Same Old Place, the second Rounder release from NewFound Road, is due to hit a week from today, on April 28.
We had commented a number of times about this album as it was progressing from concept to reality, and have been anticipating its release since last summer. The sound is fuller to my ear than their last, and the song choices show a depth and variety well-suited to the band’s style.
Jim Van Cleve served as co-producer along with the band, and says that they took more time tracking, and tried some new approaches to the material this time out.
Here are a couple of quick samples from the CD, along with some thoughts from bandleader, guitarist and lead vocalist Tim Shelton.
Try To Be – Listen now: [http://media.libsyn.com/media/thegrasscast/try_to_be.mp3]
Jim VanCleve sent me this song when we started gathering material and arranging songs for the record, it was written by Sonya Isaacs. I love a good intense, bluesy sounding bluegrass song and this one turned into that. It’s going over very well at the shows, and it opens the CD as the first track.
Same Old Place – Listen now: [http://media.libsyn.com/media/thegrasscast/same_old_place.mp3]
Tim Stafford wrote this song and I love it. It’s got such a sad feeling to it, which I love, and it’s definitely the biggest sounding song that NewFound Road has ever cut. We posted this on the band’s MySpace page and within a week the song had over 1000 plays and continues to average that, so evidently, folks are loving the song as well.
Audio samples for all 12 tracks can be found on the band’s web site, where you can also place a pre-order for the CD, shipped to arrive next week when it is officially released.