On October 20, 2013 - an overcast, chilly fall day with intermittent rain - myself, Nate Wagner, Justin Dore and Kurt Rizley convened at Kurt and his wife's barn to record the basic tracks for what would become our new album, a long EP called Heavy Dudee. With Alex Hamel as our brilliant engineer and sonic overseer, we recorded live takes of four tunes throughout the afternoon and into the early evening, filling the countryside of Sparta, MI with soaring guitar sounds and pounding rhythms, sound blasting between the slats of the barn walls, permeating the fields and woods beyond.
Now, after patiently putting the finishing touches on what has become a contemplative, psychedelic, 29-minute folk-grunge journey through the collective mind of our band and the barn (and everything that the barn is - the sparrows, the wind making the aluminum doors shudder, the sunlight slipping in through the walls, the rain pattering on the roof and the ghostlike memories of the barn's former life as part of a working farm, long in the past), and after getting Ian Gorman on board as our mastering engineer, we are incredibly excited to share this new chapter of Big Dudee Roo with you all.
Heavy Dudee features three new original BDR songs, one guitar-driven, ambient weather report piece complete with live barn sounds recorded in May, 2014, and one cover of a song called Republic County by an incredible songwriter from Lawrence, Kansas, L.A. Fahy. All the music on the record was played and sung by the four of us.
We're also incredibly pumped to be releasing our first record as a member of Earthwork Music. We've long admired the work that members of the collective do and have been listening to their music and going to their shows for years, so this is a real honor for us.
We can't wait to share it with you. The album will be available for the special price of just $5 during our Michigan Release Tour, but only in person at the shows. Hope to see you out there in real life. The dates are below - onward.
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.