photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, woods by Andrew Frisicano
Last year, the axman known as Wooden Wand (a.k.a. James Jackson Toth) shed his moniker for the Rykodisc-released Waiting in Vain. Also as James Jackson Toth, he played last year's CMJ, with a stop at the Brooklyn Vegan day party at Pianos (that's where the pictures in this post come from).
Now, in early '09, he's back with two albums under the name of WAND: the first, Born Bad, will be co-released by People In A Position To Know Records and Wand's Mad Monk label on March 31st, in limited-edition, LP-only style - "Only 500 copies, repress unlikley."
Then, Hard Knox or, "Are You Sure Hank Jr. Done it This Way?", a disc of demos and home recordings, will come out on Ecstatic Peace, May 26th, 2009.
And all signs point to Toth's next offering, a just-recorded group album, introducing another name to the mix: new band The Jescos (feat. "Timothy Bracy, formerly of The Mendoza Line along with members of alt-country faves Glossary and We Were The States"). Read about the band's recording adventures on his Toth Tells the Truth blog.
Toth remarked about his January 25th Daytrotter session on his Myspace blog:
"[The session's] exclusive covers of tunes by Baptist Generals, Aerosmith, Charlie Walker and Roy Buchanan were recorded in the midst of tour on the occasion of my 30th birthday, aka the worst day of my entire life (so far). Dig you the dispatch from oblivion. And the cute cartoon of me looking all lean and clean. While you're there, check out some other Daytrotter sessions. The TK Webb and Damien Jurado ones are especially terrific."More BV CMJ pics, the WAND album track list, and a Wooden Wand video, below...
wooden wand - Live at Fools Foundation, Sacramento 10/13/06
WAND - Hard Knox or, "Are You Sure Hank Jr. Done it This Way?" track list
03. Lady of Situations
05. Saturday Delivery
07. All These Generous Men
10. Dead of Night
11. Dark Is Bending
12. The Drag Pit
13. Death Dealer Blues
14. Soldier Movies (For Larry McMurtry)