Big Week

We have a big week ahead: Wednesday, our “Track-by-Track” show will air on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction at 11:00 AM eastern. We’ll chat with Kyle Cantrell, and he’ll play all the tracks from “Run Away Tonight.”

Friday, August 21 is our actual release date for the album, and we’ll celebrate it with a special show at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville. The show starts at 9:00 PM.

We’ll follow that up with our midwestern release show at our mandolin player Mark Stoffel’s stomping grounds, and the site of our live album recording, The Old Feed Store in Cobden, IL. Feedstore w_Bankesters

Speaking of the new album, you can now pre-order it from i-Tunes and get 6 of the tracks right away. Just added were “Pinto the Wonder Horse is Dead” and “Once You’re Gone.” Below are some notes I wrote about both of those songs: CD-RunAwayTonight

“Pinto the Wonder Horse is Dead”: My dad and stepmother were big Tom T. Hall fans, and this is one of his songs I listened to and loved in my early teens. As the first line says, it’s based on a story he saw in a local newspaper. Tom T. Is now a good friend and neighbor, and I loved recording this. Actor Wilford Brimley visited Tom T. not long ago and told him it was his favorite song. Tom T. repaid the compliment by reciting his favorite Wilford Brimley movie line.

“Once You’re Gone”: This is one written by Jon and Jeremy Garrett, a former band member of ours and now a member of The Infamous Stringdusters. I liked this one the first time I heard it, and it felt very natural to sing it.

We appreciate the strong radio response we’ve had already. Three songs are currently in Bluegrass Today‘s top 20: “Dust Off the Pain” (debuting at #10), “Laurie” (the title track), and Ned’s tune “Bowties are Cool.”

Last week we had the pleasure of playing Music City Roots at their wonderful new location at The Factory in Franklin, TN. It was an all-bluegrass extravaganza with Sierra Hull, The Travelin’ McCourys, and The Gibson Brothers. The video clip is taken from that show.

That’s all for now. See you at The Station Inn!