Posted in music | tour dates on February 15, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Dave Bixby in the '70s (via)
Dave Bixby

In 1969 you released your absolutely amazing album called 'Ode to Quetzalcoatl'. I would like if you could share the whole story about it.

Winter of 1968 I was not doing so well. Too many acid trips without enough time in between to decompress and normalize. It left me fragmented and I quietly freaked out. I was in hell with no way to communicate it to anyone.

Some months later my lead guitar buddy Brian MacInness introduced me to Don Degraff I ended up in a prayer circle. Prayers went up on my behalf. Nothing really happened and we all went home. That night I did my own praying, fell asleep and a new spirit was born in me. I fasted three days then began to reach out to other people. I seemed to be ok, I felt better emotionally. I saw people's pain and fear, it was just like mine. I knew what to say to give comfort. Songs began to flood in to me, writing them down I sang them everywhere DeGraff had the first Group meeting at his house with about ten to twelve people and the numbers grew every week eventually needing a bigger building; then we out grew that building. [It's Psychedelic Baby]

The legendary Dave Bixby is one of many in the list of folk singers (Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan, Linda Perhacs, etc) who went under-appreciated during their initial run but have gained the recognition they deserve years later. His only album, 1969's Ode to Quetzalcoatl, is up there with the best of its era -- opener "Drug Song" is one of the most stark, depressing folk songs of the late '60s and the following eleven tracks are close to its intensity.

In all his years, Dave has never played a New York show, but that will change TONIGHT (2/15), when he makes his NY debut at Issue Project Room. Tickets for tonight's show are available. Fans of psych-folk won't want to miss this rare opportunity.

Stream Ode to Quetzalcoatl in full, below...

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Dave Bixby - Ode to Quetzalcoatl

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Comments (19)

yeah.. Dr Bruce Banner ! oh.. never mind

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2014 2:28 PM

Ode to BV Grammar. Pass the humus, beetches, while I watch Jonny on his Tele.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2014 2:55 PM

2:28 FTW

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2014 3:52 PM

Cool

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2014 5:24 PM

Sold out already?

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2014 6:17 PM

hippie shit. have a listen.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2014 7:52 PM

if john belushi were alive, he would take this dudes guitar and smash it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2014 8:46 PM

so have you all heard the jawbone big jambox? i had been rocking the jawbon jambox for a while, but as i got done work today ... it occurred to me that i could rock significantly harder if i got the big one. and. holy. shit. was i right. i mean, i - was - fucking - right! i'm slammin' lcd's 'us v. them' right now, and i wish you all could i hear. i put down my grammar book, started cooking a billyburger, and just smiled.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2014 10:40 PM

***OFFICIAL STATEMENT***

Dude looks like MCA from Beastie Boys and Charles Manson had bum sex, then pooped out this dude. No lie.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2014 12:02 AM

Great, all we need is more hippie music

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2014 12:25 AM

Absolutely beautiful show. Dave left me in aw.

Posted by Robert | February 16, 2014 12:56 AM

WTF is psych-folk?

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2014 2:20 AM

^ a genre that's been around for ages ?

Wise-up, n00b.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2014 2:34 AM

12:02 is legit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2014 5:04 AM

Grimes is the queen of psych-folk.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2014 10:58 AM

get bent

Posted by blayne | February 16, 2014 11:20 AM

The iPods have been known to play a few psych-folk songs.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2014 8:19 AM

wow!! Thank you very much!!!

Posted by hguhf | February 17, 2014 9:58 AM

Grimes is the queen of psych-folk.

Posted by hguhf | February 17, 2014 9:59 AM

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