'My Garden State' is Glenn Jones' fifth album and is a collection of original compositions for solo acoustic 6 and 12-string guitar and 5-string banjo.
Glenn Jones is a unique voice working in the decades-long tradition of American Primitivism. What sets him apart from the many devotees to this style is the combination of expressive playing and technical skill, most significantly his inventive use of alternate tunings and partial capos. As anyone knows who has seen him perform, Glenn is a remarkable storyteller, and his songs reflect that talent.
'My Garden State' was recorded by Laura Baird (The Baird Sisters) and features guest appearances from both Laura Baird and Meg Baird (solo, Espers).
The songs on 'My Garden State' are evocative and redolent, and serve as a testament to Glenn's talent for conveying a wide array of emotions, many times in one song, without saying a word.
The two tracks that form the centrepiece of the album, 'The Vernal Pool' and 'Alcoeur Gardens', were composed spontaneously in the studio, a technique Glenn developed on tour with Damo Suzuki with his former band Cul de Sac. Where 'The Vernal Pool' is exuberant, 'Alcouer Gardens' is sparse and quiet, with field recordings of rain and thunder providing a bed for Glenn's guitar, emphasizing the space between the notes as much as the notes themselves.
Across The Tappan Zee
Going Back To East Montgomery
Blues For Tom Carter
The Vernal Pool
My Garden State
Like A Sick Eagle Looking At The Sky
Bergen County Farewell
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