September 23, 2008 § Leave a Comment
Was pleased to run into the Wilson Tan guys while J & I were knocking back some Elijah Craigs at a nice bar dedicated to my favourite poet on Friday night. It had been a while and happily led to a bit of gig booking today. More on that soon.
Wilson Tan are Glasgow’s pioneers of country-dub! Their sound sits somewhere between the Handsome Family on Prozac, Jim White‘s experimental Southern Country and that of dub-rooted slacker music. Wilson Tan make music for Saturday night and Sunday morning.
The way out west of Glasgow is where you’ll find Wilson Tan, pioneers of Psychedelic Country! And they’re cooking up a strange brew in there home studio, writing, recording and producing music linked somewhere between Hank Williams and the Youngbloods. Their love of twisting sound around bittersweet songs of lonely truckers, heartbreak and shaking hands with death have put them in field of their own. The ‘Tan’ have a knack of slipping into simple yet infectious instrumentals which feature the now 6 strong band in a blissed out bluegrass lockdown…Described by more than one of their followers as the Grateful Dead gone wrong. Take the sound of Bakersfield ’69 put it into an illegal still in the Ozark Mountains, let it ferment till now then put it in a dingy bar in Glasgow, and you have Wilson Tan.
You can download their single Big Dog via iTunes, the first release on promising new Glasgow independent El Rancho Records. Meantime listen up on their MySpace