Stress Jingle #8: Ralph Carney


Probably best known as Tom Waits' main horn player since 1985 (from Rain Dogs to Black Rider), multi-instrumentalist Ralph Carney has an impressive résumé that is deep as it is wide. During his two-decade career Carney has worked with David Thomas, Bill Laswell, Marc Ribot, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, the B-52's, T-Bone Burnett and Black Francis, among many others. While his primary instruments are various saxophones and clarinets, Carney collects and plays many instruments, often unusual or obscure ones. Growing up in Akron, OH, he embraced jazz and rock, and punk in particular; his involvement with the burgeoning Ohio punk scene (Pere Ubu, Cramps, Devo, etc) included a stint with the group Tin Huey. This early eclecticism shaped Carney into a versatile sideman as well as a wide-ranging solo artist, as his solo albums range from Krautrock to Dixieland jazz, and feature him playing everything from sax to musical saw to pan pipes.

Now you can hear him on Stress FM:



"Ralph's great... He's guided by some other source of information. He's like a broken toy that works better than before it was broken."
Tom Waits