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Son Of The Velvet Rat

Son Of The Velvet Rat is the alter ego of songwriter Georg Altziebler and his wife Heike Binder, who a decade ago left their hometown of Graz, Austria, and the cloistered safety of the continent for the endless highway of America. They came to rest in Joshua Tree, on the edge of California's Mojave Desert, an alien, alluring landscape that no less than Neil Armstrong once christened the closest to that of the surface of the moon.

This spectral, off world character has finally found purchase in their jagged folk pop melodies and forbidding ballads, infusing the cabaret traditions of Old World masters like Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel and Fabrizio De André, with the Old Testament prophecy and Kabbalistic visions of Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.

On their new album, "Ghost Ranch", on Fluff & Gravy Records, drum loops and saloon piano, violin and cicada drones, hanging chimes and pounded metal combine to create a jittery soundtrack for all the true believers and false messiahs, county fairs and shooting ranges, feral banners fluttering atop battered pickup trucks, and the roadside carnage of an accidental police state ratcheting into focus. All delivered in, what accidental fan, and collaborator, Lucinda Williams, who caught their set one night at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, calls Georg's "great sexy gravelly voice", leavened by Heike's translucent harmonies, like desert roses circling a tattooed heart.

Son Of The Velvet Rats' new album "Ghost Ranch" was recorded at Red Barn Recorders in Morongo Valley, CA, and co-produced by Gar Robertson with Jay Bellerose on drums and Jennifer Condos on bass. It features Jolie Holland on backing vocals and violin. Marc Ribot guests on electric guitar.

1st single, "Beautiful Day" was released on December 14th, 2023.

2nd single, "Rosary", will be out on January 18th, 2024.

The new album, "Ghost Ranch", will be out on March 22nd, 2024.

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