James Jackson Toth is a prolific songwriter and musician by anyone’s measure. Recording under a number of names and in collaboration with a range of other musicians such as Michael Gira (Swans), he seems most himself when operating as Wooden Wand. On his new album Farmer’s Corner (his 14th by our count) he brings one of our favourite guitarists William Tyler into the fold for an album of pastoral acid folk and soulful, hypnotic country rock that weaves a mesmerising path through America’s landscape. Farmer’s Corner is out now via Fire Records.
The arrangements – think Little Feat covering Harvest Moon – only serve to highlight his capabilities as both a songwriter and storyteller. The collected songs form an easy entry into the ever-growing Toth output, where outlaws on the run, epic landscapes, endless travels, agitated insomniacs and ditch-digging memory-evaders lurk behind every turn.