FRIDAY, JUNE 1 at 7:00 PM // BOXCAR STAGE
SATURDAY, JUNE 2 at 3:00 PM // PORCH STAGE
SATURDAY, JUNE 2 at 5:15 PM // NO-FI CABIN
Franklin County, Virginia
Twain is the singer/songwriter project of Mt. Davidson, formerly a member of the Low Anthem and Spirit Family Reunion. For the past decade or so, Mt. Davidson has cultivated his songs and sounds, attempting to create a bridge, a meeting place, between the terrestrial and the mystic. He is a ponderous and delicate sort of creature, short and vaguely leonine, who has spent most of his young life abiding in the midlands of transcendence.
Following its quiet self-release in 2014, his fifth LP, Life Labors in the Choir, has steadily gained devoted listeners throughout the globe and continues to blossom today. The album describes a marked evolution in an alluring yet strange and hesitant discography. Progressing from the bashfully childlike sounds of 2005’s Madeline, (now lost), through self-constructed garage multi-track tangles of Sleeping Tree (2007) and Almanack (2008), we hear the progress of a young man struggling to free himself from the shackles of depression and neurosis. In 2010’s Love is All Around, a distinct breakthrough can be felt in the form of a question that challenges the foundation of the doubt and fear running through the early music. This sudden evolution is in no small part owing to the addition of two musicians, Peter Pezzimenti (drums and vibes) and Ken Woodward (basses), and a sound engineer, Adrian Olsen. The music really began to breathe.
This past fall, Twain released a new record of songs, Rare Feeling, on Keeled Scales Records (Austin, TX). The foundation of the record was captured in a tool shed by the great magi-bard, S. McMicken (Dr. Dog), using ancient and secret methods of time distortion. The resultant reels were then brought to Richmond, VA, where master engineer and sound-seeker, Adrian Olsen, guided the songs into completion. As with the previous LP, the band has labored to present a purely AAA analog disc, and is eager for you to experience the special magnetic warmth that results from the process.