Chadbourne, Eugene/Warren Smith - Odd Time

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Eugene Chadbourne (12-string banjo, banjo, vocals), Warren Smith (drums, tympani, marimba, percussion, vibes)

"Eugene Chadbourne is like a banjo-slinging 21st-century incarnation of Mark Twain. He underlines the absurdity of the war on drugs with his classic “Choppin’ Down Weeds,” and of the war on terror with “New New War War.” But he’s far from a one-dimensional songwriter, as he also delivers a melancholic song for his father with “Put Me Back in the River” and an apocalyptic fable of greed and struggle with “Checkers of Blood.” When Chadbourne lived in New York City in the 1970's he went to jazz shows at Warren Smith's Tribeca loft. One evening the older Smith gave the younger Chadbourne an instructional book by Louis Bellson called Odd Time Reading Text. 30+ years later and completely coincidentally, Eugene and Warren recorded this record together with the gift of that book hovering over the session. Hence the title of the record with the added kicker that we live in odd times."

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