Musically, the new record is a return to form for the band. As well as a new beginning. Lyrically it is romantic, melancholic and impressionistic. The melodic singing, chimey guitars and lush keyboards the band is known for weave their way through the songs. Even the saxophone has returned on the opening track. But it is a record full of music that sounds very of the moment.
"It's an interesting time for us to be putting out a new record. So much of the music we see and hear now reminds me of things I loved growing up," say guitarist Oed Ronne. "My friends in their twenties like The Smiths and New Order. It's a strange thing, but good for us I think. We'd love to reconnect with our old fans, but also make new ones among the ranks of the young."
"I'm really looking forward to sharing this new music with people who know us and people who've never heard us before. And play some shows," says bass player Bobby Mittan. "It's been way too long."
5/9 - Jammin Java - Washington, DC/ Vienna, VA
5/11 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
5/17 - Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA
5/18 - Satellite - Los Angeles, CA
5/19 - Satellite - Los Angeles, CA
5/31 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA (sold out)
6/1 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY - (early & late shows)
6/2 - Chameleon - Lancaster, PA
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.