With us all in stasis regarding the reinstatement of live shows, Howlin’ Rain’s second installment of their live album series couldn’t come at a more opportune time. Under The Wheels: Live From The Coasts, Vol. 2 is drawn again from recordings across the band’s 2018 and 2019 tours and it boasts another vital link to Howlin’ Rain’s ability to expand on their catalog once under the lights. Incidentally, the last show I saw before quarantine was Howlin’ Rain. It seemed worth the couple hour drive to head down to Brooklyn from Upstate NY for the night to see them pack out Union Pool and I was proven right time and again as the band tore into many of the songs that appear on this volume. Like its predecessor, this one’s on limited colorways and wrapped up in Arik Roper cover art. They’re leading with a scorched version of “Calling Lightning Pt 2” from 2008’s Magnificent Fiend that you can preview below. Live Rain, rainbow foil printing, crazy color vinyl, what’s not to love here? Official pre-orders start on Friday to coincide with this month’s Bandcamp ‘no fee’ day.
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