Black Jake & The Carnies - Watching, Waiting CD
For those who want something to hold: The Watching, Waiting EP in a glossy CD jacket featuring the beautiful rendering of Black Jake's hand-scratched cover art and track listing.
Recorded in the winter of 2012 at Big Sky Studios in Ann Arbor, MI, just prior to the departure of long-time mandolinist Zach Pollack, "Watching, Waiting" signifies a return-to-roots effort for Black Jake & The Carnies (after a fashion). The clean instrumentation and orchestrated vocals take center-stage on this 5-track EP. Traditional gospel tunes get worked up into a frenzy on the first two tracks, dissolving into the locomotive-powered instrumental, "Last Stop." The record then veers off into more irreverent territory with their Muppets-inspired rendition of an old Red Ingle tune, before finishing off with "A Good Man Knows," a powerful original played at a blistering pace, featuring some of the band's most intricate playing to date.
released April 23, 2013
Jake Zettelmaier -- Banjo, lead vocals
Gus Wallace -- Fiddle, backing vocals
Zack Pollock -- Mandolin, backing vocals
Jumpin' Joe Cooter -- Bass, backing vocals
Billy LaLonde -- Drums, Washboard, Harmonica, backing vocals
J.C. Miller -- Accordion, backing vocals
Everybody -- gang vocals