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#1242 The Corduroy Road

The Corduroy Road‘s fans sounded alarm bells when the band left their life on the road for a long hiatus, but after nearly an eight-month break, the core of the band emerged with some new players in the lineup, refreshed and ready for the next phase of the band. The Corduroy Road musically balances between Americana and bluegrass in the dance-able area we refer to as “upbeat string band.” Their songs make you move, and you might even miss the weight of some of their lyrics, such as a hunter stumbling upon a meth lab in the woods where the meth-farmer and sheriff are in cahoots. Southern Gothic lyrics to outsiders, perhaps, but just another day in the country to some of us enmeshed in baffling small-town alliances.

With a loyal regional following, The Corduroy Road regularly pack small clubs and local music festivals. Even when in a lineup with bands like The Steel Wheels, Hoots & Hellmouth, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, or Joy Kills Sorrow, they are one of the bands people remember and love, and return to see again. Drew Carman and his band are on the edge of stepping up to larger festivals and supporting national touring acts. The Corduroy Road brings their own crowd, but they also keep the audiences who have not yet heard of them engaged and ultimately, win them over with their set.

Two Step Silhouette, their latest record, reflects the band’s recent circumstances of doing it all themselves. The Corduroy Road was one of those rare bands whose first album was picked up before it was released and re-recorded with a legendary producer (John Keane), and having to revert to a full DIY model was overwhelming for the guys at first. Thus yielded their productive and creatively essential hiatus, from which they have emerged. They are still one of those bands whose energy is best transmitted live, and who is best appreciated from the dance floor or a lawn chair at a festival, but only because you are too tired from dancing to their first set!

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