Andy Falco, GRAMMY Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and one fifth of the Infamous Stringdusters, has announced "The Edge," the follow-up single to "Stones Unturned" of his forthcoming solo record, The Will of the Way, his first solo album since 2007. The album is due out on July 16 exclusively on Americana Vibes.
"The Edge is one of the few songs on my forthcoming album that was written prior to 2020," shares Falco. "The lyrics were co-written with Travis McKeveny, also from Long Island, who I’ve written with several times now including “2001: A Canyon Odyssey” off the Dusters’ album Laws Of Gravity. "The Edge" is one of the few that I’m playing everything on the track except the drums/percussion (Dave Butler) and the harmony vocals (Jon Preddice and Erica Leigh). It was recorded it as a demo but felt like the track had a certain magic to it, particularly in the end jam so I left most parts as they were, blemishes and all, including the end lead guitar which was done with just that one take. It’s a song about giving yourself to someone, and hoping they will accept you with all your faults so I thought the little 'flaws' here and there represent the sentiment of the song."
As previously shared, The Will of the Way, stems from a number of songs that [Falco] had for a while, but much of it was written during what he refers to as “the great pause” of 2020. “Being grounded from the road due to the pandemic, I’ve uncovered time to truly dive into songwriting in a way I never had before,” shared Falco. “It was a very emotional time (for me), and it led me to ask myself a lot of questions internally like ‘why am I writing this song,’ what am I really trying to say?’ I became only interested in recording songs that I felt a deep personal connection to, and the result was this album.
The Will of the Way features musicians from Long Island including his brother Patrick (on bass) and others from the local scene including Jon Preddice and Chris Marshak. The album also features a great Massachusetts-based singer, Erica Leigh, as well as Dave Butler (Guster), Damian Calcagne, Cody Kilby (The Travelin’ McCourys), Joe Russo on drums on a few songs, and Joss Stone on one.
The complete 11-song album track list is as follows:
Through the Floor
The Will of the Way
The Proof is in the Pudding
Wings Upon Our Feet
You are Everything
Robert’s Last Dance
Pre-order for limited edition vinyl, CD and merch is available at https://fanlink.to/AF_WOTW and a sneak peak of "The Edge" can be heard here:
Outside of upcoming Stringdusters touring, Andy will be taking the show on the road for select Northeast dates in support of The Will of the Way. These tour dates are all on sale now.
June 30 - 118 North - Wayne, PA
July 1 - Blue Point Brewery - Patchogue, NY
July 2 - Levon Helm Studios - Woodstock, NY
August 7 - Weekend At Bertha’s Festival Townsend, DE (with Tony Trischka)