Like much of the band’s original material, this song was written by bassist Reed Jones. It tells a bit of his family history, relating the true story of how his grandparents moved from eastern Kentucky to southwest Ohio where work was plentiful in their youth. A great many families in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan have a similar backstory, one told in aggregate in the recent book, Industrial Strength Bluegrass, by Fred Bartenstein and Curtis W. Ellison.
Jones says that keeping in touch with where you come from, and those who preceded us in the world, helps us keep track of who we are.
“At their best, songs help us make sense of the world. Different Than Today not only honors the legacy of my grandparents and their journey from eastern Kentucky to southwestern Ohio, the act of writing and recording it has helped me find my way forward in the face of this frenzied world, all by maintaining a healthy and meaningful connection to my own history.”
Blaylock sings the lead and plays guitar, supported by Jones on bass, Evan Ward on banjo, and Mason Wright on fiddle. Guest mandolin is provided by former Redline bandmate Patrick McAvinue.
Have a listen…
Different Than Today, the single, is available now from popular download and streaming sites online. Radio programmers will find the track at AirPlay Direct.
The full album from Audie Blaylock and Redline is expected sometime next year.