Australia’s Little River Band will release their first non-holiday studio album of original material in ten years, Cuts Like a Diamond, on August 24 via Frontiers Records.
Cuts Like A Diamond features a myriad of songs that can only be categorized as “classic Little River Band.” The first single, The Lost And The Lonely, released in July 2013, is a poignant ode to the sacrifice made by the military men and women of the world. Other highlights include the funky, free-wheelin’ groove of You Dream I’ll Drive, and Love Is, the album’s closer.
Lead vocalist Wayne Nelson said of the new disc “Frontiers approached us 2012 and wanted a CD of new material from Little River Band. They wanted a west coast 1980s sound, just like what the band used to do. At the same time, we also knew we had to embrace the new LRB and the more contemporary sound we had been moving into. In the end, I think we accomplished both. We are very excited. From start to finish, we know this is a quality project.”
The current Little River Band is Nelson, who has been with the group since 1980, Greg Hind (joined 2000), Chris Marion (2004), Richard Herring (2006) and Ryan Ricks (2012).
Out Here is described as “a big rock and roll hug,” a fitting comparison that seems to justly portray the band’s embrace of genres ranging everywhere from Americana, blues, funk, and alternative rock.
Out Here was produced in Seattle at London Bridge Studios by John Goodmanson (he worked with other big names such as Death Cab For Cutie, Brandi Carlile and Nada Surf.)
A decade ago, transplanted Australians Kym Warner (mandolin) and Carol Young (bass and vocals) found themselves in Austin, Texas, where they met English fiddler Eamon McLoughlin. The result of that meeting was the formation of one of the underappreciated gems of the American music scene. Their newest album, Sweetheart of the Sun. will be released next month.
The Greencards may not have been formed by Americans but they play a distinct brand of American music. They can best be described as a progressive bluegrass band. Their music may mix in some folk and rock but it is firmly rooted in American bluegrass traditions. The lyrics at times take it all in an Americana direction but it all works out to a blend that has been labeled newgrass.
Their latest album finds the band moving in some new directions. Their early releases had a jam-like feel. Now they’re more sophisticated as they have honed their sound so that it has a polish and even a sonic quality at times. The use of additional musicians gives the band a much fuller sound than in the past, yet one can still discern the acoustic guitar, mandolin, and bass foundation, which is probably how the music will be presented on stage.
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