“Little Raider EP,” originally released in 2011, now includes two additional tracks, “The Treaty/Loose Talk” and “Waiting Here for the Light to Rise.” Available for the first time on vinyl, the extended and remastered EP carries the new title “Little Raider EP +2.” Regarding the new tracks, Johnson says, “Each of the additional songs had been hanging around in demo form for a while, and to my ear they co-habitated well with the songs on the original release. ‘Waiting Here For The Light To Rise’ is a song written with my late friend, Jason Molina, in mind.”
Remastered by Matt Pence, “Little Raider EP +2” brings new attention to Johnson’s solo work as he is experiencing a renaissance among fans and critics. Widely known as the front man for Centro-matic and South San Gabriel—as well as his collaborations with other musicians like Jason Molina, Vic Chesnutt, Patterson Hood, and others—Johnson has recently redoubled his solo touring and songwriting. According to Johnson, “Revisiting this release definitely helped me re-embody and re-work some of the songs over for the live shows. It also inspired me to write a handful of songs in a similar sonic and instrumental vein that I’ll formally track before too long.”
“Little Raider EP +2” will be available on vinyl or as a digital download from Goliad Media in early 2017.
In a separate agreement, Goliad Media will also be publishing Johnson’s first book. The as-yet-untitled project combines Johnson’s original fiction with his personal memoirs and other meditations and will be available in both print and electronic editions.
(Album art by Clint Sawyer. Photo by Christi LaViolette.)
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The Debut Solo Album by Scott Danbom
Forthcoming from Goliad Media
Denton, TX—Goliad Media Group, LLC, an independent record label, publishing house, and arts producer, will release the first solo album by Texas musician Scott Danbom. Slated for release in early 2017, the album will be available as an LP, CD, or digital download.
Danbom is a veteran performer and accompanist associated with Centro-matic, South San Gabriel, Will Johnson, Sarah Jaffe, Slobberbone, Brent Best, Drive-By Truckers, Patterson Hood, and many others. His as-yet-untitled album will merge two different sounds: the haunting keyboard-and-vocals arrangements North Texas music fans are discovering for the first time in Danbom’s long career, and an ambient-instrumental concept drawn from Danbom’s interest in experimental concept sounds. In writing and composing the album, Danbom is attempting a project under one title with divergent personalities “like a word and a symbol that mean the same thing but have a blurry, different feel.” Asked about what listeners should expect, Danbom says, “Interpretation will be varied, for sure. Any sort of art is only an individual’s brain filtration. This will be nothing too complex and nothing too simple.”
Danbom will record the album at Ramble Creek Recording Studio with engineer Britton Beisenherz, who has recently engineered albums with Will Johnson, Doug Burr, Milton Mapes, Monahans, Kelley McRae, and a number of others. Musicians Danbom has worked with throughout his career will make appearances on the album. Tour dates and official release information will be announced later in 2016.
I’d grown tired of hearing about borders—who draws them, who protects them, who defines them, who defies them. I’d become weary of the tragedy of refugees, of the anger of nationalists, so exhausted by ignorance and fear, so defeated by the unshakeable hold of hatred in a world that clings so tightly to imaginary lines on ever-changing maps. I dreamed of empty spaces. Continue reading The Goliad Monitor: Deafening Silences and Other Desert Contradictions
Denton-based sculptor and potter Ashley Young joins Leslie Hartman and Camille Green as visiting artists for the opening of “Life Looked Over: A Picture of West Texas History,” the new photography exhibition by Artist-in-Residence Christi LaViolette. In anticipation of her showcase at the event, Young tells us a little bit about family, work, and hard lessons. Continue reading The Goliad Monitor: Stoneware Stars
Camille Green shares a few words with us about painting, inspiration, and art itself in preparation for her appearance as a visiting artist at the opening of 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence Christi LaViolette’s new photography exhibition, “Life Looked Over: a Picture of West Texas History.” Green’s original artwork will be available at the event, which runs from 12:00-4:00 on Saturday, April 9 at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, TX. Continue reading The Goliad Monitor: Gravity and Color
Glassworker and jeweler Leslie Hartman, owner of Hartman Glass Studio, joins our 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence Christi LaViolette as a visiting artist at the opening of LaViolette’s new photography series “Life Looked Over: A Picture of West Texas History” on April 9 at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, TX. Hartman, who works largely with stained glass and sculptural glass jewelry, will showcase selections from her collection from 12:00-4:00. Her original work, which is popular in and around Denton, will be available for purchase.
In anticipation of the opening of Christi LaViolette’s new series “Life Looked Over: A Picture of West Texas History,” we asked her how she felt her series fits in with Goliad’s fascination with empty spaces — as well as what we can expect to see on April 9th.
The tie between Goliad’s fascination with empty spaces and Life Looked Over was a great fit because I was already interested in capturing the landscape as opposed to the people. It felt intrusive to hinder the people by photographing them personally. The emptiness of the landscape is a perfect tool to try to convey the history and culture of west Texas.
I think artistic value can be seen in any aspect of life when one looks at the right perspective. I find myself particularly fond of cities such as those in west Texas because they are so unique and beautiful but yet have been largely abandoned.
For this series, I really wanted to accentuate the inherent art in the landscape, so I used Kodak Endure Premier metallic paper for the black and white images. This paper produces remarkably clean whites and rich blacks, so the contrast in each images becomes very powerful. The reflectivity of the paper also adds an element to the contrast that helps capture the striking emptiness of the region. For the color images, I used a combination of Kodak Endure Premier paper and Photo Rag archival paper. Both offer very rich color ranges and deep, rich blacks
Goliad Media presents the opening of a new photography series by 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence Christi La Violette. “Life Looked Over: A Picture of West Texas History” captures the history, culture, isolation, and freedom of West Texas life. From the artist’s statement:
It was only after physically being in these towns that I learned of the story of Milton Faver, who owned the largest ranch in Texas and employed countless ranch-hands from Mexico, or the struggle of Shafter residents to fight the installation of the Trans-Pecos pipeline, or the immensely expensive TARS program that created a larger than life blimp to keep Mexican immigrants from crossing the Rio Grande into Texas. I wanted to show the people of West Texas, but it felt too intrusive into their way of life. Instead the structures left behind, looked-over, or forgotten seemed to paint the picture of life in West Texas, both from its beginnings in the 19th century to present day. Every image is in some way overlooked but crucial to the past and present of the history of West Texas and its many border towns.
“Life Looked Over” opens Saturday, April 9th from 12:00-4:00 at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, TX. The opening is free to the public and will also feature guest artists Camille Green, Leslie Hartman, and Ashley Young.
From the expanses of the Chihuahuan Desert to the secrets of the Piney Woods, Texas is travelers’ country. Home to several distinct cultures, the only common trait among the far-flung people of the Lone Star State is hardscrabble grit—a persistence in the relentless landscape.
But there is more to Texas than tumbleweeds and tornadoes. The people who define the state’s distinct cultures live in uneasy truce with their own history, undermining tradition and making their own rules. Texans are nothing if not solitary, even together in a crowded theater in Lufkin, Texas, hosting Mandy Patinkin for an a cappella thunderstorm performance. Or on the beaches of Mustang Island, where laws don’t apply. Or huddled against the desert cold in distant Marathon for a fire-lit music festival.
In Reverb, TX, Harlin Anderson takes you to each of these places and more, carving a traveler’s path between major highways and larger-than-life cities. His travelogue is part memoir, part confession—a journal of growth, loss, and exploration. This is a brutal, breathtaking debut, and it will leave you wandering for years to come.
Harlin Anderson attended the University of Missouri on a journalism scholarship before ultimately earning an M.A. in creative writing from the University of North Texas. He worked as a copywriter in the entertainment industry for several years, and he is the co-founder of the ambitious but short-lived literary magazine The Porch as well as creative director of Lumberjack Fest, a music and arts showcase now entering its twelfth year. He’s written about music, literature, and television for a variety of websites, including Hulu.com. Harlin lives in Denton, Texas with his wife and three dogs.