"Is it roots rock? Is it newgrass? Is it psychedelic folk?... [The band] serendipitously rolls through a whirlwind of styles but there's a cohesive, nuanced thread making for a long, entrancing and seamless groove. The band's reliance on acoustic instruments enhances the jams, giving the band an earthiness that is richly organic and pure." -- Cincinnati CityBeat
Bolstered by its legendarily loyal base, Cast Iron Filter is gearing up to let the nation hear what the East Coast and South have known for years. The band's signature "Irongrass" sound has won fans over the course of four albums and untold road miles. And with the new album, Falls Of Rough, Cast Iron Filter is ready to be heard farther and wider.
"Irongrass" is the aggressive and raw, yet undeniably melodic sound for which Cast Iron Filter has made its mark. It's where rock 'n' roll meets the mandolin -- and where the passion of punk meets the grace of Americana.
Falls of Rough was produced/engineered by the band's long-standing partner, Mark Williams at Charlotte's Reflection Studio (home of R.E.M.'s Murmur and Chronic Town as well as Hootie & the Blowfish and Southern Culture on the Skids.)
In this concept album, lead singer/acoustic guitarist Dustin Edge's stories tell tales of the small, adversity-soaked town (Falls of Rough) in western Kentucky during the American Depression/World War II era. The town's mayor, sheriff, bartender, rebel, pastor, among others, all play a significant role in Edge's powerfully sung libretto.
Mandolin shredder/instrumental composer Mike Orlando's three beautiful instrumentals are cleverly sequenced into the album's mix, contributing to a potent "Irongrass" tapestry.
The band released its all-acoustic first album, Paradise in Palestine, in 1999, followed by the semi-acoustic-with-drums Further Down The Line in 2000. The pedal steel-infused This Ugly Town, their first with Williams producing, dropped in 2001 and sold more than 6,000 copies. Next was 2002's Live From The Highway, recorded over two nights of shows in St. Simons, Ga. It is this album that introduced the "Irongrass" feel to listeners.
From the summer 2003, the Edge and Orlando team – now augmented by new members Brian Burton (drums) and Phil Skipper (bass) - continued to tour constantly from Austin to New York, Tallahassee to Chicago. Meanwhile, the rhythm section was helping piece together the band's most cohesive batch of songs to date. The result is Falls Of Rough.
In the long crescent between Boston and the band's North Carolina home – and out to Texas too – students at local universities skip classes for days, following the band some 300 miles up the road. Ever-prolific, the band will tour its core markets of Charlotte, Charleston, SC; and Greenville, SC among others, collecting live tracks from each show and combining that with some new material on a disc scheduled for Spring 2005.
CAST IRON FILTER FALL TOUR
Fri 11.19.04 | Columbus, GA | The Loft
Fri 12.03.04 | Ashville, NC | Stellla Blue
Sat 12.04.04 | High Point, | NC Chumley's
Sat 12.11.04 | Atlanta, GA | Smithe's Olde Bar
Fri 12.31.04 | Charlotte, NC | Visulite Theater – (New Year's Eve Blowout prior to live hiatus)
JamBase | North Carolina
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