Since taking his leave from Lou Reid & Carolina in July of 2012, Shannon Slaughter has been hard at work on a new project with his wife, Heather. They are settled now in Alabama, and have been working with their band, County Clare, on an upcoming 6-track album, One More Road. The full CD won’t hit until March, but a debut single is released today to bluegrass radio.
The Lives Of The Innocents is one of Shannon’s compositions, and like several songs from his 2011 solo record, The Sideman Steps Out, tells a serious story from the annals of American history. Slaughter is currently completing a masters degree in that discipline, and he knows of what he writes.
This Civil War story is a sad one to ponder, touching on the horror of war on all sides. It is told from the perspective of a North Carolina teen who enlists in the Confederate army, only to lose his life paying “for a rich man’s deed, dying for the sins of greed.”
One More Road is set for a March 15 release on Elite Circuit Records. Radio programmers can download the single now from Airplay Direct, where fans can also have a listen.