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 Moore.

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

Josh Melton
JamBase | Texas
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[Published on: 8/29/03]

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