JOHN WALKER BLACK
THEME TO NIPPERTOWN / CENTRAL AVE / CHRISTMAS DAY
Younger than Ernie Williams but taller than Paul Bunyan, troubadour, pan-handler, cult artist and urban legend John Walker Black sings about the city of which the streets he calls home...
On his first single, "THEME TO NIPPERTOWN", Black sang about the city of which the streets he calls home; Nippertown! (AKA: Albany, NY). Described as "a wistful and dreamlike love-letter-to-a-city " and "a plaintive reflection of home" the song was originally released as a free download on the arts and entertainment blog Nippertown.com.
The flip-side, "CENTRAL AVE.", is an urban soundscape that explores the loneliness, desperation. delusional hope, and constant hustle of life on the street. All three songs were recorded at Axe Iron Sound in Scotia NY by John Walker Black and his producers/band, Luther Hamilton and Elmo Lewis, collectively know as the Unholy Rollers.
“ John Walker Black charmed us with “Theme to Nippertown,” a somber yet ultimately uplifting paean to the city of Albany. He followed that a few months later with “Central Avenue,” a mostly spoken-word urban soundscape in three movements that careens from longing to despair to redemption, all in the space of four minutes. It’s a bleak vision of life for those who have all but given up on the American dream. Now he continues his city-centric series with the newly released “Christmas Day.” From the opening Fennesz-like demented merry-go-round to the last wrenching notes of feedback, this punk ballad is filled with raw, cacophonous guitars and Black’s wailing vocals. As he details life on the street through the eyes of a homeless person, Black doesn’t so much sing the lyrics as inhabit them, with passion dripping from every note.” - Nippertown
THEME TO NIPPERTOWN VIDEO DIRECTED BY TL STONE
Nippertown.com says: “Driving Rain Music unleashed a brilliant Nippertown-centric video on the world. Directed by Driving Rain head honcho TL Stone, this wistful and dreamlike love-letter-to-a-city is chock full of Albany landmarks and stars one of our very favorite dogs.”
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