Wednesday, January 22, 2020
– Caleb Caudle wanted an earthy, funky sound for his new album. So he hauled over to Cash Cabin, which once upon a time was home for the Man in Black, Johnny Cash.
"It feels like you're in the shadow of giants," Caudle said. The result will be "Better Hurry Up" out April 3 via Soundly Music.
John Jackson of the Jayhawks produced, and guest vocalists include Courtney Marie Andrews, Elizabeth Cook, Gary Louris and John Paul White.
Cash built the cabin in 1979 as a private sanctuary near his home outside Nashville. It evolved into a recording studio more than a decade later. Since then the rustic structure has hosted sessions by everyone from Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris to Jamey Johnson and Todd Snider, as well as Cash's own work on his "American Recordings."
"None of us wore headphones," Caudle said of the recordings sessions. "It was just like we were doing it for the love of music. It didn't feel like we were making a record. It felt like I was playing with an incredible group of musicians and making art."
Guesting on the disc are Mickey Raphael on harmonica (Willie Nelson), Dennis Crouch on bass (Elton John, Leon Russell), Fred Eltringham on drums (Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow), Russ Pahl on pedal steel (Kacey Musgraves, Dan Auerbach), Laur Joamets on guitar (Sturgill Simpson, Drivin' N Cryin'), and, on keyboards, Pat Sansone (Wilco) and Rhett Huffman (American Aquarium). Guest vocalists include Cook, White, Andrews and one of Jackson's fellow Jayhawks, Gary Louris. Caudle wrote all 11 songs with the exception of "Regular Riot," a co-write with Natalie Hemby of The Highwomen.
"I thought the bass lines were really important," Caudle says. "I wanted them to push the songs along, move them in a different way. Dennis had played with Leon and Elton, and I knew that he knew what I was talking about."
Tour dates are
Feb. 7 Springfield, IL - Boondocks^
Feb. 8 Indianapolis, IN - HiFi^
Feb. 9 Huntington, WV - The V Club^
Feb. 11 Pittsburg PA - Thunderbird Cafe^
Feb. 21 Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley^
Feb. 23 Pittsburg, KS - Lakewood
March 12 Little Rock, AR - Whitewater Tavern*
March 13 Oklahoma City, OK - The Blue Door*
March 14 Tulsa, OK - Woody Guthrie Center*
March 16 Ft. Worth, TX - Magnolia Motor Lounge*
March 17-18 - Austin, TX - SXSW
March 20 Galveston, TX - Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe*
March 21 New Orleans, LA - Carnaval Lounge*
March 22 Ocean Springs, MS - Greenhouse on Porter*
March 24 Mobile, AL - Callaghan's*
March 25 Tampa, FL - The Attic*
March 26 Macon, GA - Creek Stage at The Rookery*
March 27 Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse*
March 28 Columbia, SC - Curiosity Coffee*
March 29 Waverly, AL - Standard Deluxe*
April 2 Nashville, TN - The 5 Spot*
April 3 Danbury, NC - Arts Place of Stokes*
April 4 Atlanta, GA - Eddie's Attic*
April 5 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Back Room*
April 8 Asheville, NC - ISIS Music Hall*
April 9 Richmond, VA - Richmond Music Hall*
April 10 Washington D.C. - Hill Country Live*
April 11 Baltimore, MD - Club 603*
April 15 Cambridge, MA - Atwood's Tavern*
April 16 Providence, RI - Askew*
April 17 Hiram, ME - Friendly River*
April 18 Basking Ridge, NJ - The Ross Farm*
April 19 New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall*
April 21 Woodstock, NY - Hangin' & Sangin'*
April 22 Buffalo, NY - Sportsmens Tavern*
April 23 Oberlin, OH - Riverdogs*
^ supporting Jason Boland & The Stragglers
* with Wild Ponies