The brain trust behind Violitionist Sessions have a good thing going. As seen on their most recent session with Fair To Midland, this grassroots Denton-based organization recruits artists coming through Denton to sit in their living room (from the looks of the video, it's indeed a living room in someone's house), record three acoustic tunes, and answer three interview questions.
The Violitionist folks have recruited such DFW favorites as Astronautalis and Sarah Jaffe, who have taken a seat on the living room sofa and delivered stellar performances. Violitionist makes all their content, including free audio downloads, available to the public on their website.
The latest visitors to the Violitionist house are Dallas hard-rock stalwarts Fair to Midland, which, as we reported in this week's issue of the Observer, have just released a new album titled Arrows & Anchors. We were interested to see how their heavy, prog-influenced sound would translate to the acoustic, effects-free Violitionist format. The verdict? Astonishingly favorable.
Check it out after the jump.
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Their performance of "Amarillo Sleeps On My Pillow" is heady, dark, and sweet, a My Morning Jacket-meets-Jeff Buckley dirge that shows off frontman Darroh Sudderth's enviable pipes. We generally like Fair to Midland. However, they've seen some ups and downs during the course of their fifteen-year career. If the Violitionist videos are any indication, the band is about to hit a new high. Have a listen, give your opinion, and keep an eye on the Violitionist site. They post new sessions every Monday, and future acts will include True Widow and Baruch the Scribe.