They didn’t kick off the competition however kicking off our protection of Deep within the Valley is that this astounding set from Jeffrey Alexander and the Heavy Lidders. We’re huge followers in fact of his different band, Dire Wolves, however that is the primary time we’ve gotten to see him with the Heavy Lidders. The group consists of Elkhorn-ers Drew Gardner on guitar and Jesse Shepherd on bass, Scott Verrastro of Kohoutek on drums, and a visitor look from Ashley Paul on saxophone. Opening with the unfastened, Tolkien-referencing “Bombadil Bop” couldn’t have been extra acceptable for the pastoral setting as people acquired up out of their chairs to boogie, whereas others sought umbrellas because the noon warmth got here out in full power. The band slides additional into the literary references with “Beowulf’s Journey” from the ‘Lidders latest self-titled LP that includes the identical lineup that we noticed at Deep within the Valley. (Heads take notice: that document additionally boasts appearances from Marissa Nadler on the Useless’s “Black Peter,” Rosali Intermediary, PG Six, and Ryan Jewell. Wow!) After taking part in her personal solo set, Ashley Paul joined in on saxophone for “Hidden Treasure.” She and Jeffrey Alexander collaborated remotely final 12 months and launched a brilliant restricted 7″—good to see them jamming in particular person. Lastly the band choogles into their deepest grooves of the day with Willie Dixon’s basic “Spoonful,” which in addition they put out on Elixer of Life. Their set was really a bodily manifestation of the nice vibes and collaborative ambiance at Deep within the Valley and I hope you take pleasure in this as a lot as all of us did—get into it beneath!
Jeffrey Alexander and the Heavy Lidders 2022-08-20 Deep within the Valley From the Floor Brewery Pink Hook, NY Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN, stage lip) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Units MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC Tracks [49:29] 01. Bombadil Bop 02. Beowulf's Journey 03. Hidden Treasure 04. Spoonful [Willie Dixon] Jeffrey Alexander - guitar, vocal Drew Gardner - guitar Jesse Sheppard - bass Scott Verrastro - drums with - Ashley Paul - saxophone on 3