Listen to Steve Gunn join Cian Nugent on “Year of the Snake”

Before bringing this year’s Night Fiction to Philadelphia last week for a mesmerizing performance at Boot & Saddle, Irish guitarist Cian Nugent met up with Lansdowne, PA native Steve Gunn at New York’s Union Pool. NYC Taper was there to capture their collaboration on the slow-burning “Year of the Snake,” calling it the show’s “piece de resistance” and noting the intuitive chemistry between the frequent tour mates. The song eases in with tranquil, desert-psych fingerpicking before subtly shifting into a Rolling Stones-esque rock tune, an apt display of both Nugent and Gunn’s wide range of influences.

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Listen to “Cat Mask at Huggie Temple” by Steve Gunn and Cian Nugent (playing Little Berlin on 9/13)

Cian Nugent

Road trips have long been the source of creative inspiration: for Jack Keruoac and On the Road, Peter Fonda / Dennis Hopper and Easy Rider, and now guitarists Cian Nugent and Steve Gunn with their upcoming LP Cat Mask at Huggie Temple.  Joined by drummer John Truscinski, the trio recorded two expansive and exploratory tracks as Desert Heat inspired by a joint tour that crossed continents and oceans.  The title track, now streaming on Soundcloud via distributing label MIE Music, stirs together the drone-y, meditative and wordless storytelling structures of Dublin’s Nugent and Brooklyn’s Gunn, reaching from the blues of the Delta to the ragas of India.  Nugent, Gunn and Philly’s Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band will perform at Little Berlin on Friday, September 13th; more information can be found here.  Listen to “Cat Mask at Huggie Temple” below.