Juniper Tar releases debut CD

Juniper Tar releases its debut record this week on Milwaukee-based Bus Stop Records and according to the band's singer and guitarist Jason Mohr, J.T. took a different approach.

"To The Trees" was recorded is Prentice, way up north, in April.

"The idea was to stay out of the recording studio environment and invite the room where the song is recorded to be the fifth band member," says Mohr. "This allowed for the songs to be played live in one room where separation and instrument tracking would not become a separate process.

The eight-song disc collects the best songs the band has written and performed since it formed in 2005. But the material is also related, Mohr says.

"The songs on ‘To the Trees' come together in a collage with a unifying theme of separation and solitude, sometimes longing for it while other times cursing it."

Although firmly rooted in Americana, Juniper Tar's sound is more complex; too slippery to attach the label to. There are cascading guitars and ethereal elements, too, bringing depth and expanse to a Son Volt-ish roots rock style.

A limited edition 7" of "The Mouths of Fields" comes out on Bus Stop in spring. The flipside has a cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Rex's Blues"

The band -- which also includes guitarist Aaron Schleicher, bassist Ryan Schleicher and drummer Tuc Krueger -- hosts a listening party at Burnhearts in Bay View on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. Admission is free.

The CD release gig is Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at Turner Hall Ballroom with Limbeck and John Ralston. Admission is $10.


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