Stream Tompkins Square’s new compilation Imaginational Anthem Vol. 5, featuring Steve Gunn, Daniel Bachman and more

Curated by New Englander Sam Moss, the fifth installment in Tompkins Square’s Imaginational Anthem anthology brings together twelve of the most talented contemporary musicians to celebrate the age-old tradition of acoustic guitar playing. Though volumes 1-4 of the series were compiled by Tompkins Square’s Josh Rosenthal, he brought in Moss for this edition to get a fresh perspective on the current generation.  Rosenthal explains, “I felt I’d exhausted most of the older guys I wanted to dig up, and I wasn’t hearing that much new guitar that I really liked. I sensed that Sam knew what was going on.”  The result is a record that has its foundation set in the American Primitive tradition of John Fahey and his ilk, but each contribution takes those roots down a dozen unique paths meandering from avant-garde meditations to raga-infused .

Following in the footsteps of the previous volumes, which included compositions by Jack Rose, Chris Forsyth and Jesse Sparhawk, Moss called on a few musicians with ties to Philadelphia to contribute their songs including Eric Carbonara, Steve Gunn and Daniel Bachman.

Imaginational Anthem vol. 5 will be released on Tuesday, November 13th, but it is available for streaming via Tompkins Square’s SoundcloudVol. 5 will also be included in a 6-CD box set, out on Black Friday, packaged with the previous volumes and an exclusive live album from William Tyler.  View the tracklist and stream the full compilation below.

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Guitarist Daniel Bachman signs to Tompkins Square Records; new album, Little Berlin appearance, due next month

Congrats to newly-arrived Philadelphian Daniel Bachman on inking a deal with folk-centric label Tompkins Square Records. The 22-year-old native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, is an impressive guitarist in the vein of the late Jack Rose (a fellow Virginia-to-Pennsylvania virtuoso) and his LP Seven Pines will be released on October 9. Bachman is headed out on a U.S. tour that brings him back home for a show at Little Berlin on October 23. Below, watch his video for “White Oak.” You can also check out a session he did with the folks at Out of Town Films over here. UPDATE: We’ve learned since writing this post that Bachman has since moved back to his native Virginia. And you know what? That’s okay, since he’s still an incredible guitarist, and he’ll still be back through town now and again. Another date worth mentioning – November 17 at Brickbat Books.