rhythmic atmosphere, the ever-grooving pulse. Along with the Austin, TX-based Green on bass guitar and various other tools, the album’s instrumentalists come from far-flung genres and geography, including guitarist Vernon Reid, trumpeter Chris Grady and keyboardist Dave Depper, as well as such Austin luminaries as Brad Houser on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, Jesse Dayton on guitar, Chris Forshage on trumpet, Brian Batch on violin and Jeff Johnston on musical saw. Also, for the first time on a record by The Grassy Knoll, there are featured vocalists: Jon Dee Graham (the only three-time inductee to the Austin Music Hall of Fame), Adam Sultan of Poi Dog Pondering, Ann Courtney of Mother Feather, Francine Thirteen, Laura Scarborough and James Rotondi of Roto’s Magic Act. Summing up the album, Green says: “More than ever, The Grassy Knoll is a vehicle for me to be relentless – relentless in pursuit of something beautiful and true and, above all, alive.”

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released March 17, 2015

Created by NOLAN GREEN

Featuring:

JESSE DAYTON
Jesse Dayton is an Austin, Texas-based honky tonk and rockabilly artist, best known for his guitar contributions to albums by country musicians including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson.
The Austin American-Statesman simply but quite accurately called Dayton “turbo-country.”
Dayton is often refered to as “the best kept secret in modern country music.”

Track 1. The Kids Want A Little Action • Guitar

VERNON REID
Vernon Reid is a Brooklyn, New York songwriter, composer, and bandleader. Best known as the founder and primary songwriter of the rock band Living Colour, Reid was named No. 66 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He first came to prominence in the 1980s in the band of drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson. In 1985, Reid co-founded the Black Rock Coalition with journalist Greg Tate and producer Konda Mason.

Track 1. The Kids Want A Little Action • Guitar Track 2. Car In Reverse • Guitar
Track 7. Art Of Fear • Guitar

BRAD HOUSER
Brad Houser is an American bass guitar, baritone saxophone and bass clari- net player, originally from Dallas, Texas. He was a co-founding member of the New Bohemians, later to become known as Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. He also co-founded Critters Buggin (of Seattle, Washington) with fellow New Bohemian Matt Chamberlain and Skerik. Houser has also co-designed a line of bass guitars with Reverend Guitars named the “Brad Houser 5”

Track 1. The Kids Want A Little Action • Saxophone
Track 7. Art Of Fear • Saxophone
Track 8. The Definitive Manifesto For Handling Haters • Saxophone
Track 9. The Camera Is On You • Bass Clarintet

JAMES ROTONDI
James Rotondi, aka Roto, is a songwriter, guitarist and composer based in Brooklyn. His career includes stints with French superstars Air, Mike Patton’s Mr. Bungle, and Trilon, with Reggie Watts and Michael Shrieve. He has per- formed with the Grassy Knoll since 1996. Roto’s latest projects include his own “gothic power-pop” band Roto’s Magic Act, the Eighties-inspired duo Spy Empire, and the eclectic hard rock quartet Hundred Hounds.

“Casual brilliance . . . a masterful songwriter.” —Blurt Magazine
“Cinematic guitar tones and three-dimensional production.” —Guitar Player

Track 2. Car In Reverse • Guitar
Track 4. Voluptuous Misery • Vocals, Guitar
Track 5. Into Your Mind • Vocals, Guitar
Track 9. The Camera Is On You • Vocals, Guitar

ANN COURTNEY
Ann Courtney is the lead singer and frontwoman for the New York City based rock band Mother Feather.

“Anyone who comes across Mother Feather is in fact incredibly fortunate since there’s nothing quite like them in the current scene, and their live performances are nothing short of electrifying.” - The Urban Realist

“Mother Feather is a great New York City band in the tradition of Great New York City Bands. They aren’t a Brooklyn band. They aren’t geteel and they don’t look at their shoes when they play. Their stage show matches the bombast of Black Sabbath with the kinetic sexual energy of Karen O squared.” - Huffington Post

Track 2. Car In Reverse • Vocals

CHRIS GRADY
Chris Grady is a trumpet player and composer currently based in Oakland, CA. He was the first artist to join the grassy knoll back in 1993. He has per- formed and recorded with Tom Waits, Jewel and numerous other luminaries of the music world. An original member of the legendary Club Foot Orches- tra, Chris performs with The Beth Custer Ensemble, Orchestra Nostalgico, Mark Growdon and many others.

