“These sessions were the first time we’ve experienced a real comfort zone for tracking without the pressure of the clock weighing in on us or the distance from home in the back of our minds,” said Marty Bohannon. “The results have been phenomenal. Mike and Alex are open to new ideas and their equipment list and capabilities are as good as you can get anywhere in the southeast. They’ve just blown us away.”
Bouncing between recording sessions and touring over the past six months, the band continued to blow away audiences this past spring with a second tour – this time of the southwest - that began with a reunion of sorts in New Orleans.
“We were lucky enough to do a gig at the Circle Bar in the French Quarter with James Legg, one of our favorite Chattanooga recording artists,” said drummer Nick Sterchi. “It’s always awesome to jam with musician friends on the road when we can.”
The band travelled on doing shows in New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Texas, where they headed straight to Austin for a few very important club appearances during one of the country’s longest running and most influential music, film and interactive showcases – SXSW. South-By-Southwest is the annual epicenter for bands looking to expose their music to hundreds of music industry professionals as well as other influential people all at the same time.
“Sissy Spacek was at our first showcase so I was stoked,” said Marty Bohannon. “And if ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ looking on and the pressure of the showcase wasn’t enough, Matt’s amp caught fire but hey, we battled through and did some great shows.”
After returning home and laying down the remaining tracks for this year’s two releases “Unaka Rising” and “Buzz Me,” The Bohannons are once again ready to hit the road next week with a northeastern tour that kicks off here in Chattanooga with a bon voyage show at JJ’s Bohemia this Friday, June 22nd.
“We’re playing Louisville, Columbus Ohio, Buffalo, New York City for two dates and then back down through Richmond Virginia,” said Josh Beaver. “But it’ll be good to play here at home before hitting some cities we haven’t been to in a while.”
Meanwhile back here at home, you’ll be able to download “Unaka Rising” on thisisamericanmusic.com starting July 10th or pick up a CD this Friday, June 22nd at the JJ’s Bohemia show. And, be sure and watch for The Bohannons second release, “Buzz Me” later this year. It’s all coming your way from probably the hardest working band in town