Welcome back to the Six Foot Love series at The Wild Detectives. A series of live outdoor performances with numbered seats and limited capacity. Tickets: $10/person Baptist Generals is an
Welcome back to the Six Foot Love series at The Wild Detectives. A series of live outdoor performances with numbered seats and limited capacity.
Baptist Generals is an experimental folk project led by singer/songwriter C*Flemmons.
Originally formed in Denton, Texas as a 2-piece drum and guitar street act, the band has evolved to a 5 and sometimes 6-member lineup with Flemmons regularly performing solo shows under the same name. They have toured with and backed Daniel Johnston, toured and performed with Mountain Goats, Vic Chesnutt, Damien Jurado, John Vanderslice, Crooked Fingers, Smog, Shearwater, among others.
Though most often defined as a folk act, the catalogue the band has built defies the tropes of that genre with aggressive arrangements and lush orchestrations, sometimes borrowing from Latin, African and other world rhythms, along with a regular seasoning of small electronics and psychoacoustic accidents.
Flemmons’ songwriting can be an intense emotional experience for some, as live shows at points dig into some of the darkest corners of the human experience. He wants the audience to return to places in their damaged psyches because “the world is rigged for you to not feel anything.”
Mara Lee Miller’s songs have been fiercely protected and quietly celebrated since 2005. Bosque Brown Plays Mara Lee Miller found listeners already warm to the plains-hearted music everywhere in the mid-aughts. Bosque Brown’s first release transcended those old-country and freak-folk trends, evoking a greater reason these sounds were popular: Miller’s songs evoked starlit roads and churches of rural Texas where she grew up just as they brushed a desire for healing common among those who associate those places with spiritual injury. This dichotomy was not resolved in Bosque Brown’s music. The bones of each hymn were strong enough to withstand trembling — the kind brought by fear, and the kind brought by wonder. Miller’s inner world was dark. It was only hers, and with the songs she kept the truth.
When the four-tracked demo that prefaced Bosque Brown Plays Mara Lee Miller caught the attention of Burnt Toast Vinyl, performance was not Miller’s focus. Neither is it her focus now. It is heartrending and special to hear Bosque Brown live. Those who did at the beginning remember the awe inspired by Miller’s voice and her talent for silence. She is an artist devoted to privacy and process, so a band formed around her in service to the first record in the safest way possible: her husband, her sister, and two friends played. One of them was Jeremy Buller, then an unknown guitarist whose reverence for Miller’s songs could be felt in the room. He went on to play with Sarah Jaffe, OK Sweetheart, Sophia Duccini and other artists whose work was clarified in his gentle, careful ear as a producer and sought-after multi-instrumentalist.
Bosque Brown had one more release on Burnt Toast Vinyl, Baby, and the self-released Us and Little Sea crystallized a partnership between Buller and Miller that continues to grow. With fall 2021 comes an opportunity to witness the pair live for the first time since 2013. During this hiatus from shows, Miller’s voice has been heard by new audiences via soundtracks to films like David Lowery’s The Old Man and the Gun. The possibilities of Bosque Brown always begin with the song itself, and with Buller standing alongside Miller as a mirror to the listener’s awe, every song will continue to be treasured.
Bosque Brown text written by Lyndsay Knecht
***The use of masks is strongly encouraged.***
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Wild Detectives
314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas