Wednesday, January 18, 2023
– Progressive string band Mile Twelve released a new single, "Take Me As I Am," in advance of the group's upcoming release, "Close Enough to Hear," out Feb. 3.
"I always wondered whether Odysseus started to doubt his voyage at that point," said Evan Murphy, guitarist, singer, and songwriter, of the focal point of the new single. The point which he ponders is when Homer's leading man washes ashore, shipwrecked and nearly drowned, and falls in love with his savior, Naussica.
In what started as a strummed folk number with co-writer Danny Erker, Murphy began to imagine how "Take Me As I Am" would sound with what he describes as "double time banjo and a pulsing, anthemic string band groove."
His Mile Twelve bandmates - BB Bowness on banjo, Korey Brodsky on mandolin, Ella Jordan on fiddle, and Nate Sabat on upright bass – joined in the recoding.
The band also has released "Close Enough To Hear" and "Johnny Oklahoma" from the upcoming release.
The group contains two new members - fiddler and vocalist Ella Jordan and mandolinist Korey Brodsky.
"Recording this album, our third full length, wasn't easy," said Murphy. "The pandemic froze the music industry for two years. We had undergone personnel changes. People who followed us couldn't be blamed for wondering what, if anything, we might be up to. This was attempting a high jump from a total standstill, no running start."
Both of the bands' previous full-length albums, as well as their EP, were recorded in Nashville. But due to COVID and traveling issues, they chose Sam Kassirer's legendary Great North Sounds in the woods of Parsonsfield, Maine.
"I'm more proud of this album than anything else I've done to date," said Sabat. "Listening back, I feel an undeniable urgency in the music. A fresh sound rushing out, wanting to be heard. The songwriting, arrangements, execution and aesthetic are all bullseye, and I couldn't be more excited to share this music with our fans."
The track list is:
Close Enough To Hear
Red Grapes on the Vine
Light of Angels
Hopping Around Telluride
Take Me As I Am
Mile Twelve will hit the road as well. Tour dates are:
Jan. 20-22 - Anchorage, AK - Anchorage Folk Festival
March 2 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
March 3 - Burlington, VT - Radio Bean
March 4 - Northampton, MA - Back Porch Festival
March 23-24 - Live Oak, FL - Suwanee Spring Reunion
March 25 - Fort Myers, FL - Sydney & Berne Davis Arts Center
March 26 - Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic
March 29 - Nashville, TN - The Station Inn
March 30 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Outpost
March 31 - Berryville, VA - Barns of Rose Hill
April 1 - Easton, MD - The Avalon Theatre
April 14 - Fall River, MA - Narrows Center for the Arts
April 15 - New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
June 15-16 - Grass Valley, CA - CBA Father's Day Festival