Track 4. Voluptuous Misery • Trumpet

LAURA SCARBOROUGH
Musical adventurist Laura Scarborough creates sounds with voice, effects, keyboards, vibraphone, and other devices. Known to some as a sexy psychedelic Mary Poppins, she feeds spoonfuls of sonic deliciousness to all projects she contributes to. Awarded Austin’s Keyboardist of the Year award in 2009, Laura still currently resides in Austin, Texas as Queen Toy Master for The Golden Dawn Arkestra and her own project Laura Scarborough’s Musiklandia. She works with many various artists including Bob Schneider’s Moonlight Orchestra, Quixotic, Suzanna Choffel, and is also currently a part of Kat Edmonson’s NY based touring band.

Track 6. Rain Rain Down • Vocals, Vocal FX

ADAM SULTAN
Adam Sultan is an Austin, TX guitarist, songwriter and composer. He was a member of Poi Dog Pondering and led the band Hollowbody. Sultan is co-founder of the sado-vaudevillian act, Mistress Stephanie & Her Melodic Cat.

Track 7. Art Of Fear • Vocals, Lead Guitar

CHRIS FORSHAGE
Chris Forshage is an Austin, Texas based multi instrumentalist specializing
in guitar and trumpet. His diverse musical activities include playing with Ian Moore and Austin electronica stalwarts OHN to Texas thrash pioneers “Scum of The Earth” and Disgust. He is also known far and wide as a Luthier, builder of fine handmade guitars, basses and mandolins.

Track 10. The Sympathetic Seducer • Trumpet

BRIAN BATCH
Brian grew up isolated on an airport for gliders in Midland, Texas, and found the violin was a great way to escape the pressures of small town Texas life. Brian’s daring solo violin orchestrations bring emotion and edge to an instru- ment that is often more known for classical beauty. He is an original member of the Austin band Alpha Rev. Batch is also a talented singer and composer. The Austin Symphony has performed Brian’s original compositions, with Brian singing and on guitar.

Track 10. The Sympathetic Seducer • Violin

DAVE DEPPER
Dave Depper is a Portland, Oregon singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, and drummer. He is currently on tour playing guitar and keyboards with Ray LaM- ontagne. Depper has also been a member of Menomena, The Fruit Bats, and The Corin Tucker band. He re-recorded Paul McCartney’s album Ram in 30 days playing every instrument.

“The Ram Project was meant to be a simple exercise in learning how to
finish something I’d started, an effort to improve my skills at home recording, an attempt to better myself as a musician and singer, and finally a celebration of one of my favorite records. It ended up becoming something that profound- ly affected my life in ways I could have never predicted.” - Dave Depper

Track 11. Something Together • Mellotron, Choir Vocals

FRANCINE THIRTEEN
Francine Thirteen landed from Venus in Dallas, Texas, where she began her earthly life. She is heavily influenced by the emotion of gospel music and the magic of sacred virgins and the mystery of holy whores. She loves rhythms that growl.

“Francine’s voice is so beautiful and unique. It reminds me of Nicolette from Massive Attack or an electrified Nina Simone. I love it. Finally Austin has a dark, trip-hoppy female singer.” - Republic of Austin

Track 11. Something Together • Vocals

JEFF JOHNSTON
Jeff Johnston is an Austin, Texas multi-instrumentalist. He was a key member of The Orange Mothers as well as Lil’ Cap’n Travis. He is widely recognized as a master of the saw as a musical instrument. His talent can be heard in the soundtrack to Richard Linklater’s “A Scanner Darkly.”

Track 11. Something Together • Saw

JON DEE GRAHAM
Jon Dee Graham is a musician, guitarist and songwriter from Austin, Texas. He was named the Austin Musician of the Year during the South by South- west (music conference in 2006. He was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times: as a solo artist in 2000, again in 2008 as a member of The Skunks, and again in 2009 as a member of the True Believers.

Track 11. Something Together • Vocals

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