Made with generous support and encouragement from the Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives, American Winter (2007) is comprised of archival recordings, interviews, and in-between sounds combined with live instruments. It was released on the prestigious Chicago avant-label Atavistic Records.
Three connected streams are present: Songs made from interviews and singing, brief interlude pieces (from radio broadcasts, home-made recordings, and field recordings), and story pieces where extended interviews/radio broadcasts are in the forefront. The pieces point toward both the season of winter and to more ambiguous ideas: the winter of politics, war, emotion, history, and finally to its ultimate hope of renewal.
Below, listen to selected tracks from the album, and view a recently made score for American Winter to mark its 10-year anniversary.