As 2018 dawns we find ourselves in the studio, working hard to record our next album. This one's a bit different from previous efforts, so we wanted to let you know where we're coming from, and where we're going. After all, you are so important to us. We sincerely appreciate the fact that we can share our artistic creations with you, every chance we get. Without you, as Rebecca says, we're just playing for the cats!
In 2017, we recorded and released 'Road to Brownwood'. This album paid homage to the folk, traditional and gospel roots that have influenced us, and that we feel are important parts of our lives. No originals on it - it was a different kind of project.
In the same way, 2018 will bring a "blues album". It doesn't have a name yet, and we're not sure how many songs will be on it. As of today, there are 19 songs on the thing. We'll see if they all make the final cut! But like 'Brownwood', there won't be original material on it.
This "blues album" (I sure wish we had a better name for it...in time, in time...) will be a departure in sound for some folks. It’s harder-edged. It's not acoustic. What it is, is an honest capture of what we're doing these days, and a bit of a throwback to the punch and power of our original approach to creating music, back in our 'Westbound' days.
As a companion piece to 'Road to Brownwood', this "blues album" completes the foundation that we stand upon.
So what will we do on this foundation? In the summer of 2018 we'll start recording our new all-original release. This will be a MAJOR release - likely a double-album, around 25 songs, and we'll do a full run of vinyl and CDs alike. This one is targeted for a 2019 release, so we have time. The important thing to know is that 'Road to Brownwood' and "the blues album" lay the foundation for where we're going - and we are SUPER excited to be able to share this journey with you.