Homestead Act: Gospel Snake
Writing about these largely unknown, home-made records can be tough. Take this private press hipster bluegrass lp here… which is particularly a head scratcher. If the cover (which as always is scant on vital info) is to be believed, these kids were from TN, and this record was released in “AD 1972”.
What is very cool about this stuff is that it is far more pure sounding than most hippy country experiments of the time, yet they are doing covers of the Beatles and Flying Burrito Bros. I realize that this sounds quite incongruous – and it really is for that matter – but it works quite well. For example, it is truely bizarre and wonderful to hear the Burrito’s Hollywood take on country played through a far more rural filter as is done here with “Christine’s Tune”.