In 1998, guitarist and trumpeter Ben Vida, contrabassist & pianist Josh Abrams, contrabassist Liz Payne, and harmonium player Jim Dorling—all musicians in Chicago’s avant-garde scene—came together to form Town and Country, releasing a self-titled record on the label BOXmedia that year. Today’s track comes from their second album, 2000’s It All Has To Do With It.
Though the band would release just four albums, all awesome, before calling it quits in 2006, the members of Town and Country have kept busy with other projects. All four members play in the drone project DRMWPN, which released the beautiful Bright Blue Galilee in 2008. Vida and Payne have also played with free rock/jazz improvisers Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Colligan (both formerly of the Flying Luttenbachers) in the group Pillow; and in addition to recordings put out under his own name and under the moniker Bird Show, Vida plays with his brother Adam, along with Robert Lowe (who records as Lichens) and U.S. Maple’s Todd Rittmann, in the group Singer.
Editor’s note: Ben Vida will be performing on-campus next Friday, May 18, for this year’s Sonic Celluloid at the Block Cinema. Stay tuned for more details!