JAMES ELKINGTON

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JOAN SHELLEY / guitars, vocals, dobro, baritone ukulele
NATHAN SALSBURG / acoustic and electric guitars
JAMES ELKINGTON / piano, Dobro, organ
JEFF TWEEDY / bass, Theravox, electric guitar
SPENCER TWEEDY / drums and percussion


Produced by Jeff Tweedy


Engineered and mixed by Tom Schick at The Loft in Chicago December 2016.

via No Quarter Records. 

“Clipper Ship” is the first proper full-length Wooden Wand album since
2014. Performers include Darin Gray (On Fillmore, Dazzling Killmen, Jim
O’Rourke, Tweedy, William Tyler, etc), Ryan Norris (Coupler, Lambchop),
Glenn Kotche (On Fillmore, Wilco), Jim Becker (Califone, Iron &
Wine), Nathan Salsburg (Joan Shelley), Kyle Hamlett (Lylas), Josh Wright
& Seth Murphy (Bear Medicine), Luke Schneider (Margo Price, JEFF
The Brotherhood, Natural Child, William Tyler, etc), Zak Riles (Watter,
Grails), and Jim Elkington (Tweedy, Horse’s Ha, Richard Thompson, Steve
Gunn).  — Three Lobed Recordings

thanks to A.




Elkington (an Englishman living in Chicago) is an inveterate collaborator who brings his lyrical compositional and improvisational sensibilities to any group. He has toured as a band member, recorded, and/or collaborated with Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, Steve Gunn, Michael Chapman, Joan Shelley, Nathan Salsburg and Brokeback, to name just a few of his many enthusiastic admirers. His assured album, recorded at Wilco’s Loft, is baroquely detailed and beautifully constructed, featuring both his baritone vocals and some of Chicago’s finest, including Tomeka Reid.


Due out on June 30th via Paradise of Bachelors.



Laetitia Sadier – Find Me the Pulse of the Universe


Here’s a new song taken from Laetitia Sadier‘s forthcoming second solo full-length “Silencio,” which is due out on July 24th via Drag City. The album features Sam Prekop of The Sea and Cake, her former Stereolab bandmate Tim Gane and James Elkington formerly of The Zincs, and currently with The Horse’s Ha.



Laetitia Sadier – Natural Child
Laetitia Sadier performs ‘Natural Child’ in a live session for Droptune Media at Press Play Studios in South London. Jan 16th, 2012

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg – The Queue Outside The Night Ministry


James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg: Believer Field by Nathan Salsburg
From “Avos,” released on Tompkins Square in August, 2011. Recorded and mixed by Jonathan Schenke at Soungs, Chicago; mastered by Blaise Barton, Scientific Mastering, Chicago.


James Elkington moved from London to Chicago around the turn of the millennium and has since released a string of albums as leader of The Zincs for Thrill Jockey Records. After dissolving the band in 2008, Elkington has concentrated on acoustic, folk-tinged music with his band The Horse’s Ha (that he shares with Freakwater’s Janet Bean), culminating in the release of their debut album, “Of The Cathmawr Yards” in 2009. He is also the owner/operator of a clunky solo career, and moonlights convincingly as the guitar player in Jon Langford’s (of The Mekons) Skull Orchard.


Nathan Salsburg – Sought & Hidden

Back Home In Bogenbrook by Nathan Salsburg
From “Affirmed,” forthcoming on the No Quarter label, November 15, 2011. Recorded in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Funeral Home by Kevin Ratterman; mixed and mastered by Blaise Barton at Scientific Mastering in Chicago.

Nathan Salsburg was born in that Diamond City, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania—she of anthracite glimmer and Babe Ruth’s 1926 long ball—and is a longtime resident of Louisville, Kentucky. He is a folklorist and a producer and presenter of traditional music for East Village Radio, the Drag City imprint Twos & Fews, and the Alan Lomax Archive, among other outlets. His first solo record is called Affirmed, and it’s about race horses—Affirmed, Bold Ruler, and Eight Belles, specifically—and desire and reckonings of the spirit. It’s an almost entirely instrumental affair, save his elegiac rendering of the traditional tune “The False True Love.”

—An excerpt from M.C. Taylor’s notes for “Affirmed”