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Ghost Town

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  • Bill Frisell's classic album Nashville, first released on Nonesuch Records in 1997, will receive its first worldwide vinyl release on November 23, 2018. The vinyl edition, made in partnership with Run Out Groove, was mastered for vinyl by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in a two-LP set pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Industry in the Netherlands. The set comes in a gatefold tip-on jacket made at Stoughton Printing with outtake photos from the sessions. Limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, the Nashville vinyl edition is available to pre-order now.

  • Sam Amidon and guitarist Bill Frisell are the guests on the eTown radio show. Following Frisell's set, Amidon makes his eTown debut performing three songs from his latest album, Lily-O—"Down the Line," "Walkin' Boss," and "Your Lone Journey"—as well as "Another Man Done Gone," from an earlier album, and joins host Nick Forster for a conversation about his life and music. The show closes with a group performance of "I'll Fly Away." You can listen to the complete show and watch the performances here.

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  • About This Album

    Guitarist, composer, and bandleader Bill Frisell marked his first-ever solo release in 2000 with Ghost Town, a project he considers a major personal milestone. The idea of making a solo record is one that had been simmering for a long time, “for as long as I’ve been playing,” recounts Frisell.

    Frisell believes that one of the most important aspects of music in general, and certainly in his own music making, is interaction. An essential element of his creative process is responding to stimulus from other musicians, and so the prospect of playing alone was a great challenge, both technically and creatively. Finding a way to be comfortable with silence was one of his primary concerns with the truly solo performances. For the more layered material, through the use of loops and overdubbing, Frisell learned to rely solely on his own sound, creating an environment where he could feel the same sense of responding to other musical voices.

    Much of the original material on the album (except for "Ghost Town" and "Poem for Eva") receives its first recording here. Rounding out the set of originals are several cover tunes that Frisell links to various historical periods in his life and different stages in his musical development. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams and “Wildwood Flower” by A.P. Carter reflect on some of the ideas he had been exploring in the previous few years. Frisell has been a fan of John McLaughlin ever since he started listening to jazz in 1969, when he heard McLaughlin on Miles Davis’ classic Bitches Brew sessions, and McLaughlin’s “Follow Your Heart” had been a favorite for some time. Frisell first heard “My Man’s Gone Now” (George & Ira Gershwin) the very first time he discovered Jim Hall on a recording with Bill Evans.

    Ghost Town is Bill Frisell’s 13th recording for Nonesuch.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Bill Frisell, electric and acoustic guitars, 6-string banjo, loops and bass
     

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Lee Townsend
    Recorded and Mixed at Mobius Music, San Francisco
    Recording and Mixing Engineer: Christian Jones
    Additional Mixing and Editing at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
    Additional Editing: Adam Muñoz
    Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City

    Production Assistance: Louisa Spier
    Artwork by Claude Utley (Sunman in a Landscape, Musician with a Guitar, Orange Haired Woman of the Autumn Village, Under a Golden Sky, Ancient Masonry)
    Design: Gwen Terpstra, Terpstra Design, San Francisco
    Photographs of Bill: Luciano Viti

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Artist Name: 
Bill Frisell
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Release Date: 
Friday, February 25, 2000 - 05:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Frisell’s first-ever solo album is an evocative, highly personal meditation on American roots music, including interpretations of Hank Williams and A. P. Carter. Noted Billboard, “Frisell conjures off-kilter prairie hymns and bent Appalachian waltzes ... Ghost Town sounds like a classic already.”

Description: 

Guitarist, composer, and bandleader Bill Frisell marked his first-ever solo release in 2000 with Ghost Town, a project he considers a major personal milestone. The idea of making a solo record is one that had been simmering for a long time, “for as long as I’ve been playing,” recounts Frisell.

Frisell believes that one of the most important aspects of music in general, and certainly in his own music making, is interaction. An essential element of his creative process is responding to stimulus from other musicians, and so the prospect of playing alone was a great challenge, both technically and creatively. Finding a way to be comfortable with silence was one of his primary concerns with the truly solo performances. For the more layered material, through the use of loops and overdubbing, Frisell learned to rely solely on his own sound, creating an environment where he could feel the same sense of responding to other musical voices.

Much of the original material on the album (except for "Ghost Town" and "Poem for Eva") receives its first recording here. Rounding out the set of originals are several cover tunes that Frisell links to various historical periods in his life and different stages in his musical development. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams and “Wildwood Flower” by A.P. Carter reflect on some of the ideas he had been exploring in the previous few years. Frisell has been a fan of John McLaughlin ever since he started listening to jazz in 1969, when he heard McLaughlin on Miles Davis’ classic Bitches Brew sessions, and McLaughlin’s “Follow Your Heart” had been a favorite for some time. Frisell first heard “My Man’s Gone Now” (George & Ira Gershwin) the very first time he discovered Jim Hall on a recording with Bill Evans.

Ghost Town is Bill Frisell’s 13th recording for Nonesuch.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Lee Townsend
Recorded and Mixed at Mobius Music, San Francisco
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Christian Jones
Additional Mixing and Editing at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
Additional Editing: Adam Muñoz
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City

Production Assistance: Louisa Spier
Artwork by Claude Utley (Sunman in a Landscape, Musician with a Guitar, Orange Haired Woman of the Autumn Village, Under a Golden Sky, Ancient Masonry)
Design: Gwen Terpstra, Terpstra Design, San Francisco
Photographs of Bill: Luciano Viti

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79583

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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38
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83
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Wednesday, March 1, 2000 - 05:00
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Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597958324BUN
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597958362
Price: 
9.00
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Bill Frisell, electric and acoustic guitars, 6-string banjo, loops and bass
 

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