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GILL LANDRY unveils ‘Funeral In My Heart’ video, taken from new album out 22nd June via ATO Records, ft. Laura Marling, Robert Ellis, Mumford & Sons‏

June 9, 2015

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GILL LANDRY
(of Old Crow Medicine Show)

Unveils ‘Funeral In My Heart’ Video

New Self-Titled Album
Released 22nd June via ATO Records

Album Guests inc. Laura Marling, Robert Ellis, Mumford & Sons

“He’s just as cool and interesting as you’d hope a sometime professional vagrant from Louisiana who always where’s a hat, smart boots and knows good whiskey, to be.” – Laura Marling

“…the album pitches its tent in the four-way intersection between Dylan-inspired folk-rock, atmospheric Americana, dusty cowboy songs and street busker ballads.” – Rolling Stone

ATO Records is delighted to reveal Gill Landry’s new video for “Funeral In My Heart”, which he directed himself.

“It’s a small tip of the hat to the remnants of all the burned out sections of that psychotic and alluring asphalt cardiovascular system in America,” Landry explained. “Particularly that gorgeous dying capillary U.S. Route 65 and its tributaries from Clayton, LA to Lake Providence, and all the dreams that ever lived to die there.” Watch it here:

 

Many artists contributed to the musicality of Gill’s latest self-titled album, from Laura Marling who duets on “Take This Body”, an urgent plea that imagines the desperate love that courses through our impermanence, to trumpeter Nick Etwell of Mumford and Sons, who plays with tasteful power on a handful of songs. From Odessa, who lends harmonies and violin to a number of tunes, including the waltz-time love letter “Emily”, toRobert Ellis who’s eloquent and understated guitar work on “Fenario” and “Bad Love” is mellifluous.

Louisiana native, Gill Landry, is a singer-songwriter, multi- instrumentalist, adventuresome photographer, hitchhiking gentleman, self taught painter, shade tree mechanic, and then some. It would take a novel to tell his tale. From hustling the streets of Paris to hitchhiking America on day labor and daydreams, he’s slept beneath bridges with his brothers and in the beds of lordy estates. After cutting his musical teeth in New Orleans and chewing up half of America, he started writing songs about it; interpreting life from the curb up.

Gill’s self-titled third album is his first on the ATO label, but he is not new to the family. He’s played guitar, banjo, pedal steal, and been a contributing songwriter in Old Crow Medicine Show since 2004. Although Gill’s music is influenced by some of the same sources as Old Crow, from Dylan to old delta blues songsters, his music is very much his own. As one reviewer put it, “Landry’s too sharp a storyteller, too tuned-in a craftsman, too real, to find himself on the wrong side of suspicion. Like Tom Waits, John Prine, Steve Earle… Landry is down-to-business believable. His songs carry their own persona, and though they may be creepy and otherworldly at times and nasty and grubby at others, they’re familiar while remaining at arm’s length.”

After working through some more classic broken-hearted love songs on his first two albums, Landry says, “I tried not to come at this one from the point of how things could or should have been, or should be, but rather searched for sweet understanding and surrender to what is or was, and moving forward with compassion and kindness without harsh judgement to the reasons for this crime or that misstep.”

 

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