Just like the crisp Canadian air pouring across the border and signaling the onset of fall, word has come down from Alberta that Corb Lund has a new album on the way, and this one will find the Cowboy and Western singer taking a different approach to recording compared to all of his previous projects.
Called El Viejo and to be released by New West records on February 23, 2024, it finds Corb Lund drawing on his influences such as Kris Kristofferson, Marty Robbins, and Jerry Reed, and recording the entire album in his living room in Lethbridge, Alberta with his legendary backing band The Hurtin’ Albertans.
“It’s a lot of minor keys and gambling songs, is what it is,” Lund says. “It was just a few of us in my house. No studio. No outside producer. No adults in the room. No stress.” He continues, “There’s not a single electric instrument on the whole thing, just acoustic sounds and singing. In terms of having a vision, this is a record I’ve had in my sights for a while and it came out exactly how I’d hoped. We cut all the songs live in the same room with lots of bleed. A bunch of the songs we captured in one take, first time through.”
Ahead of the album, Corb Lund has released a new song and video called “Old Familiar Drunken Feeling” (listen below). According to Corb, sometimes his songs are fictional, sometimes they’re based on actual events, but this one is 100% true and exactly how the situation went down. After visiting a dispensary in Colorado, Corb took some edibles and found himself in a compromised state. The only way he could come out of it to play the gig was to get drunk enough to feel “normal.”
The title track of the new album is a song performed in tribute to the legendary Canadian Western singer and songwriter Ian Tyson that like many Canadian country musicians, Corb Lund saw as a mentor. From the Canadian Rockies and a long line of farmers and ranchers, Corb Lund is about as authentic as they come, and is one of the most skilled and underrated songwriters in the business.
Right after the release of the new album, Corb Lund will be heading out on tour to help break fellow New West Records signees 49 Winchester into the Canadian market. They’ll be playing a tour together throughout March.
El Viejo is now available for pre-save/pre-order.
1. The Cardplayers
2. I Had It All
3. Was Fort Worth Worth It?
4. Out On a Win
5. Redneck Rehab
6. El Viejo (for Ian)
7. When the Game Gets Hot
8. Girl With the Stratocaster
9. It Takes Practice
11. Old Familiar Drunken Feeling