The picture already is in focus. It’s just a bleary world sometimes—that’s all. Lucky for us, Bill Santen plays his acoustic guitar and sings his songs that carve out some peace from life’s oblique moments. Kicking the stones along Santen’s path are Jesse Lebus (guitar/backing vocals), Jonathan Moore (bass/backing vocals), Ben Phelan (drums/backing vocals), and Phillip Farmer (guitar). Come see a show, though, and you’ll get who you get. Best count on Bill and bad weather.
a couple of 7” records out in Portland. There were three distinguished
albums during some years of circuitous laps around the country. The
dice were cast multiple times, finally landing birddog on the Happy
Happy Birthday To Me square. The newest release is Songs From Willipa
Bay, which was recorded during the winter of 2002 in Shelbyville, KY
with Paul Oldham (Palace Brothers/Party Girls). Drifting into the studio
this time was Jason Loewenstein, an old Lebus cohort from the Drunken
Desperados (among other well chronicled projects). Songs From Willipa
Bay is birddog’s best album yet and features casually ardent songs
that playfully chip away at the ice of winter.