This week on New Tracks On the Trail:
• Former Soldier Thread singer Patricia Lynn and longtime Austin studio junkie Dwight Baker have teamed up again for their third studio release.
The band’s called The Wind + The Wave, the album’s called Human Beings Let You Down, and the newest single will be featured on the Trail 103.3 as a lead-in to their performance next week at The Top Hat.
The new album marks the indie rock duo’s first release since they made a bit of a national splash with the 2016 single “Grand Canyon” off of Happiness Is Not A Place.
The vinyl version of the album is available for pre-order now via their website; no word yet on when a physical copy will hit the shelves.
• We haven’t heard much from Lord Huron since they played Big Sky Amphitheater the summer before last.
But the suspense is over, the LA-based indie-folk crew announcing last month that they’re third studio album is finished and ready for release.
Vide Noir, which was announced with the co-release of lead singles “Ancient Names (Part I)” and “Ancient Names (Part II)”, is the band’s first full-length since 2015’s Strange Tails debuted at the top of the folk albums chart.
But if you’re looking for folk, you might want to keep on. Rumor is this one, which was produced in-house by lead singer Ben Schneider and mixed with the help of Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips), is more psychedelic, with a dose of garage rock blended in for added flavor.
You can hear for yourself thanks to NPR’s “All Songs Considered”
• It’s been nearly two years since Philadelphia-based rockers Dr. Dog surprised fans with Abandoned Mansion.
Now, with their 10th studio release, the band is opting for a little more advance notice: The 10-track Critical Equation won’t hit the shelves until April 27.
But if you can’t wait, you’ll probably hear a few of the new cuts when the band hits the road for an extensive spring tour starting March 2 at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Phoenix.
• This isn’t the first time The Breeders have re-united, but it perhaps is the most significant.
That’s because this time the original line-up is not focused so much on capitalizing the nostalgia of the early ’90s hit Last Splash, but have actually been working in the studio on a set of entirely new album’s worth of music.
The new disc – formally the band’s fifth – is titled All Nerve. It features Courtney Barnett on backing vocals, a touch of Last Splash producer Steve Albini, and it’s due March 2.
The Breeders head out on an extensive North American tour beginning April 6, with a series of spring/summer Europe dates after that
• Finally, American singer Beth Hart and blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa have teamed up again for their third collaboration of cover songs.
Black Coffee, which dropped Jan. 26, is Hart and Bonamassa’s first since 2013’s Seesaw earned them Grammy Award and Blues Music Award nominations.
Among its 10 tracks are originals from Lucinda Williams, Edgar Winter, Etta James – and the title track, from Ike and Tina Turner.
There ya have it – another Tuesday, another batch of New Tracks on the Trail! Thanks, as always, to Missoula’s new music headquarters, Rockin’ Rudy’s, for sponsoring …