No One Seems To Notice That It's Raining, 2018 / 1974
vinyl LP, soft cover catalog, special edition woodcut on Arches BFK signed, numbered and dated
12h x 12w in
The woodcut depicts a young Jay Bolotin riding along side David Allan Coe, in Coe's vintage Cadillac. Underneath this image is a handwritten excerpt from a June, 1974 letter.
The LP set includes a full album download code + bonus song / story; "Lester And The Gold Coin", deluxe linen old style tip-on jacket, 12-page Saddle Stitched Book containing excerpts from Jay Bolotin's personal letters from the era, accompanied by newly commissioned woodcuts depicting the people and the times, printed inner sleeve with full lyrics on the front, and woodcut print "The River" - suitable for framing - on the back.
Kentucky native Jay Bolotin is a renaissance artist, equally at home crafting music and stories as he is creating otherworldly creatures carved from woodblocks, who are then masterfully animated into being. To step inside his world is to forget what was and what is. Described as sounding like Leonard Cohen crossed with John Jacob Niles recording Blood On The Tracks, Bolotin's songs were championed by Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Newbury, Merle Haggard, and Norbert Putnam; and recorded by David Allen Coe, Dan Fogelberg, and Porter Wagoner. His own studio sessions and demos reveal a voice calling from the shadows, spinning tales full of majestic imagery, that until now remained as elusive as the creatures in his visual art, that have graced the halls of galleries and museums worldwide.
Bolotin's work is included in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Georgia Museum of Art, Smith College Museum of Art.