The Long Ryders
BEAR IN THE WOODS
Who knows where Alt. Country and indeed ‘Americana’ comes from; better scholars than me have debated this conundrum for years and will continue to do so wherever there is a Hip coffee bar or cool pub that sells ‘craft beers’ (what the Hell is ‘craft’ beer????}…..but for many of us there was a time just after Country Rock when the new young bands stopped wearing stone washed denim and growing facial hair (!) for me it was Green on Red and The Long Ryders that turned me on to a whole new world of music.
Fast forward something like 30 years and those crazy kids The Long Ryders are releasing a brand new single BEAR IN THE WOODS…..on the one hand a children’s tale for adults and if you have a vivid imagination an insight into the dark machinations of American Politics…..let you the people decide.
Whatever; it’s a cracking song and I for one can’t wait for the (alleged) follow up album later this year!
Here’s what The Long Ryders have to say about the song :-
“Whenever I hear this 1st new Long Ryders’ song in 30 years it only takes me about half a minute before I have to push back my chair, turn the volume up, and start dancing around the room like a happy fool. A killer Tom Stevens’ song, a strong ensemble performance, a real true thrill to be back in the saddle again, riding high with The Long Ryders, my musical home away from home.” ~ Sid Griffin
The new music comes just before the band’s first CA tour run in 30 years, playing club dates before their 2017 Stagecoach Festival appearance. Shows include The Chapel in San Francisco (4/26), Constellation Room in Santa Ana (4/28) and The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood (4/29).
Songwriter Tom Stevens offers the following about his new tune, “The message is complex. I wrote this song about a bear, a friendly one, approaching it like a children’s song. But what emerged under its surface was different. I likely had the state of politics on my mind. The bear in this song may not be the friendly, all knowing guru that he appears. But in real life, it’s up to us to seek our best hopes and not our worst fears in our gurus. Lately I feel that too many have done the latter”.
Lead guitarist and vocalist Stephen McCarthy explains how the new music came about, “The band played a number of shows in 2016 and we felt it would be worthwhile to try and write and record some new material. Greg flew out to Virginia and we recorded a few new songs at Adrian Olsen’s Montrose Studio. Sid and Tom sent new tunes over and we recorded remotely for the first time.”
Tom continues the story, “30 years on and the band still sounds wonderful, mature, familiar yet new, and all very much The Long Ryders. It’s brand new musical scenery in our long ryde, and we’re all enjoying the view”.
Drummer Greg Sowders agrees, “30 years goes by in the spin of a wig hat. We wanted to give our fans something new for our spring tour. It’s so great to be back in the studio with my favorite rock ‘n’ roll band. We hope you like this new music as much as we do”.