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Not Forgotten: Smog – A River Ain’t Too Much to Love

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BESIDES being a songwriter we should grasp close to our chests, we’ve seen time and time again this summer that Bill Callahan has an incredible capacity to surprise. First he goes and pulls a whole new LP out of the hat, Gold Record, laid down quickly and announced unexpectedly. Then – ka-bam! – he starts …

IT TURNS out he wasn’t joking. Last week’s announcement of a new Bill Callahan record in September included a cryptic passage, chatty and hyperbolic, stating: “Ten Whole Weeks until Gold Record drops? Why, that sounds like an eternity! “Thankfully, the Gold Record rush begins much sooner than that – if you think of every weekend …

EVERYONE’S favourite gravelly, bass-voiced, sad-eyed chronicler, Bill Callahan, has announced a new LP – Gold Record – just a year on since Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest. While Bill was preparing to take Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest  out on the road across the globe, for a period of perhaps a year, he opened the notebooks, pulled …

For the first minute or so there’s nothing but melancholic acoustic guitar and a far away harmonica. It’s moving, deeply moving. Then comes Bill Callahan’s voice, and you’re utterly invested. By the time he released A River Ain’t Too Much to Love in 2005, Callahan has been recording under the identity of Smog since the …