Advance Base 'The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere'
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Following the critically acclaimed debut album, A Shut-In’s Prayer (#19 on MOJO Magazine’s Best Albums of 2012< list), Advance Base returns with a tribute to early 20th century Texas street preacher, singer, songwriter & musical innovator Washington Phillips entitled The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere.
Washington Phillips only recorded eighteen songs during his short career as a professional recording artist, & only sixteen of those recordings exist today. Mystery surrounds Washington Phillips’s music, as there is no known documentation of how it was made. For many years, it was believed that he performed his songs on a tiny, piano-like instrument called a dolceola, but many scholars now believe that Phillips custom modified two celestaphones (archaic, zither-like instruments), which he played simultaneously in his own special tunings. The strange, angelic sounds of strummed & plucked strings that accompany Washington Phillips’s forlorn spirituals have made him a legendary figure in gospel & outsider music circles.