ABOUT small flames
With the release of his debut solo album small flames, Austin-based musical firebrand Dylan Blackthorn shares with us a masterful cache of mysterious & heartfelt accordion-driven songwriting. Truly keeping Austin weird, the album’s 13 tracks roll through the liminal landscapes between apocalyptic love songs, psychedelic blues songs & mystic melancholic folk. Blackthorn’s first solo effort brings several of Austin’s musical luminaries to the studio, including Dr. $ick of the renowned Squirrel Nut Zippers. These guests lend haunting flute, fiddle & guitar tracks to help evoke a sound that is a bit “left-of-country”. With additional nods to polka, klezmer and folk traditions from around the world, and wild-eyed accordion wizardry that sidesteps easy description, small flames welcomes you to a world of dusty mushroom & whiskey-infused campfire ballads. The songs of Dylan Blackthorn’s small flames are as strange and as magical as accordion music gets, and provide the perfect aural escape during these confusing and tumultuous times.
ABOUT Dylan Blackthorn
Dylan McNeill Goldberg Blackthorn is an accordion-driven singer/songwriter, composer, poet, and Tarotlogist who lives in Austin, Texas. After spending most of the years of his youth reveling in bastions of anarchistic hedonism in California (Oakland by way of Santa Cruz), Dylan finally made his way to Texas to settle down and work with national touring act The 999 EYES Freakshow & Surreal Sideshow. He currently performs solo as Dylan Blackthorn, as well as with steampunk-goblincore stalwarts THAT Damned Band, Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour (the premier traditional Yiddish and Klezmer band in central Texas), The 999 EYES Freakshow & Surreal Sideshow, and folk-punk stalwarts Gary Lindsey & the Pleasure Tide. Dylan’s music is inspired by folk music traditions from around the world, including Yiddish folk songs, Klezmer, old-tyme, Irish, and Romanian folk styles.
Blackthorn’s poetry is inspired by teachers of the mystic & occult traditions, including the Baal Shem Tov, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Starhawk, Manly P. Hall, Alejandro Jodorosky, and most notably, his wife Samantha Goldberg Blackthorn.
Blackthorn’s music is inspired by folk music traditions from around the world, including Yiddish folksong Klezmer, old-tyme, Irish, and Romanian folk styles. Near the turn of the century, Dylan M. Blackthorn created and founded thee Hobo Gobbelins, Troglodyte jug band of the Unseelie Court. Over the years, he has played accordion with many bands: Sour Mash Hug Band, Day of the Zombie, Infiamatti Fire Circus, Minor Mishap Marching Band, Dr. $ick’s Trash Can Marching Band, Bruce Salmon, Laura Lackey’s Rhythm Review, Black-eyed Vermilion, Scrappelli, Wiener Dog Roadblock, & the Susquehanna Hat Company.
In 2018, Dylan Blackthorn self-published a book of his poetry, entitled “Lost Words”, which is available on lulu.com.
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