CONRAD KEELY: Keely co-founded …Trail of Dead with Jason Reece, a childhood friend from Hawaii. Begun in Austin Texas in 1995, the band has been touring non-stop ever since,... and this year has marked their 20th year anniversary with their ninth album entitled IX. Not one to slow his pace, Keely was encouraged by fellow band-mate Autry Fulbright to record a collection of solo material that would allow him to vent creative ideas and styles different from the hard-rock, high energy textures his band has become known for. During his time spent as an expatriate in Cambodia, Keely began spending more time playing solo shows (although not always acoustic) as well as collaborating with other musicians, both expat and Cambodian, on material as diverse as Irish folk, American bluegrass, to Khmer classics from the golden age of Cambodian psychedelic rock, a scene cut tragically short by the Khmer Rouge regime in 1974. The diversity of styles has informed much of his latest writing, but also expanded his approach to the songs he’s written over the last twenty years for his rock band.
www.pledgemusic.com/projects/conrad-keely-original-machines // trailofdead.com
AARON BLOUNT: Knife in the Water has released three albums since forming in 1997, their last record being "Cut the Cord," released in 2003. Their second album "Red River" was... #14 on SPIN's top 20 albums of 2000.
“If anything, their debut reminds me of the Coen Brothers' "Blood Simple," with just a few rough elements sketching out the tragic folk and wronged lovers. Burning trailers, severed ears, hatchbacked wrecks along the highway, taps of unhooked screen doors-- these gruesome images flicker along with the entwined throats of the two singers.”
- Andy Beta, Pitchfork
knifeinthewater.bandcamp.com // www.facebook.com/knifeinthewater