Doug Martsch: “Now You Know”


When rock musicians “rediscover” the blues, it usually means one of two things: They feel a need to step back from their careers and look at one origin of their craft, or they’ve run out of ideas and need to give writer’s block a swift kick in the pants.

It seems as if Doug Martsch has found himself at this crossroads with his first solo album, “Now You Know.” The brains behind Boise, Idaho’s best (if only) indie band, Built to Spill, has put his patented lo-fi shriek on the back burner and picked up the slide guitar-style of Delta blues. Recorded in Martsch’s basement studio, “Now You Know” came together after Martsch discovered musicologist Alan Lomax’s 1959 recordings of bottleneck guitar great Mississippi Fred McDowell.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.

Doug Martsch: "Now You Know" | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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