Ringo and Josh
Kill County is the musical summation of the eclectic influences, nomadic wanderings, and stark reflections of Ringo and Josh James. Having played music together for a good five years, the two forged a friendship and musical understanding that has suffered, yet stood the tests of time and separation. Being no strangers of travel and isolation, these songs have found homes over the varied distances between Alaska and Iowa, Washington and Texas, and the vastness of Nebraska. The songs vary intheir themes; from melancholic and stark, to sentimental and spirited. These different ideas and emotions aremusically codified by an often times slow, spacious approach and minimalist arrangements akin to old time folk music. The simple string work played predominately on the guitar and banjo, accompanied by vocalssaturated with harmony, leaving a vast and layered space.
The latest recording, ‘The Year of Getting By’ was recorded in Lincoln, Nebraska. With a dear friendof the band graciously lending the use of a room in her home- it was two solid weeks of late nights soaked with sweat, beer, and ambition. Engineering and production was done entirely by the band, using an old Tascam portastudio, a few good mics, and one hell of a preamp. What materialized was a collection of 12 inspired songs. This record also features some of Nebraska’s finest musicians on drums, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel, harmonica. The band even orchestrated a guerilla recording in the University concert hall to lay down tracks on a beloved Steinway piano.though the band currently does not call one place home, the fall of 2010 saw a breakneck western tourand early 2011 will find Kill County in Austin, Texas where Josh currently lives and plays guitar forlocal metal hero’s Pack Of Wolves. Ringo continuesto adapt the work into a solo show, working theMidwest at his leisure.
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