Wand, from the school of Hard Knox. Hard Knox happens to be the latest compilation from James Toth, a.k.a. The Wand. He's raided the back catalog and put together a new bunch of tracks. "Arriving" is the first track off of Hard Knox. He doesn't want to think that this is one of THOSE compilations of rare gems though, and he's goes into great detail to explain why:
"To quickly address the elephant in the room – certainly, collections of demos, outtakes and home recordings are mostly bogus, but obviously you’re reading this, so obviously I’ve somehow been coerced into releasing this batch of tunes, and you’ve bought it or stolen it or borrowed it or gotten a promo or whatever, so let’s cut to the chase. In my defense, all of the cuts contained herein are ‘songs’ in the traditional western sense – my experiments in “surf harmonica” and “doom zydeco” will not be chronicled here, deep and plentiful as those archives may be.
Everything here was recorded by me on either a Roland BR-8 digital 8-track or it’s flashier, more cosmopolitan cousin, the BR-1600, with incalculable assistance from Jexie Lynn, who accompanies me on many of these songs and who’s encouragement and creativity allowed many of them to be. Most of the recordings were done at my then-home in beautiful Knoxville, TN between October 2002 and January of 2007, just prior to the retirement of the Wooden Wand name.
You’ve already pardoned the narcissism, now pardon the cliché: I stand behind these songs as snapshots” and enjoy them despite their many flaws. I hope you do, too"