Article & Photo by Ian Tuttle.
Devotionals opens with a lone guitarist, Tyson Vogel, sitting with feet curled one on top of the other, guitar cradled in his lap, glass of whisky by his feet. Untrimmed strings sway from the neck of his acoustic guitar.
The music begins. Rich arpeggiated chords, simple, then building. Sounds like hopeful folk music with momentum, an urge. Anton Patzner joins in on violin, the strings make eerie sounds like breeze turning to gale over the mouths of empty bottles. It’s motion, elemental motion. A cold front pushing over plate tectonics.
The Blair brothers occasionally accompany with drums (played with felt mallets or brushes), and cello (bowed).
There is one song dedicated to the Foxtails Brigade: Lonesome Town.
There is one song-title Tyson chuckles over, either self-conscious of its verbose gimmickry or proud of its multiple entendres; it’s impossible to say.
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