Martin Courtney

J.R. Bohannon

Billy Jones Presents: Martin Courtney

Fri, Nov 20, 2015 • 10:30pm

Album Release Performance of Many Moons By Martin Courtney.

After the 2014 release of Atlas, the third LP from Ridgewood, New Jersey’s Real Estate, Courtney started quietly chipping away at some new songs while he was waiting to head back on the road with his band.

It turns out that what Courtney actually means when he talks about straightforward pop is a collection of soft psychedelia that recalls the Kinks and Big Star even as it probes the depths of his own life as a family man, father, and touring musician. Many Moons is breezy, full of subtle introspection, an elliptical document of Courtney’s transition into family life and fatherhood, largely written while he was on the road.

Without a band to disappear into, Courtney made the kind of record that worms its way into your brain and becomes part of your life without you knowing it. Many Moons is the sound of Courtney looking at the life he’s built for himself, the success of his band, and taking a deep breath, letting all the pressure go and just working through the life that’s right in front of him.

Opening Act: J.R. Bohannon

J.R. Bohannon is a 6 and 12 string fingerstyle guitarist from Louisville, Kentucky, now residing in Brooklyn, NY. Rooted in the deep traditions of the American south, Bohannon has been honing his craft behind the scenes of his drone/ambient project, Ancient Ocean. No longer hiding behind pedals and synthesizers, his informative style is based in the tradition of American Primitive guitar but reaches out with nods to influences like Ry Cooder and Steve Cropper. Having opened for Pharoah Sanders, Steve Gunn, Ryley Walker, Jim White, and other luminaries in the short year-long existence of the project, the beginning tracks of a long trail ahead have been laid.

Bohannon will be joined by Hamish Kilgour on drums from legendary NZ band The Clean as well as other special guests for this exclusive performance