Gill Landry

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Gill Landry
Gill Landry with Old Crow.jpg
Playing resonator guitar with
Old Crow Medicine Show at
9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
August 2, 2012.
Background information
Born Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Bluegrass, Progressive bluegrass
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, Banjo, Steel guitar, Resonator guitar, Vocals
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts Old Crow Medicine Show, The Kitchen Syncopators

Gill Landry, also known by the stage name of Frank Lemon, is a singer/songwriter and guitarist born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and a member of Old Crow Medicine Show and founding member of The Kitchen Syncopators.[1]



He got his first guitar when he was 5.[2] Landry started The Kitchen Syncopators with his friend Woody Pines in 1998 spending many years busking the streets of New Orleans, the Northwest, and Europe. As he tells the story:

"The Kitchen Syncopators came out of a Vaudeville show that Me, Felix Hatfield, Woody Pines, and Huck Notari were doing called The Songsters. It was a Bread and Puppet—inspired cardboard theater which featured a lot of early American music we were picking up off of our friend Baby Gramps. We'd been starving in shacks in Eugene, Oregon, when me and Woody went to the Oregon Country Fair one day to try busking. I think we made $300 bucks that day, which to us was a fortune at the time."[2]

Old Crow Medicine Show[edit]

The Kitchen Syncopators recorded several self-released albums and disbanded in 2004 when Gill began to lend vocals and play banjo and steel guitar for Old Crow Medicine Show.[3] When Old Crow co-founder Chris "Critter" Fuqua "went on hiatus" from the group in 2007[4] to pursue "recovery from a longtime alcohol addiction",[5] the group looked for a suitable replacement, finding it in Gill Landry, whom they'd first encountered in New Orleans in 2000, where they were "both busking over Mardi Gras."[2] As Landry tells the story:

"Our mutual friend, Sam Parton, suggested I give Ketch a call. So, I did, and he...asked me how my clawhammer and dobro playing was, and I said it was rusty but good. I didn't even own a banjo at the time and hadn't heard of clawhammer before. I was a guitar player."

Recovering quickly, he "went to a place called The Folkstore in Seattle, and bought a Goodtime banjo." He got a five-minute lesson from the store owner, then "practiced it for two weeks before I went to meet the boys. I played it on the Opry and at Doc Watson days. I must have just been god awful (sic)." Something must have worked, because "they kept calling me back."[2]

In 2007, Landry released a solo album titled The Ballad of Lawless Soirez on Nettwerk Records.[6] "Coal Black Heaven" from this album was hailed by one reviewer as "something of a hobo haiku to the national collapse and depression looming over every hollowed-out and rusted-through US river town."[7]

In October 2011 he self-released his second solo album titled Piety & Desire—featuring the Felice Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Jolie Holland, Ketch Secor, and Samantha Parton (of the Be Good Tanyas)—where he "creates a whole film and stereo hi-fi noir milieu" by realizing "a dozen rootsy, ambient and mostly catchy hardscrabble southwestern tinged originals."[8]

Landry appeared at the end of Be Good Tanyas video "The Littlest Birds".


  1. ^ Hahne, Jeff (9 May 2007). "Dark inspiration". Creative Loafing Charlotte. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Chris, Mateer (December 13, 2011). "Gill Landry Reflects On His Work With The Kitchen Syncopators & Old Crow Medicine Show, While Delivering His Own "Piety & Desire"". Uprooted Music Revue. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Gill Landry". The Post and Courier. 11 October 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Comaratta, Len (July 26, 2012). "Interview: Critter Fuqua (of Old Crow Medicine Show)". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Dickens, Tad (August 14, 2012). "Old Crow Medicine Show's new chapter [podcast with new member Chance McCoy]". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Danielsen, Aarik. "Gill Landry: The Ballad of Lawless Soirez". PopMatters. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Ritter, Mitch (March 19, 2011). "Mitch’s Monthly Mix: Aguas de Marḉo (Waters of March)". Driftwood Magazine. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Ritter, Mitch (October 18, 2011). "Feature Review: Gill Landry, Piety & Desire". Driftwood Magazine. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 

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