The one-man existential-blues machine known as Ghostwriter has become familiar to SA audiences in recent years via his local club performances with Boxcar Satan.

Despite their obvious mutual admiration, however, the Portland singer-songwriter and the San Antonio trio never attempted a full-fledged studio collaboration until this summer, when Ghostwriter (aka Steve Schecter) found himself with a four-day layover in the Alamo City before his next tour stop. Working up a batch of old and new material from their respective catalogs, Boxcar Satan and Ghostwriter rehearsed for two days, recorded for two more, and emerged with Hobo Nouveau, a 13-song set long on Nick Cave-meets-Thalia-Zedeck desperation. Highlights include Sanford Allen’s bowels-of-hell vocals on “Drinkin’ Shine” and Ghostwriter’s “People,” a kind of dark flipside to the old life-affirming Barbra Streisand hit by the same name.

Ghostwriter will be back in town to join Boxcar Satan for a free CD-release show at The Mix (2423 N. St. Mary’s) on Saturday, December 8.

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