Ahead of their new album due out January 31, Colorado Bluegrass/Newgrass/Grassicana quintet WOOD BELLY has released their latest single "Gone Are The Days." Now available on all digital platforms, the song first debuted on Billboard's site. Songwriter and main vocalist for the track, mandolin player Chris Weist, also spoke with the outlet and discussed the forthcoming sophomore album, Man On The Radio; read here. "Gone Are The Days" features special guest fiddler Jeremy Garrett of The Infamous Stringdusters.
Listen to "Gone Are The Days" now: https://woodbellymusic.com/new-release
"It's a song about reminiscence," shares Weist. "It's about channeling a younger version of yourself and how those memories can be simultaneously instructing and crippling. When we were young it was much easier to live in the 'here and now' without a concern about anything but the present moment. Conversely, those memories can create a prison from which you view the world. The song touches on the balancing act between learning from your unadulterated younger self and being trapped in the past."
The new single follows "Can't Get Behind," the first song off the 13-track collection which dropped November 8.
To celebrate the release of Man On The Radio, WOOD BELLY is throwing a special hometown album release party and show on January 31 at the Oriental Theater in Denver, CO. Tickets are on sale now via the venue's website here.
2018 was a landmark year for Wood Belly--Chris Weist (mandolin), Craig Patterson (guitar), Chris Zink (dobro), Aaron McCloskey (banjo) and Taylor Shuck (bass). Following the release of their debut album Solid Ground, the band won the prestigious 2018 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition (earning them a main stage performance slot at the festival the following year), as well as an IBMA Momentum Band of the Year nomination; all served to open doors and create new opportunities for Wood Belly.
The group has shared bills with Del McCoury Band, The Steeldrivers, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Jeff Austin Band, Front Country, Wood & Wire, Trout Steak Revival, Steel Wheels, and many more, and has played an ever-expanding list of notable venues including Mishawaka Amphitheatre (Bellvue, CO), Fox Theater (Boulder), Boulder Theater, Wildflower Pavilion (Planet Bluegrass), and Cervantes' (Denver). Their festival resume includes the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Winter WonderGrass, Northwest String Summit, Palisade Bluegrass and Roots, the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, the Ogden Bluegrass Festival, Rhythms on the Rio, the Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival, the Wyoming State Bluegrass and BBQ festival, Snowygrass, Grapes and Grass, Rapidgrass, and more.
Track Listing for Man On The Radio:
Man On The Radio
Can't Get Behind
Gone Are The Days
Where I Belong
Professor Willy's Tonic
A Long Time Coming
Walking Up In Heaven