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The Waybacks return to studio

Monday, October 22, 2007 – The Waybacks spent 10 days earlier this month in the Compass Sound Studio in Nashville recording tracks for their upcoming yet-to-be titled spring 2008 release on Compass Records.

Produced by bassist Byron House (Sam Bush Band, Emmylou Harris, Nickel Creek), the album features all original material and much more electric guitar and vocals than typical from The Waybacks as well as guest vocals from both The Greencards and The Infamous Stringdusters.

"I think this past year we began playing more night time festival gigs, and that groove has definitely found its way into our playing," said guitarist/lead vocalist James Nash.

Fiddle player/vocalist Warren Hood said, "When you get on stage at 10 p.m. and the crowd's been dancing for hours, you've got to keep that energy going. Plus the outlaw vibe of the studio is definitely rubbing off on us."

The group's last album was "From the Pasture to the Future."

CD reviews for The Waybacks

Loaded CD review - Loaded
The Waybacks underwent a major lineup shift since their label debut two years ago with the departure of fingerstyle guitarist Stevie Coyle and the addition of fiddler Warren Hood to the core of guitarist James Nash, bassist Joe Kyle and drummer Chuck Hamilton. The new four-piece lineup signals three major changes. The first is that Nash, an acoustic whiz, is playing much more electric. The second is a much more streamlined muscular sound. There is still the usual wide range of stylistic »»»
From the Pasture to the Future CD review - From the Pasture to the Future
San Francisco's The Waybacks have been a too-well-kept secret for the better part of a decade. In the three years since their last album, "Way Live," The Waybacks have reshuffled their personnel and signed a new label deal. This is the first studio record since 2002's "Burger After Church." While the long layoff and the jump to a much larger label might be causes for concern, fans will find comfort in some common threads between the news and earlier work. Chief among these are the twin guitars »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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