The Waybacks return to studio
Monday, October 22, 2007
– The Waybacks spent 10 days earlier this month in the Compass Sound Studio in Nashville recording tracks for their upcoming yet-to-be titled spring 2008 release on Compass Records.
Produced by bassist Byron House (Sam Bush Band, Emmylou Harris, Nickel Creek), the album features all original material and much more electric guitar and vocals than typical from The Waybacks as well as guest vocals from both The Greencards and The Infamous Stringdusters.
"I think this past year we began playing more night time festival gigs, and that groove has definitely found its way into our playing," said guitarist/lead vocalist James Nash.
Fiddle player/vocalist Warren Hood said, "When you get on stage at 10 p.m. and the crowd's been dancing for hours, you've got to keep that energy going. Plus the outlaw vibe of the studio is definitely rubbing off on us."
The group's last album was "From the Pasture to the Future."
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The Waybacks underwent a major lineup shift since their label debut two years ago with the departure of fingerstyle guitarist Stevie Coyle and the addition of fiddler Warren Hood to the core of guitarist James Nash, bassist Joe Kyle and drummer Chuck Hamilton.
The new four-piece lineup signals three major changes. The first is that Nash, an acoustic whiz, is playing much more electric. The second is a much more streamlined muscular sound. There is still the usual wide range of stylistic ...
San Francisco's The Waybacks have been a too-well-kept secret for the better part of a decade. In the three years since their last album, "Way Live," The Waybacks have reshuffled their personnel and signed a new label deal.
This is the first studio record since 2002's "Burger After Church." While the long layoff and the jump to a much larger label might be causes for concern, fans will find comfort in some common threads between the news and earlier work.
Chief among these are the twin guitars ...