FALL AWAY BLUES (SEPTEMBER 2, 2016) Earthwork Music CD Baby iTunes
National release: September 2nd, 2016. ‘Fall Away Blues,’ the fourth full-length studio album from Red Tail Ring, is the culmination of years of writing, arranging, rewriting, and recording by Beauchamp and Premo. Tracked by Ian Gorman of Kalamazoo’s beloved La Luna Studio, the album features eight original songs, three traditional interpretations, and one blistering tune. Woven together by RTR’s signature instrumental variety (with guitar, fiddle, and both open-back and gourd banjos) and close harmony singing, the album spins tales of hard times, changing love, and the challenge of finding a place in the world. ‘Fall Away Blues,’ the title track, exemplifies the artistic thrust of the album by functioning both as a declarative command and as a hopeful prayer for better days ahead.
THE RIGHT HANDS ‘ROUND (AUGUST 11, 2014) Earthwork Music iTunes
Bowhunter is the name of the traditional American dance music collaboration between Laurel Premo, Michael Beauchamp, banjo player Sam Herman and fiddler Sam Cooper. This project’s debut album features traditional and original fiddle tunes that the quartet is known for at square dances as well as a few ballads with sweet harmony singing.
The full version of the album (available in physical disc & on digital download from Earthwork Music) includes jokes and other commentary between a few tunes. The iTunes digital version is stripped down – simply the tunes with nothing else. We invite you to choose your own adventure.
THE NEW ROOTS EXCHANGE, VOL. I (2014) Earthwork Music iTunes
This split 7″ vinyl project marks the first recorded collaboration between these two Michigan-based Americana bands – Red Tail Ring and Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys. On side A of “The New Roots Exchange, Vol. 1” the listener gets to sit in on what could be a jam session after hours at a festival. Two traditional numbers are performed live in studio by all of the members of both groups. Side B features a musical trade, with re-imaginings from both bands of one another’s songwriting.
Physical vinyl + digital download + barn session bonus tracks are all available exclusively on Earthwork Music. ITunes provides solely the digital version of the main four vinyl tracks.
THE HEART’S SWIFT FOOT (2013) Earthwork Music CD Baby iTunes
‘The Heart’s Swift Foot’ is full of new songs from the band’s last two years of creative work. Mournful heart ballads, upbeat bluegrass-influenced riffs, and fierce old-timey fiddle instrumentals tie this new project together in Red Tail Ring fashion.
DAYTROTTER SESSION (2013) Daytrotter
‘The Anguish Of Heart And Its Autumn Day’
Illustration by Johnnie Cluney Engineered by Mike Gentry
Four tracks (“Katy Came Breezing,” “Suffer Every Sound,” “Body Like a Bell,” and “Horse Race Rapids/Reuben”) recorded live October 2013 in the Daytrotter Studio in Rock Island, IL. Daytrotter has featured such artists as Wilco, Avett Brothers, and Bon Iver, in addition to some of our Michigan-based friends like Breathe Owl Breathe, Matt Jones, and Chris Bathgate.
I. MIDDLEWEST CHANT (2011) iTunes Earthwork Music CDBaby
In 2011, Red Tail Ring released two studio recordings featuring a unique two-way connection between old and new- I. Middlewest Chant showcases the duo’s original songs and II. Mountain Shout features the duo’s favorite traditional tunes. These projects blend the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the raw creativity of brand new sounds. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry. As Premo states, “The albums are companion pieces that stand alone but also complement one another. The crossover between old and new is constant in the music Michael and I write and play.”
II. MOUNTAIN SHOUT (2011) Earthwork Music CD Baby iTunes
The traditional complement to Middlewest Chant
Features 5 tunes from the original Red Tail Ring repertoire