Teddy and the Rough Riders – “Livin’ In The Woods”


It always seems that Teddy and the Rough Riders records slip out a bit slyly, the kind of band and the kinds of record that need to be dug out from the dust. While I just barely caught wind of this one, there’s a bit more clatter around the new album than the last. Their latest sees the band enter the studio with Margo Price in the producer’s chair, a pairing of Nashville’s best that I can certainly get behind. The band has been carving out some of the best new country in some time and its good to see their peers lifting them up. The first single leaves behind a bit of the barroom rollick and Cosmic Americana swing for a more tempered sway. Over a slight rustle of piano and massaged guitar, the song dips into pastoral ease. There’s a slight weariness and a rumpled resolve to the song, but they pair that slumped sigh with an uplifting soul glow of backup vocals and tarnished brass here. The production elevates the cut into the kind of song that takes roots in the brain and blossoms after each listen. The eponymous new record is out July 1st from Appalachia Record Co.

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