Published May 27, 2015Old Man Luedecke is apparently a bit of a homebody and has opted to focus his next album on his family life. The folk figure's upcoming sixth full-length record is the tellingly titled Domestic Eccentric, and it lands July 24 through True North Records.
The album follows last year's I Never Sang Before I Met You collaborative EP with Joel Plaskett, and a press release notes that this latest collection is another tag-team effort. This time around, Luedecke invited American bluegrass musician Tim O'Brien up to his cabin home in Chester, NS, for a week to make the LP. Luedecke said in a statement that working with O'Brien "was a waking dream."
As could be expected, Domestic Eccentric is centred on home life, with album themes said to touch on "what it's like to still be in love with the woman you started writing songs about and moved to the country with more than a decade ago, about what it's like to watch your own babies grow to children, and about the joys and sorrows attendant upon the milestones of parenthood."
First single "The Early Days" is a road-tested track that had transformed significantly before being recorded for Domestic Eccentric as a paean to being a parent.
"It started out as a song about gambling and became a song about something I know way more about, being a dad," Luedecke said. "I worked hard to get all the bittersweetness of the craziness and speed of these early days of being parents (and alive in general) in there."
You'll find the gently strummed folk song, whose lyrics about kids snacking on Goldfish Crackers at a Superstore may well nab the guy an endorsement deal with Pepperidge Farms, down below.
In addition to main collaborator O'Brien, Domestic Eccentric also features contributions from vocalist Jennah Barry, drummer Nick Halley and Samson Grisman, who recorded his bass parts in Nashville. John D. Southern Adams served as the producer for the project.
Along with the new album, Old Man Luedecke has a string on Canadian tour dates on the horizon. You'll find all those beneath the tracklist.
2. The Girl In The Pearl Earring
3. The Briar And The Rose
4. Brightest On The Heart
5. The Early Days
6. Wait A While
7. Low On The Hog
8. Real Wet Wood
9. Old High Way Of Love
10. Chester Boat Song
11. Now We Got A Kitchen
12. Hate What I Say
13. Year Of The Dragon
14. Happy Ever After
06/03 Stratford, ON - Pazzo Taverna
06/04 Peninsula, OH - G.A.R. Hall
06/05 Pittsburgh, PA - Frick Art & Historical Center
06/06 Hamilton, ON - The Casbah Lounge
06/07 Bayfield, ON - Ashwood Bourbon Bar
06/11 Montreal, QC - Divan Orange
06/25 Mount Stewart, PEI - Trailside Cafe
06/27 Moncton, NB - Magnetic Hill Folk Festival
06/28 Gagetown, NB - Feels Good Folly Fest
07/18-19 Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Folk Music Festival
08/01-03 Canmore, AB - Canmore Folk Music Festival
08/16 Sorrento, BC - Sorrento Centre
08/29 Powassan, ON - Windsong Music Festival
09/05 Ripton, VT - Ripton Community Coffee House
09/17 Fredericton, NB - Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival