We’re just coming off a busy and productive week that saw Run Away Tonight hit the street on August 21. The night of the release we played to a sold-out house at The World Famous Station Inn in Nashville. We had a great time and were joined on stage by several talented guests: Ron Block, Donna Ulisse, Nate Lee, Carol Ann Turney, and Paul Kramer. It being Nashville, other recording artists popped in too, including Deborah Allen, and George Hamilton V.
The next night we again played to a sold-out crowd at a favorite spot of ours: The Old Feed Store in Cobden, IL, the site of last year’s live album.
(photos by John Longmire)
The first review out of the box was a rave, we’re thrilled to say, and it came from Fervor Coulee’s roots music blog. It’s on our reviews page, along with other recent reviews. Meanwhile, track 1 from the new record, “Laurie” has been on the Bluegrass Today weekly chart for a month now, and just hit #1! Our version of Tom T. Hall’s “Pinto the Wonder Horse is Dead” is also in the top 5.
Mountain Home has released their first-ever podcast featuring an interview of me and Jon Weisberger with Mountain Home’s Ty Gilpin, discussing the album and the history of the band.
We were guests on Kyle Cantrell’s “Track-by-Track” show this past week on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction. The show will replay at some point in the future, and is available on demand.
I will also be a guest host on Bluegrass Ridge TV coming up around the end of the month (check local listings).
Last week, I was a guest on Cindy Baucom’s Knee Deep in Bluegrass, and coming up soon, I’ll be a guest on the Bluegrass Radio Network‘s “Into The Blue” with Terry Herd
Here are a couple more song descriptions for “Laurie” and for “The Leaving of Liverpool”:
Laurie: Jon Weisberger and I are both fans of Uncle Dave Macon, and we think of this song as a modern old-time song in that vein. In this one, a guy is calling to a girl in the upstairs window (think Rapunzel without all that hair). This is the theme of the album art, by the way, and the album title comes from the first verse of the song. Casey Driessen, a former Night Driver himself, returned to guest on fiddle. We discussed other women’s names, but settled on “Laurie” since Jon felt it was a nod to my time in Scotland this past year. It’s true that I encountered a number of Lauries while I was there, but they all spelled their name “Lorry” and they were all trucks. We got along very well as long as I never attempted to pass them on the left.
The Leaving of Liverpool: This is an old Irish/English sea ballad which Bob Dylan later adapted and turned into the version more familiar to bluegrassers, “Fare Thee Well.” I first heard the song when I was around 6 or 7 years old on a recording by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, who had a top 10 hit with it in Ireland in the early ‘60s. I loved it and we thought it would be a nice tip of the hat to my time spent in that part of the world this past year. There really was a ship called the Davy Crockett, and there really is a Liverpool. Bob Dylan, though, is strictly a fictional character.
After all the excitement, we’re taking some time off, but it’s merely the calm before the storm. We have a series of festival dates leading up to a newly added appearance at IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass on Friday night (Oct. 2) in Raleigh, NC. For those attending the conference during the week, we’ll also be playing an afternoon showcase for our record label, Mountain Home on September 30.
Immediately following the IBMA World of Bluegrass, we’ll be heading overseas for a European tour, which will include shows in Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic.
We’re still awaiting final details on one or two dates, but almost all of them are now posted on our tour dates page.
For those who read my weekly Bluegrass Today blog, this past week I revealed some exciting reforms coming to the IBMA awards process, like thumb-wrestling to determine special awards winners!
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