Tuesday, March 1, 2016

CD Preview: Hard Working Americans’ Rest In Chaos

Hard Working Americans' Rest In Chaos
Everybody’s favorite Americana supergroup – Hard Working Americans – has announced the band’s upcoming second studio effort. Titled Rest In Chaos, the album will be released on May 13th, 2016 by Melvin Records and Thirty Tigers. The thirteen-track album offers a cover of Guy Clark’s “The High Price of Inspiration,” with Clark himself sitting in on guitar, along with a dozen original songs written by the band while touring, the material recorded live in six different studios.

Fronted by singer/songwriter Todd Snider, the Hard Working Americans includes guitarists Neal Casal (solo artist, Ryan Adams’ Cardinals) and Jesse Aycock, bassist Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), keyboardist Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi), and drummer Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic). This diverse group of musicians has managed to create an inspired mix of American roots music – rock, blues, country – that is delivered with energy, intelligence, and humor. Produced by Schools, Rest In Chaos is said to take the band’s sound into new and exciting new sonic directions.

The Hard Working Americans’ self-titled debut album was released in early 2014; a covers collection of blue collar blues, the album included songs by such talented scribes as Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack, Kevin Gordon, Hayes Carll, and Kevn Kinney (Drivin’ ‘n’ Cryin’), among others. The band followed up that initial release later that year with The First Waltz, a two-disc CD/DVD live set that included a new studio track recorded with Roseanne Cash. Rest In Chaos is the band’s first album to take full advantage of Snider’s immense songwriting skills. Living up to their name, the band will hit the road after the album’s release and although they haven’t released tour dates yet, we do have a track list for Rest In Chaos, provided below. 
Hard Working Americans’ Rest In Chaos track list:
1. Opening Statement
2. It Runs Together
3. Half Ass Moses
4. Dope Is Dope
5. Burn Out Shoes
6. Roman Candles
7. Ascending Into Madness
8. Throwing The Goats
9. Something Else
10. Massacre
11. The High Price of Inspiration [w/Guy Clark]
12. Acid
13. Purple Mountain Jamboree

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