Black Mountain’s Seth Kauffman has been busy as hell over the past year. His “lo-fi Carolina funk” style morphs between reggae and indie rock, and has has caught the attention of everyone from David Dye/World Cafe and Jim James (My Morning Jacket), to Dr. Dog and Ray LaMontagne. While there were scant Floating Action or Lord King shows around town this year, Kauffman never lets the music stop.
Currently, you’ll find Kaufman crisscrossing the country playing bass for Jim James on his solo tour.
If you haven’t already checked out the Floating Action (Kauffman’s alias) album, Hold Your Fire, do so immediately. It’s an epic double-LP released back in February. This expansive recording includes appearances from Jim James, Asheville’s Angel Olsen and Brevard’s Shannon Whitworth. You’ll have trouble finding a hard copy of this one — the vinyl was a super-limited run and quickly sold out. Don’t fret, you can still score a digital copy via iTunes and other digital retailers.
Additionally, Kauffman’s session work can be found on albums ranging from Lana Del Rey to Ray LaMontagne, and Angel Olsen’s fantastic 2016 release My Woman. Olsen and Kauffman also teamed up for a cover of Grateful Dead’s “Attics Of My Life” for the Day Of The Dead release curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National.
If you’re itching for new Floating Action material you’ll be happy to know there’s a loose plan in place to record a new album in 2017, with a working title Is It Exquisite?.