Camper Van Beethoven, Sippy Cups McCabe & Mrs. Miller Collaboration Release Debut
Although it seems an unlikely pairing, their voices blend together in the tradition of classic duets, and their songwriting styles mesh into a fine mix of blues, folk, and country. Digging at the roots of their rootlessness, these songs sweep out the dark corners of longing, regret and desire with the intimate wit and wisdom of old friends. Their debut album Time for Leaving was released March 9, 2010 (through Magnetic Motorworks) and was produced by Bruce Kaphan (American Music Club).
Time For Leaving is a broad, ambitious work that finds the San Francisco-based duo traveling across the rural backroads and steel rails of Americana music. Snaky blues numbers ("Fare Thee Well" and "Couldn't Sit Still") intertwine with bittersweet folk ballads ("Come Back Home To Me" and "Forgiveness"), two-step country ("Your Magic Fingers"), rootsy pop-rock ('Red Wine & Chocolate"), gentle acoustic instrumentals ("Union City Blues") and bawdy, backroom jazz ("Playground").
Between the touring schedules of both of their high-profile bands, they have found the time to perform with the likes of Cracker, Built to Spill and The Knitters. Their live show has evolved into a formidable, dramatic force. The band also includes Jonathan Segel (Camper Van Beethoven) on violin and mandolin, Doug Hilsinger on guitar, John Hanes on drums and Paul Olguin on bass.
The duo also recently finished their debut video "Time for Leaving," directed by indie auteur Danny Plotnick. Shot in and around Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree, this title track is a dark, sweet, lonesome duet capturing the melancholy and longing of a life on the road.
You can view McCabe & Mrs. Miller's "Time For Leaving" video here
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