Clem Snide “Don’t Bring No Ladder” – Listen

Clem Snide (the recording name that Eef Barzelay goes under) has released his new single ‘Don’t Bring no Ladder’which is taken from his Ramseur Records/Thirty Tigers releases ‘Forever Just Beyond His first new album in almost five years was producer by Scott Avett – and this song was, says Snide “the first song I sent Scott in the hopes that it would entice him to make a record with me and with the extra secret hope that he would sing it” adding that “both of those hopes were sweetly fulfilled. May we all die without resentment and regret.”

Eef Barzelay and Scott Avett eecorded the album on Avett’s farm in North Carolina,with a core band that included bassist Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses, Lissie) and drummer Mike Marsh (The Avett Brothers, Dashboard Confessional), and worked raw and loose to cut basic tracks live. Then Barzelay headed to his adopted hometown of Nashville where he finished vocals and guitars and layered up additional parts from guests like Old Crow Medicine Show fiddler Ketch Secor and Avett Brothers cellist Joe Kwon. In the end, it was four long years between Avett and Barzelay’s initial introduction and the completion of the album, but the outcome is something close to magnificent.  Check out today’s track to hear what we mean.

Author: Jonathan Aird

Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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