Satsang Delivers “A Love Song To Montana” On Album's Opening Track

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‘All. Right. Now,’ the new album from Montana-based quartet Satsang, is an ode to their homestate, so it may come as no surprise that the album’s breathtaking opening track was written on a rock in the middle of the Stillwater river, in Montana’s southwest region. “I had hiked up with my wife and baby to hopefully catch some fish while they played,” frontman Drew McManus told Under The Radar this week. “The wind was a bit much, so I sat on this rock and just watched my wife play with our youngest at the bottom of these giant mountains. Eleven years prior I had been at that same outlet when I decided to stay in Montana for good. The song was a love song to all the things that made me feel home. The river, the mountains, my wife and children, and even the time I spend away from it all on the road, knowing that whenever I leave I will always come back to those things."

Written and recorded during an extended hiatus from the road, ‘All. Right. Now.’ finds McManus reconnecting with his roots and exploring a whole new palette of sounds, drawing on classic country and modern Americana. The performances are broad and spacious, reflecting the wide-open fields and soaring mountains that surrounded the band while they were recording. The result is a lush, organic collection fueled by acoustic guitars, fiddle, and pedal steel; a warm, inviting record that hints at everything from Uncle Tupelo and The Jayhawks to Gregory Alan Isakov and The Head and the Heart. “From And I Go” follows the release of “I’m The One,” the album’s vibrant summer anthem, and “This Place,” featuring singer/songwriter Trevor Hall.

Satsang's soulful, reggae-infused folk-rock brought their previous work to #1 on the Billboard's Reggae Chart and saw them sell out concerts around the country, sharing stages with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead and Nahko and Medicine for the People as they worked their way up from bars and clubs to massive festivals. It was a stunning rise for McManus, who spent years distancing himself from a troubled upbringing marked by cycles of addiction, violence, and abuse. He came to music as part of his own recovery from addiction, when a month-long backpacking trip in the Himalayas inspired him to share his journey through song and poetry. He ultimately found peace amid family in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, an oasis that allows him a warm hearth to recharge from the rigors of the road. “Montana isn’t just where I live,” says McManus. “It’s my heart and soul.”

Inspired by the land and by his role as a father, ‘All. Right. Now.’ is a joyful, rustic collection all about letting go and living in the moment. McManus produced the album himself, and while the songs are certainly honest and deeply personal, they’re written in a spiritual language that taps into something far more universal; something inherent in the human condition that binds us as brothers and sisters on a shared journey to find our place in this world. Grounding himself in a dedicated mixed-martial-arts practice, McManus sees no inherent contradiction between fighting and music, which both require patience, endurance, and a willingness to immerse yourself completely into practice. As a father and a husband, McManus is more committed than ever to taking care of his mind, body, and soul and to making the most of his limited time.


“When you’re dealt a tough hand, you can either get bitter or you can get better,” says McManus. “You can blame your upbringing for everything and complain about what happened to you, or you can choose to believe that everything happened for you, to step into your power and become the person you want to be.” In Montana, that’s precisely what McManus has done, turning his dreams into reality in a place that, some days, feels more like Heaven than Earth. “My wife, my kids, Montana, they’re all one thing to me now,” says McManus. “They’re home.”

Satsang is hitting the road in June for a string of performances in support of ‘All. Right. Now.,’ including three performances at Red Rock Amphitheatre on June 5-6 opening for Michael Franti & Spearhead. For details and to purchase tickets, visit

Satsang - Tour Dates

JUN 4 - Gerald Ford Amphitheater – Vail, CO
JUN 5 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
JUN 6 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (2pm show)
JUN 6 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (8pm show)
JUN 9 - The Mishawaka - Bellvue, CO
JUN 10 - The Mishawaka - Bellvue, CO
JUN 11 - Red Lodge Ales - Red Lodge, MT
JUN 12 - Red Lodge Ales - Red Lodge, MT
JUL 24 - Daydream Farm - Wall Township, NJ
OCT 14 - Turf Club - St Paul, MN
OCT 15 - Knuckleheads Saloon - Kansas City, MO
OCT 16 - The Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon - Iowa City, IA
OCT 17 - Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN
OCT 20 - Asheville Music Hall - Asheville, NC
OCT 21 - The Basement - Nashville, TN
OCT 22 - Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH
OCT 23 - Martyrs' - Chicago, IL
OCT 24 - Bell's Eccentric Cafe - Kalamazoo, MI
OCT 27 - Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
OCT 28 - Wooly's - Des Moines, IA
OCT 29 - Reverb Lounge - Omaha, NE
NOV 11 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
NOV 12 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
NOV 14 - The Rock - San Luis Obispo, CA
NOV 16 - Mystic Theater - Petaluma, CA
NOV 17 - Felton Music Hall - Felton, CA
NOV 18 - Cornerstone - Berkeley, CA
NOV 20 - Star Theater Portland - Portland, OR
NOV 21 - High Dive - Seattle, WA
All. Right. Now. – out June 4th
1. From And I Go
2. All. Right. Now.
3. Answer Was Yes
4. This Place (ft. Trevor Hall)
5. I’m The One
6. Further This Goes
7. Malachi
8. Back Around (ft. G. Love)
9. I’ll Try
10. Love
11. To Last