World Music/CRASHarts Presents Bill Callahan
June 15, 2009
Bill Callahan, who recorded and performed for almost 20 years under the name Smog, comes to Boston in support of the second Bill Callahan album, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle, released in April 2009 by Drag City. As Smog, Callahan was a pioneer of the lo-fi recording revolution, releasing volumes of home-recorded, four-track cassettes in the late 80s. He signed to legendary Chicago indie label Drag City in 1991, and with the release of the seminal Forgotten Foundation in 1992, moved toward more "professional" sounding records, with broader instrumentation and improved sound quality. He has collaborated with Jim O'Rourke, John McEntire (Tortoise), and Joanna Newsom, and is often mentioned in the same breath as artists like Sebadoh, Silver Jews, Guided By Voices, Palace and the Grifters. Callahan's meandering simple guitar riffs, darkly humorous lyrics, and intimate baritone make for spooky American folk rock.
"A refined mix of Americana, country and gospel."- Under the Radar
"Mr. Callahan has finally completed his two-decade transformation from malevolent provocateur to aphoristic folk-rocker." - Paste
"Callahan is a true original." - Wire
"...part Johnny Cash baritone swagger, part Lou Reed halting witticism, frail and confident at once.- Drowned in Sound
For more information about Bill Callahan, visit http://www.myspace.com/toomuchtolove