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Loren Connors

Guitarist Loren Connors was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1949. Best known as a composer and improviser, Connors has issued over 50 guitar records on his own imprints (Daggett, St. Joan, Black Label) since the late 1970s and over two dozen on other labels across the globe. He has recorded under the names Guitar Roberts, Loren Mattei, Loren MazzaCane Connors and other variations. Connors’ singular adpation of the blues is a distinct personal vision combining the Delta bottleneck sound and the ancestral blues voice (appearing as distortion, baying hounds or multi-tracked guitar), with hauntingly unexpected sounds. Outside of Connors’ three decades of solo work, he has collaborated with Suzanne Langille, Jim O’Rourke, Darin Gray, Alan Licht, Christina Carter, Keiji Haino, San Agustin, Jandek and many others, as well as leading the group Haunted House. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Two new albums out now: The Red Mars is the first CD of new solo Connors music since 2004’s The Deaparting of a Dream Vol III: Juliet. Since that time, Connors’ unmistakable electric blues style presented on album has changed somewhat — from multilayer tape-recorded pieces to spontaneous live performances. It’s full of the cinematic pacing, lyricism and a palette of phantom tones that hoist Connors to a stunning new peak. What a surprise: Haunted House band is back: Blue Ghost Blues LP/CD, is the scond album from Connors, Suzanne Langille, Neel Murgai and Andrew Burnes. A heavy, blues based rock sound anchored by Langille’s fire moan.