To record their second album, The Muddy Gurdy Mississippi Project, the Hypnotic Wheels trio (Tia Gouttebel, guitar, vocals; Marc Glomeau, percussion; and Gilles Chabenat, hurdy gurdy), traveled to the North Mississippi Hill County and the Delta. They met with descendents of emblematic bluesmen from the area: Cedric Burnside (R. L.’s grandson), Sharde Thomas (Otha Turner’s grand-daughter), Cameron Kimbrough (Junior’s grandson), and Pat Thomas ( James Son’s son).
« The sociologist, researcher, and journalist Scott Barretta –a reference in the domain– already told the Hypnotic Wheels musicians: «What makes your project so unique is that you didn’t come here just to take, but to give and to share, bringing something from your culture. »
The choice of the locations, the nomadic conditions of recording, the fact that they brought whith them a unique cultural element of our folklore, the hurdy gurdy, their generosity made of this musical and human adventure a rare and unique moment. A story which is told from the inside by one of the musicians –which is rather rare, a choice made by our magazine. What you will read, listen to and watch can only intice you to want to learn more about the project.
By Marcel Benedit, in ABS Magazine.
Read the full editorial by Marcel Bénédit and the storywritten by Marc Glomeau.
R.L. Burnside’s grandson is the first of the four guest musicians invited on Hypnotic Wheels’ second album. An enriching experience for Cedric, who won a Grammy nomination in 2016 for his Descendants of Hill Country album. But also for the Hypnotic Wheels trio –Tia Gouttebel on vocals and guitar, Gilles Chabenat on the hurdy gurdy, Marc Glomeau on percussion.
The recording was done by Pierre Bianchi in Como, in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Images are by Yannick Demaison.
Become a coproducer of this unique project thanks to the crowdfunding.
Travel to Mississippi with Hypnotic Wheels… The trio –Tia Gouttebel on guitar and vocals, Gilles Chabenat on the hurdy gurdy, Marc Glomeau on percussion–, along with Pierre Bianchi, sound engineer, and Yannick Demaison, for the photos and videos, spent a whole month in Mississippi, in April and May 2017, to record their second album with prestigious guests: Cedric Burnside, Shardé Thomas, Cameron Kimbrough, and Pat Thomas.
Hello all y’all. As some of you might know we, the Hypnotic Wheels trio, just spent almost a month in Mississippi. The idea was to bring the hurdy-gurdy there and to record an album with musicians who are descendants of emblematic musicians in North Mississippi Hill Country blues, Cedric Burnside, Sharde Thomas, Cameron Kimbrough, and from the Delta, Pat Thomas.
We are now back from his fabulous adventure, both musical and human, and are launching a GoFundMe to achieve what we started there. Become coproducers of this unique project —music without borders.
For the rewards, we chose to highlight more artists, from Mississippi and from France. Some of them are unique!
You can also find the Muddy Gurdy Mississippi Project on Facebook.
The Hypnotic Wheels trio was lucky to get a private tour of the famous MemphisDrumShop, on Friday, May 12th, with director Jim Pettit and drummer Rodney Polk. An unforgetable experience, shownon their website.
After having spent three weeks in Mississippi to record their new album, including several songs with drummer CedricBurnside, who was nominated for the Grammys in 2016 for his Descendants of Hill Country album, the trio, Marc Glomeau, Tia Gouttebel and Gilles Chabenat, went to Memphis to attend the prestigious Blues Music Awards ceremony.
For one group of French musicians, playing music isn’t just the end goal. Rather, their pursuit of creating music is intricately tied to a working philosophy that continually drives rich sensibilities about people, places and culture. And lately, right here in Mississippi.
The group, Hypnotic Wheels, arrived in Como, Mississippi last week and will spend the next two weeks traveling the Hill Country and Delta working on a project that hopes to further identify the cultural and musical commonalities between rural Mississippi blues musicians and rural French folk musicians, both whose music is born from a place of necessity rather than luxury. […]
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