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Bill Frisell to Release Disfarmer July 21

Bill Frisell

As he proves on Disfarmer, a new Nonesuch release due out Tuesday, Bill Frisell doesn’t always need a Buster Keaton flick to make a film soundtrack-just some photographs.

The album features Frisell on guitar and loops along with Greg Leisz on steel guitar and mandolin, Viktor Krauss on bass, and Jenny Scheinman playing violin. Inspired by the life and work of Mike Disfarmer, the mysterious Arkansas man whose photos of local townspeople mark some of the most arresting portraiture of the 20th century, Disfarmer is 26 majestic, melodic vignettes evoking bygone honkytonks and tumbleweed towns. It follows last year’s All Hat, Frisell’s soundtrack for the film of the same name. (Although that disc features drummer Scott Amendola and harmonica player Mark Graham in addition to the Disfarmer quartet, the albums share a similar John Ford-ian spirit.)

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