Dave King Trucking Company

This fall marked the release of Dave King Trucking Company's second album, Adopted Highway. It's an unhinged listen that cross-pollinates American roots and free jazz. King, guitarist Erik Fratzke, bassist Adam Linz, and saxophonists Chris Speed and Brandon Wozniak didn't use it as a vehicle for long solos. Rather, the album features four personalities devoting their impressive chops to oft-minimalist statements with sophistication stirring underneath. Within this language are both the incidental, atonal "Do You Live in a Star City?" and the hummable "Ice Princess," which employs a more rock-oriented approach. The album's vinyl pressing was funded by an amusing Kickstarter scheme, which had King teaching drum lessons via Skype and booking recording sessions with new e-friends, among other rewards. (No one sprung for his gold tooth, though.) Songs from both Adopted Highway and 2011's Good Old Light, as well as new material, will figure into the Trucking Company's weekend residency at the Artists' Quarter on Friday and Saturday. King returns the first weekend in December when Happy Apple, who are going to make a new record, spend a weekend at the venue too. "The music has to speak on a simple level, and then if you dig deeper, there are interesting twists and turns that can stimulate other parts of you," King says. "We try to blur the lines between the intellectual and shit just feeling good." (Photo by Andrea Canter)
Nov. 1-2, 9 p.m., 2013

 
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