Chris Eckman's current album «Harney County» was heavily inspired by the writings of William Kittredge, an Oregonian author who caught everybody's attention with first «Owning It All» (1987) and then with «A Hole in The Sky. A Memoir» (1992). His themes offer first-hand and refreshing insights into the American West and its uneasy existence with modern civilisation. But refreshing also, indeed, are Chris' understanding and interpretations of Kittredge's writing on the subject of sustainability of the Old/New West and it's relationship to civilisation, culture and human nature. Inspired by these writings, Chris' work in it's music emotes rawness, even brutality, but also the belief in the harmony necessary for extremes to not only co-exist but to survive and thrive together. By the way, if you know the last Walkabout album «Travels In The Dustland», you might clearly hear and feel its musical continuation in Chris Eckman's «Harney County».«I went after a mood of rawness and restraint. To me, these are the qualities already apparent in the writing of the songs and the music needed to reflect these qualities. Contra bass player Žiga Golob and I played the songs live over and over for two days straight in a cavernous, deep-sounding studio on the outskirts of Prague. The space actually holds an 80-piece orchestra and there we were, the two us, feeling small and somewhat intimidated by this environment.» Not intimidated enough not to come up with a great songbook and album. It's for you to enjoy tonite on the great Mississihl, sister river to the grand Lubljanica.