Etienne de Rocher mans the piano, bass, keyboards and backup harmony vocals, and Ches Smith supplies percussion. Ara Anderson, who’s added his horns to Tom Waits’ and Jolie Holland’s albums, adds some powerful oomph on trumpet and tuba. Hayes says that the process for getting this fourth record together has been “totally organic - - it has to do with time, and how the sound changes because of it, as well as with the people you play with.”
A little over a year ago, while playing a warehouse show for local arts and culture mag Kitchen Sink, Hayes bumped into fellow musician de Rocher. It was a fortuitous meeting. De Rocher invited Hayes to record a few songs at his garage studio, and Hayes eventually recorded the whole of Big Black Hole there. Thanks in part to de Rocher’s production, the album’s sound is a departure from his previous discs. Now, Hayes sounds a little less folky, a little more languid and groovy, as if he loosened the knot on his hobo tie after tossing back a few Don Julios — a better approximation of his live shows… - Elka Karl
Edited by shortys968 on 2 Oct 2009, 21:20
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