A new single was announced today from Edie Brickell and The Steep Canyon Rangers, a song written by Brickell and Steeps guitarist/vocalist Woody Platt. The song is Test Of Time, an old time bluegrass number that bounces back and forth between 3/4 and 2/4 time. It’s sung as a duet between Edie and Woody, with the Rangers providing the grassy accompaniment.
They are calling this an “in between” single, as it is not associated with any full length project, and all proceeds will be donated to the CAN’d Aid Foundation, a charitable effort of the Oskar Blues Brewery.
Woody said that the song is special to him, as it was written while he was in a dark place. He was feeling glum on the road until Brickell arrived on the scene.
“Edie Brickell and I wrote Test of Time on the tour bus as we were parked in the belly of a ferry traveling from Bellingham WA to British Columbia. We were on tour with Edie and Steve Martin; it was last Mothers Day. Edie climbed into the bus full of sweet bubbly energy (which was nice especially because I was very flat and sad – it was Mother’s Day, the first one since my mom died unexpectedly in July of 2013). Edie, being a mother herself, was in such a bright mood it lifted my spirits in a big way.
She hopped on the bus humming this fun melody and was determined to turn it into a song. We started working on it and were finished by the time we hit land in Canada.
It was great fun working this song out with Edie, while Steve was listening in. We played it with the rest of the Rangers on the show that night.
We had a project with Carl Jackson in August so we asked Carl if he was willing to produce the single. He jumped on board to help us get it recorded.”
Pre-orders for the single track CD are available now from the Steep Canyon Rangers web site, with digital sales commencing on March 31.