From the moment I heard of The Wingdale Community Singers I was intrigued. The band was “put together” by novelist Rick Moody and features Hannah Marcus and David Grubbs (Squirrel Bait). They set out to celebrate old time Appalachian music as well as the written word.
I’ve written about the band here and you can read a first person account of the band by Rick Moody in the Guardian here. So I don’t have much more to say, except that their blend of secular dance music (Appalachian folk) with gospel and strains of rock is just so good. Their new record is called Spirit Duplicator and is out on Scarlet Shame Records (purchase now here or here).
Here’s the one cover on the record, the Carter Family’s “Death Is Only A Dream”.