Tompkins Square's very first release was 'Imaginational Anthem Vol. One' in 2005, featuring American Primitive guitar pioneers like Sandy Bull, Harry Taussig, Max Ochs, Steve Mann and Suni McGrath, alongside new jack players like Jack Rose, Brad Barr (Barr Brothers), and Kaki King. The album received wide praise via Rolling Stone, NPR and MOJO, who called the album "Groundbreaking." The pairing of old and new would continue through vols. 1-3. The first three volumes are collected as a box set.
Volumes four and five focused solely on all new players, giving many folks their first taste of Chris Forsyth, Steve Gunn, William Tyler and Daniel Bachman. The first five volumes were collected in a box set, along with a bonus live disc by William Tyler. 'Imaginational Anthem Volume 6 : Origins of American Primitive Guitar' stretched the timeline all the way back to the first recorded solo acoustic guitar performances of the 20's & 30's. Artists like Sylvester Weaver, Sam McGee, Riley Puckett and Lemeul Turner created the template for John Fahey, and all who followed.
Imaginational Anthem Vol. 7' is compiled by 20 year old guitarist Hayden Pedigo, from Amarillo, TX. Hayden has recently been featured in Vogue and The FADER behind his own recent album release, 'Five Steps'. Hayden's curation represents a balanced cross-section across the modern solo acoustic guitar spectrum. As with previous volumes, this one truly represents the state of the art - an area of evolving musical expression that is very vibrant and healthy indeed.
1. On a Slow Passing Through a Ghost Town-Chuck Johnson
2. Culverts-Sean Proper
3. Enchiridion-Norberto Lobo
4. Trees Return to Soil-Simon Scott
5. Sea Retreat-DBH
6. Araucaria-Jordan Norton
7. The Great North American Wilderness-Kyle Fosburgh
8. Something, or Oil Paintings-Christoph Bruhn
9. USA Self-Michael Vallera
10. Red Bud Valley-Dylan Golden Aycock
12. Shadow Study at 6 am-Mariano Rodriguez
13. Olympic Peninsula Blues-Andrew Weathers
14. My Grandfather's 12 Gauge-Wes Tirey