Photo: Michael Bordelon

Last month, Joseph Childress released his first full-length album in a long time, his self titled LP on local favorites Empty Cellar Records. Childress’ most recent release before this one was the vinyl release of Rebirth, a lo-fi collection of songs he recorded in his parents’ bathroom and originally released on CD-R. Joseph Childress is an entirely different experience; professionally recorded in Portland by Mike Coykendall, the new album is crystal clear, introducing new layers of folk instrumentation without losing the intimacy that is so crucial to Childress’ work. Listen below and purchase via Empty Cellar.

To celebrate the release, Childress is showing off his new music at Brick and Mortar Music Hall tomorrow night with a fine collection of artists: China (the band) and Ryan Wong. Wong, who you should know for his work in Cool Ghouls, recently released his debut solo album on Empty Cellar as well. China’s about due for a new album, but their debut full-length Pool of Tears is always worth a spin and their most recent live set I caught featured dueling synth and pedal steel, (which worked out brilliantly). Check ’em out right here, and for goodness’ sake go see some damn fine local music on a Thursday night.

Joseph Childress, China, Ryan Wong, DJ Swiftumz
Brick and Mortar Music Hall
November 30, 2017
9pm, $10-12