King Creosote Biography
Kenny Anderson, Scotland. Anderson is a prolific Fife musician and head of Fence Records, described on their own website as 'a collective of musicians, artists, craftsfolk, chancers and slackers'. Previously Anderson operated as singer-songwriter for the bands Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra and Khartoum Heroes, but found he was beginning to move in a different musical direction. With a new blueprint to write 'songs with relatively few chords in a bluegrass style', save for 'over-elaborate bluegrass ditties', Anderson began a stripped-down approach in both musical material and instrumentation. Under the auspices of Fence he began a project of CD-R albums now numbering more than 20, beginning with 1998's Queen Of Brush County. Commercially his Fence discography begins with Kenny And Beth's Musakal Boat Rides, a round up of the earlier CD-Rs and an album taken up by Domino Records.
The Fence collective, including Kenny's brother Gordon who records as Lone Pigeon, were becoming known for a mildly psychedelic take on folksy songwriting, a style recapitulated on King Creosote's 2005 release Rocket D.I.Y. Meanwhile King Creosote's live following grew, principally owing to his ability to extract emotion from his songs accompanied by little more than an accordion. This dedicated following, secured through label-based nights and support slots, spilled over to record buyers with his major label debut, KC Rules OK, recorded with regular collaborators the Earlies. By now Anderson had a high profile fan in author Ian Rankin, who contributed a booklet introduction when the album was reissued, including a further five tracks from its recording sessions.
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