On the surface, a set of country and western covers from Doc Chad and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, but underneath: complex and demanding playing with detailed free improvisation.
Chadbourne, Eugene & Tatsuya Nakatani
Bigger Country Boobs
Released in: USA
"Bigger Country Boobs, a collection of cover versions of songs by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Roger Miller and others, was released March 6 by Chadbourne's House of Chadula imprint. Chadbourne and Nakatani recorded the CD at the Greensboro Psychad Studio in early 2011.
Chadbourne's first album of so-called 'free improvised country and western bebop' was issued in 1980. This introduced the listening public to his vocal stylings, as previous releases beginning with 'Volume One Solo Acoustic Guitar' in 1975 had been entirely instrumental affairs.
Percussionist Nakatani, of Japanese descent but now living permanently in Easton, Pennsylvania, is known for his unique solo percussion shows, often presented on epic cross-country tours. He has developed a philosophy of healthy touring that is becoming both a philosophical as well as business model for the discipline of live performing in economies that are increasingly tilted against the arts and non-mainstream activity in general.
Nakatani makes a fine combination with Chadbourne, whose relentless national and international touring efforts have resulted in performances in almost every part of the USA as well as 28 countries-at last count!"-Chadula
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"A seemingly endless -- and endlessly eclectic -- series of releases made the innovative guitarist Eugene Chadbourne one of the underground community's most well-known and well-regarded eccentrics. Born January 4, 1954 in Mount Vernon, NY, Chadbourne was raised in Boulder, CO, by his mother, a refugee of the Nazi death camps. At the age of 11, the Beatles inspired him to learn guitar; later exposure to Jimi Hendrix prompted him to begin experimenting with distortion pedals and fuzzboxes. Ultimately, however, he became dissatisfied with the conventions of rock and pop, and traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic one, on which he began to learn to play bottleneck blues.
Perhaps Chadbourne's most significant formative discovery was jazz; initially drawn to John Coltrane and Roland Kirk, he later became an acolyte of the avant excursions of Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton. Despite the huge influence music exerted over his life, however, Chadbourne first studied to become a journalist, but his career was derailed when he fled to Canada rather than fight in Vietnam; only President Jimmy Carter's declaration of amnesty for conscientious objectors allowed the vociferously left-wing Chadbourne to return to the U.S. in 1976, at which time he plunged headlong into the New York downtown music scene. After releasing his 1976 debut, Solo Acoustic Guitar, he began collaborating on purely improvisational music with the visionary saxophonist John Zorn and the acclaimed guitarist Henry Kaiser.
Quickly, Chadbourne carved out a singular style, comprised of equal parts protest music, free improvisation, and avant-garde jazz, topped off with his absurd, squeaky vocals. A complete list of Chadbourne's countless subsequent collaborations and genre workouts is far too lengthy and detailed to exhaustively document, although in the early '80s he garnered some of his first significant attention as the frontman of Shockabilly, a demented rockabilly revisionist outfit which also featured the well-known producer Kramer. Following the group's breakup, Chadbourne turned to his own idiosyncratic brand of country and folk, accurately dubbed LSD C&W on a 1987 release, the same year he joined the members of Camper Van Beethoven for a one-off covers project. In addition, he recorded with artists ranging from Fred Frith and Elliott Sharp to Evan Johns and Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer in the Mothers of Invention; in between, he continued exploring unique styles inspired by music from the four corners of the globe, all the while issuing a seemingly innumerable string of records, most of them on his own Parachute label."-All Music (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/eugene-chadbourne-mn0000172925/biography)
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Packaging: CDR in a cardstock sleeve with Dr. Chad's unique packaging
Recorded January 2011 at Psychad Studio in Greensboro, NC.
Eugene Chadbourne-guitar, banjo, 12 string banjo, bajo sexto, voice
Tatsuya Nakatani-percussion, voice
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