Nashville bluesgrass specialists the Howlin' Brothers have already prepped a follow-up to last year's Howl and will release the set this spring. Titled Trouble, the trio's new album lands digitally and on CD April 29 through Readymade/Dine Alone. The vinyl will follow on May 27.
The 13-song record found the group once again working in the studio with Howl producer Brendan Benson, and a press release notes that this latest song cycle was inspired by the many characters and situations that the Howlin' Brothers encountered on the road while that last set.
"Trouble is an awesome recipe for tasty sounds," fiddle player/vocalist Ian Craft said in a statement. "Your ears will be happy to take the journey with us from [guitarist/vocalist] Jay [Green]'s songs of love and Cajun food, to [bassist] Ben [Plasse]'s travels to get a mojo hand and find the girl who has yet to present herself, to my tunes of love gone wrong and finally, a little moment in an old church on top of a smoky ole Tennessee mountain top."
While previews from the record have yet to arrive, producer Benson described the group's new rustic album is "woebegone, lovelorn and wrought with pain, but not without installments of lightheartedness and beauty."
He continued: "The Howlin' Brothers are somehow able to conjure images of a bygone era and make it believable. The listener gets a glimpse into the troubadour lifestyle, travelling (among other places) to Louisiana for a Cajun romp on the bayou and across the Arizona desert to California on a search for a misses. It's a journey very much worth the while."
You'll find the tracklisting to Trouble down below, and a North American tour schedule, including a March 30 appearance at Vancouver's Railway Club, over here.
1. Pour It Down
3. Night and Day
5. World Spinning Round
6. Troubled Waltz
7. Sing a Sad Song
8. Pack Up Joe
10. Hard Times
11. I Was Wrong
13. Yes I Am!