Alt-country pioneers Cottonhead have become somewhat of an underground institution now in their home of New York City, despite the unrelenting reclusiveness of songwriter Greg Talenfeld. Gracing the stages of such finer venues as The Bottom Line, The Living Room, Fez, The Mercury Lounge and other equally reputable establishments for nigh on twelve years now, Talenfeld's reluctance to perform publicly is offset only by singer Mary Birdsong's heartfelt enthusiasm, deep-rooted optimism and faith. The angelic soaring beauty of her voice in juxtaposition with the strangled despair of Talenfeld's passionate attempt at guitar playing combine to create the push and pull "comfort-food" satisfaction that New Yorkers have grown to know and love as Cottonhead.

 

 

 

Stemming from the country-western duets of the 1980's Talenfeld-Birdsong collaboration "The O.K. Canaries", Cottonhead is the plugged in and tuned up version of this now classic sound, backed by the solid as shit accompaniment of Kirsten Jansen on drums, Jeremy Chatzky on bass, and Joe Mendelson on piano and organ. Despite the unrelenting reports in the media of their unpleasant yet inevitable break-up, the band invariably re-appears with a new CD and a new bass amp.