James Jackson Toth:: Hard Knox and a Busy Season

James Jackson Toth, formerly known as Wooden Wand, will release two records under the name Wand this spring. Ecstatic Peace will release Hard Knox or Are You Sure Hank Jr Done It This Way?, a collection of Wand demos and home recordings, on May 26th. No doubt, Hard Knox is certain to treat more than a few with this collection of dark heat and nimble feeling, seen through the solitary expression of these beacon tracks. “To quickly address the elephant in the room,” Toth explains, “certainly, collections of demos, outtakes and home recordings are mostly bogus, so let’s cut to the chase. In my defense, all of the cuts contained herein are ‘songs’ in the traditional western sense – my experiments in ‘surf harmonica’ and ‘doom zydeco’ will not be chronicled here, deep and plentiful as those archives may be.” “Everything here was recorded by me on either a Roland BR-8 digital 8-track or its flashier, more cosmopolitan cousin, the BR-1600, with incalculable assistance from Jexie Lynn, who accompanies me on many of these songs and whose encouragement and creativity allowed many of them to be. Most of the recordings were done at my then-home in beautiful Knoxville, TN between October 2002 and January of 2007, just prior to the retirement of the Wooden Wand name.”

On March 31st, Toth will release the first album under the name Wand via Olympia’s People In A Position To Know Records and his own Mad Monk imprint. This is a limited edition release to set up the pending release of Hard Knox. Toth’s latest project, The Jescos has completed recording its debut for release later this year. The Jescos feature Timothy Bracy, formerly of The Mendoza Line, Toth, and Elizabeth Nelson, Bingham Barnes (Glossary), Tyler Coppage (We Were The States) and Brian Lowery.



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