Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Download: Ham1 – “White Rat”
Download: Ham1 – “Hare Lipped Bust”
Download: Ham1 – “I Had A Good Idea, But It Passed My Mind”
Ham1, an Athens, GA mainstay that released its self-titled (and free!) debut to much acclaim in 2005, has been picked up by eco-conscious Orange Twin Records for its second album, The Captain’s Table. The brainchild of schoolteacher/songwriter, Jim Willingham, Ham1 takes equal inspiration from old movie soundtracks and modern dilapidation, drawing from jukebox rock and roll archetypes, spaghetti westerns, and flea market lost and found sounds to create original pop songs and instrumental scores.
For his first Orange Twin release, Willingham capitalizes on his longstanding musical relationship with a pair of veteran Elephant Six luminaries; former Olivia Tremor Control members, drummer/multi-instrumentalist Eric Harris and keyboardist Pete Erchick, make key textural and compositional contributions to the new disk. Rounding out the idiosyncratic lineup are Athens fixtures Jacob Morris and Chris Sugiuchi on cello and trombone, respectively; acclaimed local songstress Liz Durrett, whom the band often backs on stage, lends her rich vocal harmony to two tracks.
Ham1 will soon embark on the “Three On A Tree Tour” supporting Liz Durrett and Vic Chesnutt and acting as both acts’ backing band.
The “Three On The Tree” Tour:
Sept 28 The Werehouse Winston Salem NC
Sept 29 The Grey Eagle Asheville NC
Sept 30 Gravity Lounge Charlottesville VA
Oct 5 Arts Center Carrboro, NC
Oct 6 Evening Muse Charlotte, NC
Oct 12 The Pilot Light Knoxville, TN (tentative)
Oct 13 The Basement Nashville, TN
Oct 18 The 40 WATT Athens, GA
Oct 19 Workplay Birmingham, AL
Oct 20 The Earl Atlanta, GA