the WALKING WILLOWS, Stephen Cohen on acoustic guitar, voice and cigar box guitar, and Rich Hinrichsen on double bass, piano and voice, with a revolving roster of guest artists on french horn, voice, electric bass, cello and other instruments, took to the road on occasion via plane, train or car to share their "creative acoustic" music and make friends along the way. They recorded and released one album, "by hand". These are their stories.
Stephen Cohen's old group, the Eugene-based psychedelic folk
band the Tree People, didn't garner a ton of attention during their
initial stint, but they were posthumously discovered by record
collectors worldwide and eventually had their 1979 and 1984 albums
reissued. Now Cohen's new band, the Walking Willows, have a record that
should similarly delight record collectors and fans of
off-the-beaten-path folk. By Hand is a sparse, playful collection
of songs performed by Cohen and double bassist Rich Hinrichsen, and
they're performed with clarity, precision, and vibrant humor, as on "1
Hit Song" and "Mathematics." There's also some good old-fashioned,
rain-sodden Oregon weirdness, and the result is a unique, entrancing
folk record that doesn't sound like anything you've heard before. NED
L’aventure des Tree People s’est arrêtée en mars 2011,
avec le départ du flûtiste Jeff Stier.
L’auteur-compositeur-interprète/guitariste Stephen Cohen et son fidèle
contrebassiste Rich Hinrichsen ont décidé de poursuivre sous un autre nom, The
Walking Willows. Et ce nouveau groupe publiait récemment un premier disque, By
Hand, une demi-heure de pur bonheur fait-main. J’y retrouve la folk naïve
émerveillée des Tree People, la douce voix de Cohen, les délicates
instrumentales – un univers sonore dépouillé mais conséquent, de la chanson
pour grands enfants. La flûte me manque à certains endroits, mais pas trop.
Certaines chansons, comme “1 hit song” et “Movie lot”, sont de pures
Tree People’s journey ended in March 2011 with the reitrement of flute player
Jeff Stier. Singer-songwriter/guitarist Stephen Cohen and his trusty
doublebassist Rich Hinrichsen decided to carry on under a different name, The
Walking Willows. And this new duo recently released their debut CD, By
Hand, 27 minutes of hand-made delight. The Tree People’s naive folk is still
there, and so is Cohen’s sweet voice, and the delicate instrumentals – a
stripped down and coherent soundworld, songs for grown-up children. I do miss
the flute in some places, but only a little. “1 hit song” and “Movie lot” are
fantastic (and fantastically simple) songs.