Rising bluegrass band Lindley Creek is quickly making a name for themselves. They are gearing up for the release of their debut album on August 7. The full length project is titled Freedom, Love, And The Open Road, and will be released via Pinecastle Records.
The collection was produced by Jim VanCleve, a musician in the genre who is very well-known. During the recording process, he worked with the group to help define their sound. The result is a collection of 11 new recordings which showcases the very best of the Missouri band. The lead single “I Gotta Go” didn’t take any time to start turning heads, with the song quickly getting added into rotation by radio. The second single, “The Mockingbird’s Voice,” is equally as stunning by showcasing a softer side of the band. The full album highlights an array of emotions, tackling a combination of different emotions ranging from serious to light-hearted.
We caught up with the band to chat about the brand new album, which is available this Friday (August 7). The group is also premiering a new video showing what went on behind-the-scenes during the entire recording process.
How have your Missouri roots inspired your sound?
There is a rich history of bluegrass and acoustic music where we live. A big part of the culture is playing music with friends and family. Coming from a rural, farming environment, where people are very self sufficient, but are quick to lend a hand is central to the music we make.
Why did you decide to call your album Freedom, Love, And The Open Road?
Our first single “I Gotta Go”, begins “How does it feel to have never known freedom, love, or the open road?” It’s the central theme of the album because it’s been our life! We took off and went full-time with the band over 10 years ago. If we wouldn’t have taken that chance, we wouldn’t be here now. The theme of leaving and then returning home is one so many people identify with, including us!
Which song(s) are you most excited for people to hear?
“The Mockingbird’s Voice” is an amazing song. When we shot the video for it, it just really hit us how betrayal can wreck someone. Due to personal experience, it was satisfying to bring the song to life visually. Spoiler alert…Katie throws some things in the actual Lindley Creek. (no fish were harmed in the making of this video 😉)
“Right Back Where I Started” is an upbeat song about coming full circle in life. It’s hard to appreciate home until you leave. This song captures the feeling we have all had from touring full time and living in a tour bus to the return to home and where everything began for us as a band.
“Home To You” is such a universally strong message of home being the people you love, not a geographic location. We can’t wait to produce a video that shows our vision for this song. It’s like comfort food in the form of a song.
How did this record come about?
We had come to a point with our band where we were playing the music we thought people wanted to hear, not the music we wanted to play. When you are doing this for a living, it’s easy to perform the music that will get you more gigs and rebooked at your current ones. When we started working with our producer, he gave us the freedom to really explore what kind of music we wanted to make. It was a long process, but we are so thankful we were given that opportunity to record music that speaks to us and we think will speak to others.
What does the future hold for Lindley Creek?
We are in pre-production for our next album right as our first album is getting released. It is our goal to stay true to who we are as artists and human beings. We want to continue to make real music that will connect us with “regular people” through the common chord of humanity. We have dreams and goals but ultimately rely on our faith in God to provide the outcome of our hard work and creativity.
Fans can download and stream the first two singles from Lindley Creek HERE. Check out the full album Freedom, Love, And The Open Road on Friday!