Damien Jurado has done more for struggling singer songwriters than anyone I know. In bio after bio artists cite him for helping them further their careers. Whether it’s passing on a demo (in this case with J. Tillman) or sharing the stage with or by contributing on fledgling artists records he has made his mark as an informal A&R guy.
J. Tillman’s new 2006 release is Long May You Run, J. Tilman, and as with his previous release it’s a collaboration with Eric Fisher (Damien Jurado, Rosie Thomas). You can preorder this limited edition run of only 150 here through Keep Recordings. The songs are low-key, half whispered, half sung affairs. For some reason it seems to me that this would have been good soundtrack for Brokeback Mountain.