Hello there, Redheads! It seems we've been so busy playing music that we haven't had much time to write about playing music, but here she is again, the Redleg blog, with some exciting updates.
First, a recap: since we last wrote, we've logged hundreds of miles, returning to the Raleigh/Durham triangle and to Virginia, playing our first ever show in Winston-Salem, and getting to know Greenville, SC a little better with multiple shows down there. Locally, we've been welcoming Spring to the mountains with a number of outdoor shows on some beautiful tree-lined stages.
The biggest news of the season, as you hopefully already know, has been the release of our new album, My Old Heart. We recorded it back in October of 2015 at Dirt Floor Studios in Haddam, Connecticut, with Eric Lichter and his team contributing their talents in both production and musicianship, adding pedal steel, piano, organ, drums, and backing vocals to our ten original songs. Philadelphia-based artist Meg Lemieur complimented the tunes with an exquisite visual design, that we're proud to also feature on our new t-shirts. If you haven't heard the record yet, you can always buy a CD at one of our shows, find it under the Music tab of our site, or get it through Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, or Bandcamp.
Speaking of CDs and shirts, we're excited to be bringing to you all our first ever social media giveaway contest. Trek over to our Facebook page for the details, but basically, those of you that share our album with your friends on Facebook between now and May 20th will be entered into a drawing to win a complete Redleg Husky merch package – a shirt, CD copies of both of our albums, a drink koozie, and two stickers. We'll post a video on the 20th with the results, and contact the winner to get them their sweet swag!
Back in the music department, we had the idea to share with our Redleg family more of the music that we're listening to and that inspires us, since we're all constantly discovering music we haven't heard before and sharing it with each other on the long drives between shows. So, we've decided to take turns making regular playlists to share here and via Facebook, with the inaugural edition coming courtesy of your favorite bass player and blog author. Here it is, One Playlist Under a Groove, a mix of funk, soul, and rock and roll sure to awaken your inner rhythm section:
With all that in print, there's nothing left to do but update you on our upcoming shows. We've got another Virginia run this weekend, some great Western North Carolina dates, and then a return to Kentucky and Ohio, plus an appearance at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Arts Festival, where the headliner is none other than one of our all-time musical heroes, David Grisman. Check out the full calendar under our Shows tab, and we'll see y'all out there!
5/11 – One World Brewing, Asheville, NC 8pm
5/12 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm
5/13 – Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd, VA 8pm
5/14 – World of Beer, Charlottesville, VA 8pm
5/15 – Blue Mountain Brewing, Afton, VA 2:30pm
5/15 – Twin Oaks Community, Louisa, VA 8pm
5/18 – The Joint Next Door, Fairview, NC 7pm
5/19 – Oskar Blues Brewing, Brevard, NC 6pm
5/20 – Moe's BBQ, Woodfin, NC 6pm
5/27 – Tipping Point Tavern, Waynesville, NC 9pm
5/28 – Fonta Flora Brewing, Morganton, NC 3pm
5/28 – Mad Anthony's, Waynesville, NC 8pm
5/29 – Garden Jubilee, Hendersonville, NC 12:30pm
5/29 – Dark City Deli, Black Mountain, NC 4pm
6/1 - Red Barn Radio, Lexington, KY 8pm
6/2 – Al's Bar, Lexington, KY 10pm
6/3 – The Crow's Nest, Cincinnati, OH 9:30pm
6/4 – Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA 12pm
6/4 – Marietta Brewing, Marietta, OH 10pm
6/5 – Bold Rock Cider, Mills River, NC 4pm
6/8 – One World Brewing, Asheville, NC 8pm
6/9 – Table Restaurant, Boone, NC 6pm
6/10 – Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 5:30pm
6/11 – Backyard Bar, Black Mountain, NC 9:30pm