Remembering Summer- Tiger Saw, Annie Palmer, and Sarah White
As the short days and long cold nights of winter approach it is good to reminisce on the carefree days of summer. This past summer Monkeyclaus booked a show for Tiger Saw, Annie Palmer, and Charlottesville's sweetheart, Sarah White out at our studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains. According to their label, Kimchee Records, "Tiger Saw specializes in the whisper, the waltz, and sweet songs that are jazz in concept, but not in execution. Metrano and his ever-growing band of friends and collaborators are impassioned about performing this music for people all over the world, sharing stories, playing campfires, and creating something special night after night." We decided to do the show as a midsummer night's campfire. We invited a few dozen friends, lit the fire, set up our Nagra analog reel-to-reel recording device and let the magic flow beneath the stars in the shadows of the world's oldest mountains. What we captured is sweet, smoky and intimate.
After a classic summer potluck wound down and the sunset over the ridge, Annie Palmer began the show with some solo numbers, with voice and guitar, as well as a number of tunes backed by Dylan Metrano aka Tiger Saw. Annie's voice carries both strength and passivity, these qualities melding into a lyrical alchemy which enchants and captivates. One very memorable song was an ode to the town where she resides, Ypsilanti, Michigan which is featured on the Ypsisongs compilation. According to her myspace page, "Annie writes songs and plays them on the guitar and organ. Annie can also be found populating the ranks of various bands, including Canada, The Patrick Elkinses, Tiger Saw and The Ups. Annie has never written a song called "Buttons" or "My Friend". That was a different person with the same name. It's just a weird and unfortunate coincidence." So there is the low down skinny. Accept no false Annie Palmers.
Tiger Saw, which in this incarnation also included Annie Palmer, gave unabashedly. Songs were tender, quirky, and from the heart accented by dreamy guitar strummin
g and plastic harmonium and chromatic bells. Dylan exudes a paradoxical blend of shyness and comfort in front of an audience which manifests as someting very honest and powerful. The crackling of the campfire and his careful crooning were perfectly complimented by Annie's harmonies and the insects in the meadow. In true campfire form Dylan got all present to sing the chorus of his final tune.
Sarah White is a dynamic solo performer as well as the unwavering force behind her band Sarah White and the Pearls. At the campfire she treated the audience to solo versions of some of her best know favorites as well as some arcane selctions from her Bluebird record released
by Jagjaguwar in April 2000. Her strumming is powerful and her voice earth shattering. She is a real Virginia lady in the truest sense of that title and a stalwart within the rich history of Virginia's folk and country legacy. Sarah is obviously at home around a campfire and that sense of home translated to a sublime performance and recording. Sarah can't be denied. You'll see.
Just as Sarah stuck her last chord, the synchronicity of the universe behaved just so and a huge tow truck arrived with a 1964 GMC tourbus, former chariot of the illustrious Hackensaw Boys. "The Dirty Bird" as it is affectionately known, will be the future lounge and accommodations for bands recording at our Monkeyclaus studio. It is currently parked behind the studio, towards the Three Ridges to the south.
As, the night's get colder still. As, the darkness and isolation of winter consume you. As you begin to forget about the carefree days of summer. Remember you can always come back here and visit these recordings and remember that the darkness can't last forever.
Listen to Annie Palmer
Listen to Tiger Saw
Listen to Sarah White