There has been a lot of buzz about this project, given the band’s increasingly envelope-pushing repertoire, and the fact that it was produced by Dan Auerbach of blues-rockers The Black Keys. C-Sky guitarist David Mayfield had slipped a copy of the band’s previous project, Gravity’s Our Enemy, to him while opening some shows for The Black Keys, and he liked what he heard.
Auerbach speaks highly of the C-Sky boys, and obliquely addresses the difficulty in defining their sound.
“They rose to the occasion. There’s some really beautiful sounds on Letters In The Deep, it is as much of a living album as it is an art piece and I’m definitely proud to have my name attached to this project.
Whatever genre it is, it’s a really great album, and I’m happy that I got to make it.”
Dualtone has been releasing niche music from Nashville’s “off-Broadway” artists for the past nine years, including albums from Jim Lauderdale, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Radnet Foster and Robinella. They have high hopes for their latest artists, and expect this to be a breakout year for alt-grassers Cadillac Sky.
C-Sky is Bryan Simpson on mandolin and vocals, David Mayfield on guitar, Matt Menefee on banjo, Ross Holmes on fiddle and Andy Moritz on bass. They will begin touring for 2010 in March.
UPDATE 11:00 p.m. – Bryan Simpson shared a few thoughts about the new deal, a free track offer, and a great way the band is giving back:
“It’s a very unique partnership with Dualtone. It’s not actually a record by record thing. Trying to think a little ‘outside the box’ has served us well artistically, so we decided to take that concept into our business practices as well. We’ll see… who knows. I do know I am excited to start slowly unveiling this new record.
To that point, Feb. 11th we’re going to release one of the songs off our new record as a free download. The only thing people have to do to get it from us is be registered as fan on our new Facebook band page.
ALSO, under the category of ‘our small part (for now)…’ We’re making all proceeds of our sale of the Weary Angel EP go to the relief effort in Haiti. They can download the EP for $5, and know that all proceeds are going to the Red Cross for the Haiti Relief Effort. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this disaster.”