After taking a whole year off from touring and then relocating to Texas, it
was obvious that Greyhounds
were up to something. Earning a reputation among fans and their touring peers as
a fairly relentless touring machine, it seemed odd that the band would park the
van and seemingly disappear. It has recently been revealed what was occurring
during that time off. The band is preparing to hit the road again for their
first major touring in a year to promote their new CD release, Liberty, produced
by Galactic's Robert
Mercurio and Stanton
Greyhounds hid out in the historic landmark Liberty Theater in downtown
Tyler, Texas during November and December of 2002 to write the tunes for the new
album. In January of 2003, the guys headed down to New Orleans to hook up with Robert
and Stanton, who would be making their debut in the producer's chair. The result
is clearly a change in sound, as the album finds a harder, dirtier, more organic
blend of the Greyhounds groove. These guys have definitely shed the soul-jazz
flavor that seemed to be the label of their first release, Waiting for
Francis. Liberty is a raw record that has gotten back to the
simplicity of writing great grooves, catchy melodies, and telling interesting
and sincere stories. There is definitely a different element and vibe for each
tune. All around just a great record to have fun listening to. 11 tracks of
gritty, rock-solid, funky, Texas soul.
Speaking of Texas, it has definitely played a huge part in reshaping their sound and you will
find vocals on every track. And not just the gritty blues-man vocals of
guitarist, Andrew Trube, but the soulful falsetto sounds of keyboardist, Anthony
Farrell, as he makes his vocal debut on the track, "It's All Over but the
Shoutin." You can almost smell the sawdust on the Jukehouse floor when
listening to tracks like "Yeah Yeah Yeah" and the harmonica driven
"Hot Sauce." You'll find a pleasant surprise with Ani
DiFranco's guest vocal appearance on the track, "Black Hole." An
escape from the norm for both Ani and Greyhounds.
Greyhounds will be on tour through the East Coast and the Mid-West with Robert
Walter's 20th Congress early this fall.
Listen to song clips, buy the new CD, see pictures from the road and the
recording session, find tour dates and more at http://www.greyhoundsmusic.com.
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