Award-winning trio Stillhouse Junkies are celebrating the release of their latest album, Small Towns, on Dark Shadow Recording. The 2021 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year and two-time Telluride Bluegrass band contest finalists are comprised of Alissa Wolf, Cody Tinnin, and Fred Kosak. Produced by label head Stephen Mougin, the 12-track album effortlessly blends their varied influences — from Folk to Bluegrass & Country.
In celebration of the release, the band will have a television appearance on WSMV’s Today In Nashville September 9th, and will host an album release party and show at the iconic Station Inn in Nashville tomorrow, September 10th.
Producer Stephen Mougin shared: “We began rehearsing and arranging this album via video conferencing starting in the first week of January. I was immediately struck by their work ethic, singular focus, and determination. When they walked into the studio they were the most prepared group I’ve ever worked with, resulting in a fun, easy recording process. We took time to experiment with a few things along the way and they STILL ended up finishing two days early. I can’t explain the joy we had making this record. There were tons of laughs, high-fives, and positive vibes which totally translate to the audio on the album."
With all three band members sharing lead vocal and songwriting duties, the Junkies conjure a wide range of tonal landscapes that pay tribute to the iconic sounds of Gillian Welch, the Allman Brothers, Tim O'Brien, the Wood Brothers, John Hiatt, and countless others while breaking new musical ground with their genre-bending original material.
All hailing from small towns, they have spent much of their lives collecting the very kind of stories, snapshots, and experiences that make for unique, poignant, emotionally charged songwriting. Now, guitarist Fred Kosak, fiddler Alissa Wolf, and bassist Cody Tinnin have distilled this wealth of material down into Small Towns, a conceptually unified collection of twelve songs brought to life with the help of intrepid producer and label owner Stephen Mougin. The album turns a mirror on the lives of its creators, showcasing their hometown of Durango, Colorado and offering vignettes drawn directly from the band’s busy national touring schedule that has seen them play in over forty states and three countries.
Small Towns is a song cycle that could only emerge from the hearts, minds, and fingers of a group like Stillhouse Junkies, with their deep musical chemistry and countless hours spent exploring the American landscape together. The album is the work of a band in full stride, and its 12 songs highlight the versatility, virtuosity, and grittiness that have come to define the Junkies’ sound.
The album is available HERE.
Small Towns track listing:
Moonrise Over Ridgway
Over The Pass
River Of The Lost Souls
Never Going Back Again
Half A Pound of Silver
El Camino (with guest Becky Buller on fiddle)
Five Doors Down in Leadville
On The House