With Daniel Bachman’s new album, "When the Roses Come Again," he exits the steel string world where he started and tiptoes into a new one, where apparitions and nature inhabit compositions in a musical, genealogical garden.
Self-recorded in the spring of 2023 on a laptop in a cabin that leans against the border of Shenandoah National Park, "When the Roses Come Again," is culled and composed from a week of 8-hour a day improvisations. Bachman worked as a carpenter’s assistant in this cabin and borrowed it for a makeshift studio. He extended his handywork into repurposing and building his own instruments as tools for this creation. He pulled the frets off an old Hondo banjo, sanding it down, in search of new sounds and learned to build his own Appalachian mouth bow from reading an instructional manual. He cut-and-pasted free-form jams into compositions, choosing notes and passages that resonated and connected with himself and each other, sometimes altering their speed and pitch.