(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Hudson’s own Dust Bowl Faeries, a gothic chamber-folk outfit led by interdisciplinary artist Ryder Cooley, celebrates the release of its eponymous debut album at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, March 6, at 8pm. The band will be joined by a handful of guest musicians who appear on the album, which will be released independently and was produced by yours truly.
Now is your chance to turn the tables on the critic and review my work as producer. Come to the show and be one of the first to own a copy of “Dust Bowl Faeries,” available as a CD and as a download.
“Dust Bowl Faeries” is an ethereal song cycle that takes listeners through darkness and light, from dream-pop to drone-rock, from girl-group harmonies to Velvet Underground-like textures, from the Arctic and into the forests, up the Hudson River on a steampunk voyage to the psychedelic Gypsy cabarets of futures past, from cutting-edge electronica to wispy neo-folk tunes, and to netherworlds beyond.
Ryder Cooley is composer and lead singer for Dust Bowl Faeries. Perhaps best known locally for hosting Club Helsinki Hudson’s weekly open-mic night, Cooley plays accordion, 6-string ukulele, and singing saw in the band. She is accompanied by Karen Cole on lap steel and vocals, JoAnn Stevelos on percussion, and Jen DuBois on electric guitar and vocals.
Vocalist-composer Sara Ayers, a founding member of Dust Bowl Faeries, contributes harmony vocals and keyboards to the recording. The album includes additional contributions from a stunning array of guest musicians, including Tommy Stinson, a founding member of the Replacements, on acoustic and electric guitar and vocals; Melora Creager, founder and leader of gothic-cello outfit Rasputina, on cello; Pete Toigo on bass; Fredo Viola on vocals and percussion; Luis Mojica on piano and vocals; Cameron Melville on organ; Seth Rogovoy on vocals; and Elric Walker on acoustic guitar and vocals.
“Dust Bowl Faeries” was produced by music critic and author Seth Rogovoy; recorded by composer-drummer Bobby Previte and rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Tommy Stinson; and edited, mixed and mastered by sound wizard Rachel Alina, in and around Hudson.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.