JOE MANNING (from Louisville, Kentucky)
ELEPHANT MICAH (from Bloomington, Indiana)
NATHAN SALSBURG (from Louisville, Kentucky)
TIME & TEMPERATURE (from Columbus, Ohio)

Friday, March 26th
947 E. Madison (at the corner of Chestnut & Wentzel), 889-5889
9:00 PM, $6, 21-and-over

Louisville’s JOE MANNING has been playing music around town for a while, either solo or as a member of Kings Daughters and Sons (currently), Leota and Engine (both sadly defunct). In fact, he’s been a part of Louisville’s music community for so long that perhaps no introduction is necessary. What is necessary is Joe’s music, which contains a plaintive and yearning expressiveness that somehow eases the worried mind. Check out what these nice people have to say about Joe’s music: “[Manning’s] deep voice is rugged and weary, an uncommon beauty unafraid of exposure and judgment” (Peter Berkowitz, Courier Journal). “There’s nothing hurried about Joe Manning’s music. It unfolds leisurely but intently, a slow burn snaking its way into your heart” (Jeffrey Lee Puckett, Courier-Journal).

ELEPHANT MICAH is music by southern Indiana based singer and sound recordist Joseph O’Connell.  Taking cues from 1970s songcraft (Townes Van Zandt, Joni Mitchell) as well as midwestern lo-fi rock (Guided by Voices), ELEPHANT MICAH has gradually built a cult audience over a decade of do-it-yourself releases and tours. Echoer’s Intent is the first ELEPHANT MICAH album to fully foreground O’Connell as a writer and solo performer.  These minimal, mostly live recordings often approximate more “traditional” blues or Appalachian stylings.  In the same breath, O’Connell takes up imitation and authenticty as his central lyrical themes, producing an album that is both a critique and an example of what can only be termed folksploitation. This spring, O’Connell embarks on a nine-week tour coinciding with the release of Echoer’s Intent.

Listen to “Loon Call” by ELEPHANT MICAH here:

NATHAN SALSBURG is an archivist, producer, guitarist and writer based in Louisville, Kentucky. He has worked for the Alan Lomax Archive since 2000, for which he currently serves in the capacities of production manager, photo and video archivist, and general digital catalog editor. Since 2006 he has produced and hosted “Root Hog Or Die,” a vernacular/traditional music program on East Village Radio, and is curator of the Twos & Fews recording imprint, also a vernacular music entity, and a collaboration with Chicago’s Drag City label. Its first album, I Want to Go Where Things Are Beautiful, drew on Mike Seeger’s 1982 recordings of the late miner, union activist, and singer Nimrod Workman; its second, Ouled Bambara: Portraits of Gnawa, features 2005 recordings of several master musicians of the Gnawa, a Sufi order of trance healers, living in Marrakech, Morocco. He has recently finished the production of a tribute album to the singer/guitarist E.C. Ball, late of Rugby, Virginia, entitled Face A Frowning World, released in December 2009 on New York’s Tompkins Square label. It features contributions from Michael Hurley, Jon Langford, Catherine Irwin, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Jolie Holland, and the Handsome Family, among others. Salsburg maintains an index of on-line vernacular music resources at his blog,, and contributes occasional music writing to the Louisville Eccentric Observer and the Other Music weekly update. His most recent musical contribution was to the third volume of Tompkins Square’s Imaginational Anthem guitar compilations. He is currently working on an album of his own acoustic guitar compositions and arrangements.

TIME & TEMPERATURE is Valerie alias Val Glenn from Columbus, Ohio. Meager beginnings in 2000 under the name The Cooking Show, [with some] bad good songs. 2002 in Atlanta, [she] became addicted to ebay, acquired a 4-track, Casio SK-1 and Boss DR-202 and The Cooking Show became Juguar. Committed social suicide opening for Tracy and the Plastics that spring. With the implied eschewal of electronics in 2004, Juguar became TIME & TEMPERATURE. Played first show as T&T with best chum ELEPHANT MICAH in Gambier, Ohio in August, 2005. Something fatalistically intentional or intentionally fatalistic happened that night. The rest is mystery. Many secret recordings which were never relased. In May of 2007 Trust Apples came out in an edition of 100 on White Cassettes.

Listen to tracks by TIME & TEMPERATURE here:

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