Home for the Holidays

Night Drivers Carterville
Hello friends,

Touring for 2013 is winding down, but there’s still plenty of news to report. “Lonely Comes Easy” continues to get notice, with lots of new reviews and chart action (the title track has made two separate trips to the top spot on Bluegrass Today‘s weekly chart). One of the more recent write-ups came from the legendary folk publication Sing Out! , and Music News Nashville called it “without a doubt, one of the top five Bluegrass discs of the year.”

The Night Drivers are spending more time with their families right now, and if you saw my last blog post, you know my curling season has started up in Alberta. Ned and Kelley Luberecki are enjoying the sights of England right now, as Nedski and Mojo are currently doing their UK tour.

Meanwhile, lots of new dates for 2014 are rolling in. I’ve just posted new ones to the tour dates page, including Big Sky Big Grass in Montana, Merlefest, Junegrass in Michigan, and The Joe Val Festival in Framingham, MA.

Truegrass will feature a different kind of “twofer” than we usually do on the show. This Friday’s show (Nov. 15) will devote the first hour to original versions of bluegrass songs, plus a cover recording of the same song, for a little classic bluegrass comparative listening. Also on this week’s show, we’ll commemorate the anniversary of the recording of “Rocky Top” by the Osborne Brothers, but we won’t actually play it (Kidding! Of course we will). Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction, channel 61.

This week I wrote the third installment in my series on studio psychology for Bluegrass Today, this week concentrating on translating studio euphemisms used by engineers or producers while talking to musicians or singers though the talk-back button. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants on topics for that weekly blog, so I can honestly say I have no idea what next week’s topic will be.

Pictured above is a photo of the band from one of our last tour dates of the year, a concert at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL.

Check back for more news soon.