Bluegrass band Floodwood will be debuting its new album over a two-day span, Friday and Saturday, at the Kirkland Art Center
Some events are just too big to be contained in a single night.
At least that’s the thinking behind the CD release party of progressive bluegrass sensations Floodwood with their new CD, “'Til I Die.”
The band will be debuting the album over a two-day span, Friday and Saturday, at the Kirkland Art Center, 9 ½ East Park Row in Clinton.
“We are doing two nights of the CD release to give everyone in the area a chance to come and see and buy a CD,” explains mandolin virtuoso Jason Barady. “The KAC is a small venue, only 120 tickets I believe, so I wanted to make sure that everyone had a chance.”
The occasion, of course, is the release of their brand new CD, “’Til I Die,” over a year in the making.
“We started this album a year ago in September and recorded all the rhythm tracks and then did not get back into the studio for 10 months and went back in and finished all the vocals and everything else after that,” recalls Barady. “We completed it in early October, it was mastered early November and we’ll be getting it in the mail this week.”
The self-produced 11-song CD – all but one tune is original – was recorded at RDR’s studios in Amsterdam, with Mark Cochi serving as the main engineer, ably assisted by .moe engineer Casey Lattier.
As befits a band known for their infectiously energetic live performances, the album was recorded as live as possible, isolating drums and bass in one room and three melodic instruments in the other to record the rhythm tracks live, with vocals and solos overdubbed later.
On Friday the doors will open at 6 p.m. and Nigel Felony (bassist Zach Fleitz’s solo project) will get things underway at 7 p.m.
Doors open for the Saturday show at 6 p.m., with an opening set by Old Main at 6:45 p.m.
Floodwood, consisting of Barady, Fleitz (Floodwood’s original bass player, filling in for the weekend for Tony Markellis), drummer Vinnie Amico, guitarist Chris Eves, and multi-instrumentalist Nick Piccininni, will perform two sets both nights from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
But don’t expect Saturday to simply be a repeat of Friday’s show.
“Both nights will not be exactly the same,” promises Barady. “We will play all the songs from the album both nights, but we will of course mix it up a little.”
With that in mind, fans will want to consider going both nights. General admission is $25 each night or $40 for both. KAC member price is $23/$36.
There will be refreshments supplied by Nola’s.
The CD will be available on cdbaby, iTunes and at all Floodwood shows.
Mark Sisti is an experienced performer who writes about local music for the Observer-Dispatch. Email him at email@example.com.