Green Corn Revival Releases New CD: Bound for Glory
Green Corn Revival, the 'dark horse' of Country music, released “Bound for Glory” on November 5, 2013. The 11 song album takes listeners on a captivating journey of perseverance, forgiveness and promise—in classic Cowpunk fashion. The band’s second full-length release is heavily inspired by images of Post-war Reconstruction and Westward Expansion.
In small Oklahoma farm towns, these Dust Bowl descendants were raised in church pews through oil booms and busts. The scope of never-ending red dirt roads has had a huge impact on the group’s desire to express their Okie roots with pride. With country and punk influences, Green Corn Revival provides both a musical tribute and counterpoint to western culture.
Jared Deck (songwriter, lead singer) and his wife, Jacy (keyboards, vocals), are the core of the band. Cora Gutel (vocals), Brandon Cink (lead guitar, bass on the album), Drew Simmons (drums), and a revolving cast of players collaborate to create a sound they call a subversively dark amalgam of cinematic retro-rock, gospel-like harmonies, pure punk beats, and heartland angst.
While the band’s last album, “Say You’re A Sinner,” was an upbeat, whimsical record, “Bound for Glory” is darker, harsher, and more diverse. The first single, Hard Timin’ Monopolizin’ Blues, is filled with masterful guitar twang, big beats and crisp vocals -- loosely inspired by Country music legend Merle Haggard. The song tells a story of one who can't be happy, no matter how good life may seem. The title track, Bound for Glory, summarizes the theme of the album and is reminiscent of Woody Guthrie's song by the same title. Other standout tracks include the shadowy rockabilly I’m Alive, red-dirt murder ballad Hoorah At The Hi De Ho, and the acoustic sunset ride of Endless Sky.
Green Corn Revival has been influenced by iconic artists like Roy Orbison, The Clash and The Beatles, which shows in this vocally driven and diverse collection of songwriting. They have played with national acts such as Heartless Bastards, Ha Ha Tonka, Hot Club of Cowtown, Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes, and with Wanda Jackson as her backing band. There’s no doubt that fans of current favorites Blitzen Trapper, Deer Tick, and Calexico will appreciate this album.
The debut video for Hard Timin’ Monopolizin' Blues depicts the plot of a clichéd 1980s teen movie, set in reverse. Instead of a teen boy fantasizing about an adult woman, it’s the story of a careless mother who has everything tangible one could ask for, but isn’t satisfied. She hides in an artificial, suburban lifestyle, but dreams of being the life of the party. She doesn’t realize it, but everyone can see right through her.
“Bound for Glory” was engineered by Chris Harris of Hook Echo Sound (Flaming Lips, Skating Polly, Chainsaw Kittens) and features Daniel Foulks (fiddle player for Samantha Crain) on violin, and Kevin Webb (former guitarist for Stoney LaRue and Burtschi Brothers) on pedal steel.
Set to perform in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri over the next several months, Green Corn Revival hopes that fans will hold on to the message that the dream of the American West is not merely a fairytale of the past and - through perseverance - nothing can stop you from attaining your Manifest Destiny.
For more information on the band, please visit: http://greencornrevival.com