Founding member of Screaming Trees, collaborator with Neko Case, Kurt Cobain & Nirvana, Mark Pickerel returns with a mood music masterpiece featuring members of Jack White, The Intelligence and the Mark Lanegan Band. This new album, Tess, proves from the first sly, seductive note that you'll be powerless to resist the charms of this barroom-prowling troubadour. Pickerel roams the treacherous terrain of romance like its the Wild West. Tess is tumbleweed noir - a dusky landscape littered with empty bottles and broken dreams, where bedrooms are ghost towns and love - while not exactly a battlefield - could easily land you in a jail cell. Tess is an album full of last waltzes for last call - impure siren songs, if you will. A seductive invitation to not play it safe.