Amtrak’s Hudson bound train trumpeted rhythmically over Will Oldham’s deep-woods voice, seeming a part of the performance. The visual, musical and aural presentation of Rudy Wurlitzer’s 1984 novel “Slow Fade” had all the right stuff to spellbind the crowded audience at Basilica Hudson. The event showcased the release of Wurlitzer’s audio book version of “Slow Fade,” narrated by Will Oldham (Palace Brothers, Bonnie Prince Billy) and his good friend D.V. DeVincentis.
The 45-minute spasmodic reading was tag teamed between Wurlitzer and Oldham while guitarist Ben Chasny (of Six Organs of Admittance) gently strummed chords relevant to the setting at hand. The audience was brought to Mexico, India, back to the familiar land of New York and then to Canada with the help of photographer Lynn Davis’ colorful and moody slideshow.