New Recording, IBMA World of Bluegrass

img_7259A lot has gone on since my last blog update, including World War II, the moon landing, and the Watergate scandal. Sorry it’s been so long!

Where to begin . . . Well, for one thing, we have recently gone back into the studio to record our second album for Mountain Home. If anything, our experience there was even more positive than the first, and we’re very excited to begin mixing this week. The only thing that marred our studio experience was the fact that our producer, Tim Surrett became seriously ill and was hospitalized a day after we started recording (it wasn’t our fault, I promise!) We’re so glad that he’s okay now and back doing work on the project, including contributing a couple of guest dobro parts.

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The new project will feature even more songs that were co-written by me and Jon Weisberger, plus material from other band members, and even a cover or two. Under pressure we finally recorded our heavily-requested medley of Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Footprints in the Snow” (yes, I’m kidding). This will be the first band recording to feature the newest Night Driver, banjo player Gina Clowes, and we’re excited about that.img_7196

Meanwhile, our current release, Run Away Tonight, has yielded another charting single, our cover of Tom T. Hall’s “Pinto the Wonder Horse is Dead.” It recently climbed into the Bluegrass Today top 5. Our live video is posted on our home page and on our YouTube channel.

We’ve just returned from a nice tour of the Pacific Northwest, where we played various spots in Washington and Oregon, and closed with two days at a brand new, up-and-coming bluegrass festival in Ferndale, WA called the Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival.

An ice cream stop near Mt. Vernon, WA (the road is tough!):

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I’m writing this on the eve of my trip to Raleigh, NC to attend and perform at the IBMA World of Bluegrass business conference, awards show, and Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. Our appearances are listed on our tour dates page, but if you’re attending, just check the official schedule.

I’m honored to be a nominee for IBMA Songwriter of the Year. We’ll find out who wins this coming Thursday afternoon (Sept. 29) at the Special Awards Luncheon.

One side non-musical note about the week in Raleigh: through my weekly Bluegrass Today columns, I was asked to write a humorous piece about bluegrass fashion for the Raleigh News & Observer. The article will run Tuesday the 27th.