Anthony Koutsos – drums
Jerry Vessel – bass guitar
Phil Carney – guitar
Mark Kozelek – guitar, vocals
San Francisco, CA
Old Ramon, the sixth Red House Painters album, recorded in the fall of 1997 through the spring of 1998, was intended for release that summer. But the mega-major label merger catastrophe that left hundreds of bands homeless spared few. Red House Painters looked for a brief moment like survivors, but subsequent delays eventually turned into permanent layoff. Old Ramon sat in limbo and grew into legend as another great, lost album only the privileged few would ever properly hear. They’ve unintentionally put the wait back into the term “long-awaited.”
Singer Mark Kozelek kept busy with a series of other projects. He served as producer for Take Me Home: A Tribute to John Denver. As archivist for the 4AD Red House Painters Retrospective album, assembling rarities and live tracks. As solo artist with several tracks on the Shanti Project album, and two albums Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer and What’s Next to the Moon, a collection of AC/DC songs reinterpreted. As live performer, touring the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden and his first ever shows in South Korea. As film scorer for the independent film Last Ball. And, finally, as actor in Cameron Crowe’s critically acclaimed Almost Famous.
But while playing a musician in a movie—Kozelek appears as the bassist of Stillwater in Almost Famous—was an exciting diversion, it also pointed out the absurdity and irony of the situation. He’d been writing and performing his own music since the 1980s, with Red House Painters since the early 1990s. He was a musician, not just someone…
Originally recorded in ‘97 and ’98, Old Ramon is the first new Red House Painters release since 1996’s Songs for a Blue Guitar. This is a very big deal….
- No tour dates scheduled at this time.
- Promo Photo - Red House Painters promo 1 (by Carol Irvine)
- Promo Photo - Red House Painters promo 2 (by Carol Irvine)
- Promo Photo - Red House Painters promo 3 (by Carol Irvine)
- Promo Photo - Red House Painters promo 4 (by Carol Irvine)
- Promo Photo - Red House Painters promo 5 (by Carol Irvine)
- Promo Photo - Red House Painters promo 6 (by Carol Irvine)
- Cover - Old Ramon