The idea started with two words: "ambient" and "country". For the members of SUSS (Bob Holmes, Pat Irwin, Jonathan Gregg, and Gary Leib), the genre of "ambient country", which they are often attributed to creating, has been hiding in plain sight for decades. The inspirations for SUSS's music lie in albums as diverse as Brian Eno's and Daniel Lanois's "Apollo Atmospheres" and Ry Cooder's "Paris, Texas" soundtrack. The listener can even trace the melancholic, high lonesome sprawl of these artists back to Hank Williams.
The Lost Philip Glass Sessions available on vinyl for the first time.
“The Raybeats represented intersections of multiple streams of creativity, where new music and popular culture were colliding. When we think of music and New York of that period, we think of groups like The Raybeats.” - Phillip Glass.
First recorded in June, 1982, The Raybeats went into Green St. Studios with Philip Glass without knowing what to expect. We wouldn’t know what we had until forty years later.
Wide Open Sky is a collaboration with fellow composer, neighbor, and friend, J. Walter Hawkes. We made the record in both of our studios in Long Island City, NYC and it’s a love letter to our disappearing neighborhood and a reflection on the disappearing wide open sky.