Irv Irving's sound is at once accessible to all and entirely his own. It spans a range of 20th Century American music including rock and roll, blues, folk, country, and more, yet it is greater than the sum of those parts. His lyrics, while seemingly familiar in form and topic, interweave a multitude of references to literature and history, at the same time remaining intensely personal. From jamming and hanging out with folk legends Pete Seeger and Ramblin' Jack Elliott while just a teenager to logging hours on the New York City scene, headlining shows with his band and opening for acts ranging from bluegrassers King Wilkie to indie rockers Stellastarr, Irving has seen a lot and is keeping his eyes wide open.
Irving went into the studio in 2017 to cut some songs with his friend Tim Hatfield, who has engineered recordings for artists such as Keith Richards and Steve Earle. To accompany Irving, Hatfield recruited a band of top musicians, including drummer Charley Drayton (Keith Richards, Johnny Cash), bassist Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan, Tom Waits), keyboardists Glenn Patscha (Willie Nelson, Levon Helm) and Joe McGinty (Devenda Banhart, Ryan Adams), multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield (T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash). Irving personally invited in guitar hero Jim Campilongo, whom he met on the New York City live music scene. We think you'll enjoy the results.