Roots Moderne: Conrad Praetzel and Clothesline Revival

The Greatest Show on Mars, the latest outing from Clothesline Revival, fully embodies the Roots Moderne aesthetic; Conrad Praetzel’s finger-picked and slide guitar, along with occasional banjo, join beats and synths in a tightly woven tapestry, often accompanying samples of Lomax recorded accapella singing in a way that seems utterly natural. For his first three Revival projects, Praetzel was joined by fellow Bay Area resident Robert Powell on pedal steel, lap steel and various other stringed instruments, as well as a rotating cast of actual vocalists recreating the spirit of American roots. This time Praetzel is alone—just a man and his studio.

Continue reading