I am writing to you from the road. It’s 100+ degrees on the pavement today, but we are headed for the cool mountains of Virginia. Tonight we are playing at the Front Porch Festival, tomorrow we are at the Route 23 Music Festival, and on Sunday we return to Charleston to celebrate the Charleston Pour House’s 12th birthday! What a fun weekend! Our summer tour continues after Labor Day with shows in DC, Nantucket, Raleigh, and Charlotte. We wrap the tour up at the ever-epic Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival before heading home for our drummer, Wes Powers’ wedding.
The new touring lineup is feeling good, on and off stage. We have working on some new songs, and tweaking the arrangements to freshen some of our older material. Matty is doing a great job on the bass, and Ross is killing the keyboards and adding some nice vocal harmonies. An acoustic set is in the works, where we will bust out the ukuleles and banjo in a campfire style jamboree. We plan on trying out a few songs this weekend in this new “unplugged” configuration.
We are still working on the new album, Dance!, despite not reaching our kickstarter goal. Thanks to all of you who pledged and pre-ordered the cd. Since we didn’t reach our goal, we didn’t get any of the funds. Like “Casey at the Bat,” we swung for the fences…….and struck out. It’s back to the dugout to regroup and sharpen our skills for the next at bat. We are planning another pre-order campaign for Dance! that will go straight through our website, rather than a 3rd party crowd funding site. Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement about this campaign next month. We are really excited about these tunes, and can’t wait for y’all to hear them.
Joel, Ward, Russ, Wes, Ross, and MattyOL DRIVEN TRAIN :: NEWS