Since the release of their third album, The Passing Of The Night, The Lost Brothers have been busy both sides of the pond.
October 2012 saw them complete a very successful extensive US tour with Glen Hansard which ended with a show at the famed San Francisco Fillmore. They then set off on their own tour of the States before returning home for a further tour of Ireland.
In January this year the band played on RTE’s Saturday Night Show and in February hit the road again for a sold out tour in the UK, again with Glen Hansard, before embarking on their own sold out tour in the UK.
In March they made a pilgrimage to Woodstock, where they were special guests at The Midnight Ramble at the celebrated Levon Helm Studios. From there the band spent some time in New York’s Greenwich village for some shows, then Texas for a week’s worth of gigs at SXSW.
On the last night, they joined Steve Earle and the Midnight Ramble Band on the classic song ‘The Weight’ at the outdoor memorial gig for the late great Levon Helm in front of 20,000 people.
In April and May the Losties have been back and forth to the UK and Ireland for shows and are just off the road from a tour with Billy Bragg.
Apart from the odd show and a few festivals, this summer will find the Lost Brothers take a break from touring to write new material for the next album. They return to Nashville in September to play the Americana festival.
The Lost Brothers new EP, Bird In A Cage – which is available from Music Master in Omagh – consists of four songs. Bird In A Cage and Not Now Warden were recorded in Nashville by Brendan Benson and both tracks are taken from their third album, The Passing of the Night.
Inspired by one of Tom Waits’ favourite books entitled The Life and Legend of Leadbelly, the lead track, Bird In A Cage, is an all out bar room brawl ruckus with shoot-out driving piano played by Ben Folds’ pianist Andrew Higley.
The recording also features Gill Landry from Old Crow Medicine Show on double bass and Brad Pemberton of the Cardinals on drums.
Also on the EP are two previously unreleased recordings – an alternate version of Pale Moon produced in Portland Oregon by M Ward producer Adam Selzer, and a fourth track which shares the album title name, The Passing Of The Night. This song was recorded in the attic of producer Mike Coykendall in Portland Oregon.
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