Can you talk to us more about your upcoming single “Olde Cumberland”?
I (Ben Woodruff) wrote it 2 weeks after moving to Nashville. I was so inspired by the endless beauty surrounding this town. All the history, nature, the people. I moved here from Charleston, SC and thought I’ve seen natural beauty but Nashville holds its own that’s for sure. As much I was in love with this place, I was also disappointed in what built this town. The sound of country music has become so watered down and has no backbone anymore. I’m referring to this pop country sound. There are still great country musicians don’t get me wrong. I think Sturgill Simpson is a genius. But the pop country that is being fed to kids on the radio upsets me. These kids are being served Fruit Loops for breakfast when they could be eating steak and eggs. But in all that, Nashville is still beautiful and it makes you want to come back for more.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Nashville and Pop music on the radio
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, and actually our first Official Music Video on the making of “Olde Cumberland” was exclusively premiered on the Huffington Post on 8/19/16.
How was the recording and writing process?
We always have a blast in the studio, the creative process and back and forth, there were a lot of laughs. We recorded at CTM Records in Nashville. We recorded 2 tracks in the studio, since then I’ve writing nonstop we are chomping at the bit to get back into the studio.
What role does Nashville play on this album?
It has had a profound effect. The difference in our sound has almost been night and day between our current material and the tracks on Topics of Love.
Whereas, a lot of our tunes were more of a jammy party vibe on ToL; The songs I have been writing of late are more story driven. A lot of that can be directly attributed to what living in Nashville has been like. This town has its’ own tempo and a welcoming presence despite what one might hear about how tough it can be.
How’s your new album coming along?
We’ve been chiseling away at the new songs in preparation for going onto a full album. It’s definitely a growth process; one day we are rehearsing and suddenly the sound takes on a new dimension and direction. I always try to record ourselves live whether rehearsing or on stage because there is always a bit of improvisation that takes place and the results are most often really something special. The goal for the new album is that each song leaps out and grabs hold of the listener from start to finish. We are moving along at a steady clip, so yeah full throttle ahead as we launch into our upcoming Pledgemusic campaign.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We really hope to release it in early 2017 and the title is still to be determined…
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. We’ve been touring regionally in the midwest and play every month in our home state of South Carolina. We are eager to do a full swing through the south including NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS and LA and are eager to play at SXSW again in 2017.
What else is happening next in Morgan’s Road’s world?
We are thrilled to have gotten involved with a New Orleans based organization, The Brett Thomas Doussan Foundation that provides advocacy and support services to those dealing with mental health issues, depression as well as suicide prevention and outreach services. They started as a local non-profit and as people have learned about them, their outreach has grown immensely in their two short years. This month we are the Featured Artists of the Foundation and their Music for The Mind Program. People can support the foundation by donating directly and/or they can also purchase a Music For The Mind t-shirt on their site via Happy Soul Apparel. http://btdfoundation.org/morgans-road and http://btdfoundation.org/music-for-the-mind/
Music is something that makes the world a happier place and whatever we can do to reach out and connect with others and let them know they are not alone is what we are all about.