He found great inspiration in the process and started a band called Low Skies. Over the course of seven years, Low Skies released four records, (three with the Flameshovel label) and toured like crazy, sometimes with acts like Neko Case, Giant Sand, The Handsome Family, Band of Horses, Okkervill River, Explosions in the Sky, and Mucca Pazza. The songs herein are mostly narratives about Salveter's strange and beautiful travels, encounters, adventures, family, lovers, and dreams. He retold the story of his Great Grandmother, Vida's tragic relationship with her third husband Crow. He wrote a love song to Elegua, the mythological spirit or orisha who stands at the crossroads in our lives.
There are a few covers, songs by James, Tim Buckley, Ross Cashiola, and Paul Seibel. On "Before Midnight Scholar", Chris collaborated with Ryan Boyles, a great engineer, multi- instrumentalist, and maker of baba ganoush. They met a few years ago when Chris was bar-backing at The Hideout in Chicago. After introducing himself, he invited Salveter to see his band, High Hawk open up for the radical North African refugee band, Tinawiren. Chris was floored by the whole experience and they began playing together shortly thereafter.
Darrell Greiwe plays many instruments on the record. Chris and Darrel grew up in the same town and have been working together on creative projects for ten years (Chris' favorites being this album and bamboo sticky rice). The beautiful female voice on these songs belongs to Jamie Topper. She also plays and makes her own drums, a living goddess from the Paleolithic era. Judson Claiborne is currently seeking a label to put out their nearly finished album "Time And Temperature". "While the music is continually seductive, its core appeal is Claiborne's voice, which is as nuanced and filled with tremors as those of Rufus Wainwright and Jeff Buckley." -- No Depression 12/08 "Delicate and sublime." Time Out Chicago 11/08 Read more on Last.fm.
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