Lately, we've been enjoying occasional reminders of what warmth feels like, even if it also leads us to fear that the earth is warming too much. And then some time in March, we get clobbered with a heavy, wet snowstorm the likes of which would cause New Yorkers to name it. The snow's coming — always does.
But there's no denying that the feeling of spring is here, however temporarily. Crack out the sun clothes and play in some grass, why don'tcha?
Amid the rising symphony of the chaotic resurgence of life in the springtime, our local musicians are also busy like bunnies, multiplying their recorded album output across the board. Here are a few great new local albums to check out — either in progress, soon to be released or recently available. Space is tight, so here we go.
The Railsplitters is a Boulder acoustic band that pushes the bar higher for elite bluegrass and Americana around the region. They just wrapped a very successful crowdfunding campaign, and the estimated delivery of their new album to Kickstarter backers is set for June. Keep an eye out for what will surely be the next big step for this impressive group.
Great American Taxi should be known to nearly everyone interested in music here. The history of the band is rich, with its founder Vince Herman already known to many as the leader of Leftover Salmon. Vince left in 2013 to focus on Leftover, but the legendary rock/honky tonk/jam feel remains. GAT's new album "Dr. Feelgood's Traveling Medicine Show" dropped in early February and is a sonic gem that was produced by Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone — his second effort for the group.
The Gasoline Lollipops also released a new one recently and played a special Valentine's Day show at the Fox to celebrate. Resurrection began in concept as an EP and grew to a full release with the help of another successful crowdfunding campaign. It follows on the heels of EPs Dawn and Death. Despite the heady subject matter, this band is well known around these parts as a fun, hollerin' good time live.
Earlier this week, Boulder bluegrass stunners Masontown reached their crowdfunding goal for their upcoming EP. An update tells us that mixing for the album begins in a week, and backers will receive the record in May of this year. If you don't know about Masontown yet, check them out. They won last year's Rockygrass band competition for good reason.
Last one for today — more good releases to come — is local crooner and folk hero Gregory Alan Isakov. His cello player Philip Parker tells me that they're working on some exciting new music, stuff that the band finds very fun to play. In Gregory's style, there is no schedule or time constraint laid on the composition and completion of the album. He's a method and craft kind of guy, and takes his time with the creation of each song. "The Weatherman," released in 2013, was the last album featuring just the band. I am curious to hear what's been going on with those guys, musically. Stay tuned.
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