It's a difficult time, and doubly so for small independent record companies like our Maryland-based label Cuneiform Records. Not only are sales down due to the economy--CD burning and illegal free download sites are cutting significantly into the market.
You can support dedicated and creative independent music businesses by buying a CD or two, and of course our CD Forked Tongue is one possibility.
The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble prepared for our annual pilgrimage to New Orleans with a warm-up gig at Cambridge's Plough & Stars on Tuesday 2/10.
We'll be traveling to NOLA and playing again on the Amtrak Crescent, with a stop for our first ever performance in Philadelphia on the way down at the World Cafe Live on Monday 2/16.
In New Orleans, we'll be appearing on the radio on WTUL and the legendary WWOZ, and in a great show with Papa Mali for his 2nd Annual Supernatural Ball" at Tipitina's on Thursday 2/19.
Earlier that evening we'll be marching with the Krewe of Muses for their annual Mardi Gras parade.
Shortly after we return, we'll do a free show back in Cambridge on Thu 3/12 at the Clear Conscience Cafe in Central Square, with special guest vocalists joining our normally instrumental line-up for a first set of spirituals and hymns.
Through all of this, we are celebrating the fantastic response from fans and critics to Forked Tongue", our recent release on Cuneiform Records. The disc has shown up on best-of-year lists in the Village Voice and in the Postimees of Estonia, as well as the list of the publisher of the esteemed All About Jazz website, and lists in Georgia, Wisconsin, Kansas, Massachusetts, NY, Ohio, and Michigan.
Unlike most modernisations of supposedly 'traditional' concepts, this one has an informing logic that carries it through, and by the time you get to Minor Vee and Under the Skin, both written by saxophonist/leader Ken Field, you're a voodoo convert." --Brian Morton, The Wire (UK)