The Doe Bay Sessions: Blitzen Trapper
Penning odes to a disappearing America, Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley writes of open roads and broken barstools, and of the characters drawn to both. Filmed at the intersection of two trails in single takes ”Stolen Shoes and a Rifle” and ”Black River Killer” encompass when the word America had Wild West cachet, with the concomitant hazards of unlimited freedom and the promise of starting over. These bare renditions serve to highlight the very visual nature of Earley’s lyrics and also the subtle intent with which they’re sung in harmony. You could say this session represents a well-developed emotional side to a band best known for macho guitars and macho themes, a side they’ll definitely want to show more of this fall as they hit the road on two long support tours.
Blitzen Trapper just began two months of touring this week supporting label-mates The Head and The Heart. After three weeks with fellow Doe Bay Session alumnus HATH, Bryan John Appleby and Curtains for You, Blitzen Trapper will meet up with Brandi Carlile for another month of shows. Abbey will be slinging t-shirts at the merch table for every single one of these shows, so please come say hi.