Happy Jawbone Family Band – The Silk Pistol (2012)
As far as I can tell, the Happy Jawbone Family Band are from Vermount, USA, and The Silk Pistol is their third album.
This is an unusual outing which, I will readily admit, I didn’t like on my first listen. However, now that I listen to it again, I find myself more drawn to it. A decidedly DIY offering, the production quality isn’t necessarily as good as you would first expect; however, there is a certain honesty that transcends the record.
This is a very open, free folk album. In 1970, while on trial for the Tate-LaBianca murders, Charles Manson had an album released; it is something of an outsider curiousity, psychedelic folk, with a slightly politcal edge. Although there is less of a political edge on Silk Pistol, the music is reminiscent.
Yes, not easily accessible but it certainly has an outsider charm and grows on you; I find it more and more enjoyable after repeated listens.
Favourite tracks: There’s Too Much Blood In The Attic Today, That Cruel Thimbleful, Self Immolation For Beginners
Spotify link: Happy Jawbone Family Band – The Silk Pistol