Tuesday, December 22, 2009

2009 / 2010 Show Prints - by Scott Avett

For a video of Scott making these prints and some more info on the process, click here. And to read a full blog, posted last year about Scott's printmaking, click here.

Friday, May 1, 2009

New Paleface and Samantha Crain in Stores!

We are very excited to release two new albums this week!

Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers
Songs in the Night

Friday, March 13, 2009

Ramseur Records Vimeo Channel!

In case you haven't seen it already, we wanted to let you know about the brand new Ramseur Records vimeo channel, here:


We got some new recording equipment, so we'll be using it and sharing the output. Make sure to subscribe or check back often, as we've got a lot of stuff waiting to be uploaded and will be taping and posting more and more stuff by all of our artists as time goes by.

And here's a little statement from Dolph on the microphone used to record all this stuff:

"These videos were filmed and recorded at the Ramseur Records headquarters over the past week. Mr. Joseph Grado handmade the microphone (Joseph Grado Signature Holographic Recording Instrument Microphone) that is being used. He built this a few months ago for Ramseur Records. Mr. Grado is 85 years young. He is a legend in the hi-fi audio world. He is renowned for his phono cartridges and headphones. By the time Joseph Grado ended his working career he held the rights to forty-eight patents and had been inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame. We are glad he is still out making a difference in the world of audio."

So, enjoy!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Avett Brothers in Time Magazine!

John Grogan's Short List
By DEPARTMENT Thursday, Jan. 08, 2009
He's the author of the best seller Marley & Me and a new memoir, The Longest Trip Home. Here's what John Grogan has been watching, reading, listening to and harboring fond feelings for. (Oh, and he also went to see that flick about the couple and their crazy dog.)

Emotionalism, by the Avett Brothers I discovered the Avett Brothers while browsing in one of those iconic hippie shops in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. The album was playing on the store's sound system, and I was instantly smitten. It is impossible not to grin while listening to this infectiously upbeat blend of folk, rock and bluegrass, all played on acoustic instruments and with whimsical, witty lyrics to boot.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Relief Prints by Scott Avett

My introduction to printmaking was by professor of printmaking at East Carolina University, Michael Elhbeck. While focusing on painting as a concentration at the School of Art, I also found time and the good fortune to learn multiple printmaking processes under Elhbeck’s instruction. Among these processes was relief block printing, which I initially learned on wood and then later on linoleum.

The process has proven very useful in the moving world that I live in, where mobility is a must due to the changing workspace. Over the past five years I have used The Avett Brothers' annual New Year’s shows as a commercial outlet to produce prints using this process. In between show posters I have also completed prints using other subject matter as well.

The process of relief block printing starts with a drawing, usually in one of my many sketch books and then it is transferred, in parts, to a large piece of tracing paper to make up a unified composition. The image is then traced again on the opposite side of the tracing paper and then burnished onto a piece of linoleum. I then redraw the image over the lines I have transferred and add touches and possibly more elements to the image on the linoleum, sometimes changing it completely. Some images are drawn straight to linoleum when traveling with scrap pieces.

After the image is completely drawn in black ink on the linoleum, I began carving the unmarked areas away. This creates the “negative” space that ink will not touch, and will leave the paper exposed creating the lighter value of the image. The black areas that make up the drawing become the surface in which the ink is carried and make up the dark value of the image. Once the linoleum block is entirely carved I began the printing process.

Printing has been done in the printing department at East Carolina University with the help and support of Michael Elhbeck and others. Without the faculty within the printing department at The School of Art at ECU printing, for me, would not be possible. The prints are made in limited runs and are signed and numbered accordingly. Some will not be reproduced.

Some original drawings, leading to the final composition, can be purchase at Envoy Gallery located in New York City’s Lower East side or at envoygallery.com. You can view them here. Prints are available also through envoy gallery or Applewood Gallery of Charlotte NC.

Monday, November 24, 2008

New Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers Website!

We're very excited to present a brand new, shiny website for Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers. To check out the website and listen to an exclusive track from her upcoming album Songs in the Night (in stores 4/28/09), go to www.samanthacrain.com