PREMIERE: Left Coast Country Release New Single “Trouble” + Q&A

Following our awesome premiere yesterday, we are teaming up with Portland, Oregon band Left Coast Country for the release of their new single “Trouble”.

About the single, Drew Tucker comments “‘Trouble’ is that moment you meet someone the night before you leave for a month. Traveling in a band occasionally leaves you in the situation where you have to squeeze so much joy into one night and then leave them in a place where they will want to see you when you get back. I hear songs of longing all the time about that girl who they had to leave but you don’t really hear songs about the bad ass night that led up to that separation. I wanted to write that song.”

Left Coast Country is a modern string band formed in 2010 from the exploding newgrass scene in Portland, OR.  They are hitting the road in support of their forthcoming full-length, Pines Fly By, which will be released digitally and physically nationally in retail stores on February 27, 2016.

Tour Dates:

1/29/16 – Conor Bryne – Seattle, WA

1/31/16 – Dante’s – Portland, OR

2/02/16 – Sockeye Brewing – Boise, ID

2/03/16 – Pengilly’s Saloon – Boise, ID

2/04/16 – Whiskey Jacques – Ketchum, ID

2/10/16 – Hodi’s Half Note – Fort Collins, CO

2/11/16 – Cervantes Other Side – Denver, CO

2/13/16 – Jamestown Mercantile – Jamestown, CO

2/17/16 – Torch Club – Sacramento, CA

2/19/16 – Plough & Stars – San Francisco, CA

2/23/16 – Johnny B’s – Medford, OR

2/24/16 – Sam Bond’s – Eugene, OR

2/25/16 – Axe & Fiddle – Cottage Grove, OR

2/26/16 – Bombs Away w/ McDougall – Corvallis, OR

2/27/16 – Astro Lounge – Bend, OR

3/04/16 – Mission Theater – Portland, OR

Their debut, Dark Down and Blue features the group’s high-energy, hard-driving originals and their contemporary take on the old bluegrass sound. Their second, self-produced and self-titled album propelled their versatile, dynamic sound onto the never-ending tour circuit of North America.

Dedication to their craft has made Left Coast Country one of the hardest working, up-and-coming acts in the Northwest.  The statement “for LCC pickin’ is not a hobby, not a job, but a way of life,” (B. Salmon – Bend Bulletin) could not be any more accurate.

Left Coast Country constantly strives to expand their music and blaze new territory across the country.  At home in Portland, find them at renowned venues such as the Aladdin Theater, Doug Fir Lounge, and Mississippi Studios.

In July 2014, Left Coast Country took home first place in the 13th Annual Northwest String Summit Band Competition, being the first-ever Portland bluegrass band to do so.

They are currently touring in support of their 2016 release, Pines Fly By.

Constantly evolving, their stage performance showcases the group’s synchronous harmonies, beautiful melodies, and intense intricate instrumentation. Left Coast Country’s live shows are the fusion of traditional and progressive; composed of fiery heartfelt foot stompers, rolling country ballads, and powerful instrumental soundscapes.

Since 2010, they have had the esteemed pleasure of playing alongside and sharing the stage with musical pioneers such as Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Head For The Hills, Danny Barnes, Hackensaw Boys, Pert’ Near Sandstone, Brothers Comatose, and Shook Twins, to name a few.


Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Awesome! We are super excited to be heading out on the road again. – Drew Tucker

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Trouble”?

For sure. Trouble is about that moment when you meet someone and you are about to leave town. You may be gone for a week or you may not know the next time you are going to be in that place at all. I had heard a bunch of songs about missing someone you just met or missing the moment because you had to go. I wanted to write to write a song about embracing that night you had together and having fun. -DT

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

There wasn’t one night in particular that inspired me but I have been through it before. -DT

The single comes off your new album Pines Fly By – what’s the story behind the title?

Pines Fly By is the name of a song on the record and it sort of paints a picture of life in a band on the road in the west. Touring takes us through the mountains a lot and many of your thoughts and experiences are set to the backdrop of trees rushing past your window. Out there you think all the time about your friends and loved ones who can’t be with you. Home is a running theme throughout the record. -DT

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded at a fantastic studio in Portland called Cloud City Sound. Our engineer was the incredible Justin Phelps. We recorded mostly live. Many of our favorite records were done that way and we felt it would give a great representation of our sound in that Moment. As for writing I tend to write at home after I have had some time to catch my breath. I will come up with a melody or a lyric and flesh it out and then bring it to the band to fine tune and polish it. The other guys have a pretty similar process. Sometimes I need a chorus or riff that isn’t coming to me and I will ask one of the boys and they will help me through it. We all work pretty well together. -DT

How has Portland and its new scene have influence your music?

The bluegrass scene has been here for a long time but in the past few years it has really become something all its own. I actually grew up in the Portland area and having been performing here since I was a teenager. So there is a Portland influence in all my music. -DT

What have you learned from your experiences sharing the stage with Vince Herman, Steep Canyon Rangers and the likes?

I have learned the same thing from all the bands we have shared a stage with: Be professional, love what you do and be really nice. Those seems to be common denominators with all of them. -DT

Any plans to hit the road?

Actually we are about to head out on a tour promoting our new album Pines Fly By tomorrow. We are heading all over the northwest and the Rocky Mountains. And of course we have more tours in the works for the summer and fall. -DT

What else is happening next in Left Coast Country’s world?

We are going back into the studio this summer to start working on our next record. I think we are going to try a honky tonk album. We all love country music as well as bluegrass so I think it is going to be really fun and great. -DT

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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