Try to stay calm out there all you true Cowboy & Western fans. But the rumors are true. Colter Wall has a new record on the way called Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs that will be arriving on August 28th via LaHonda Records and Thirty Tigers, and the first song “Western Swings & Waltzes” is available now (listen below).
Unafraid to apply his haunting, one-in-a-million voice to archaic composition without any modernization and bare accompaniment, Colter Wall is single-handedly revitalizing passages of the North American songbook most had completely forgotten about. This 24-year-old Saskatchewan, Canada native might as well be 200 years old when he opens his mouth, and the cowboy ghosts of the past come rearing to life right in front of you.
Though you can expect the same style of music on his third record that has made him an unlikely phenomenon in country and Western, Western Swings & Waltzes marks a slight change in approach. As opposed to working with producer Dave Cobb on the record, Colter Wall produced this all on his own at the Yellow Dog Studios in Wimberly, TX just outside of Austin, known as the primary sound laboratory of Adam Odor, who is the behind-the-scenes mastermind to the recent success of Mike and the Moonpies. Colter has also parted ways with Young Mary’s Records.
Colter is joined on the record by his touring band of Patrick Lyons on pedal steel, dobro, mandolin, Jake Groves on harmonica, Jason Simpson on bass, and Aaron Goodrich on the drum kit. Emily Gimble on piano and Doug Moreland on fiddle also join in on the sessions. Songs include Lewis Martin Pederson III’s “High & Mighty,” and a studio recording of “Big Iron” many fans have been impatiently waiting for.
Colter Wall is a man of few words, and simply has to say about the record, “These songs are punchier than I am.” By all accounts, his staunch adherence to the pure roots of cowboy music and Western sounds should doom him to irrelevance. But with a voice and delivery like his, he can enrapture most anyone.
Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs is now available for pre-order.
1. I Ride An Old Paint/Leavin’ Cheyenne
2. Big Iron
3. Henry and Sam
4. Diamond Joe
5. High and Mighty
6. Talkin’ Prairie Boy
8. Rocky Mountain Rangers
9. Houlihans at the Holiday Inn