I hope I can get to check him and the band out if they perform on the East Coast thanks for the link Al Kroeger -----Original Message----- From: Dave Trenkel [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Friday, August 08, 2003 2:12 PM To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com Subject: Joel Harrison and Free Country Hey, I was lucky enough to be one of the about 10 people in the audience to hear Joel Harrison and his band Free Country last night, at Squirrels here in Corvallis, OR. He's in the middle of a West Coast tour supporting his new CD, and it seems that the tour hasn't gotten the publicity it deserves, so I thought I'd give a heads up to the list. Basically, if you like Frisell's recent discs, or Nels Cline's jazzier stuff, you will also dig this band. Harrison is an NYC-based guitarist with great, understated chops, and a surprisingly good voice. This band does avant jazz arrangements of country and folk standards, and as corny as that might sound, it really works well! Plus, there's actual looping content. Harrison uses a DL4 a lot to set up drones and loops of finger-picked guitar parts. His sax player, David Binney, uses a Boss SP202 sampler to capture and process live samples of the band, and does so better than just about anyone I've seen using the SP202. During one tune, where the band went into a dub feel, Binney did a really interesting live dub on the band just using the SP202 and a boss digital delay pedal. The band also includes an acoustic bassist and a drummer, both great players. The band will be at Jimmy Mak's in Portland tonight, in Olympia on 8/11, and Seattle on 8/12. For more details and other dates in the area, there's a schedule on his website http://www.joelharrison.com/ I really urge any NW loopsters to check this band out, I left the club last night totally inspired.