“These women, it appears, are on their way to mastering the trade of timeless music.” – No Depression
NOVEMBER 28, 2006, Cambridge, MA – Rounder Records is pleased to announce the March 13th release of Waterloo, Tennessee, the sophomore album from stringband sensation Uncle Earl. Produced by John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Waterloo, Tennessee laces raucous fiddle tunes and jug band blues with ballads of loss and exile, affectionate love songs, and a profound longing that can only be echoed in the strains of fiddles, banjos, mandolins, and tender harmonies.
Waterloo, Tennessee follows up Uncle Earl’s 2005 debut album, She Waits for Night, which garnered the “all-g’Earl” band impressive reviews from a range of national publications such as Relix, No Depression, and Bluegrass Now, while also cracking the Top 20 on the Americana radio chart.
Showcasing their acclaimed brand of delicate intensity, Uncle Earl tackles an intriguing array of material on Waterloo, Tennessee, ranging from original compositions to vividly rendered traditional material to songs from the pens of Bob Dylan (the rarely-heard “Wallflower”) and King Wilkie’s Ted Pitney (the aching “Last Goodbye”). The band is joined by Erin Youngberg (bass), producer John Paul Jones (bass, mandola, wobbleboard, piano), Donna the Buffalo’s Tara Nevins (triangle on “Wallflower”), Gillian Welch (drums on “The Last Goodbye”), and Eric Thorin, who contributes bass to the first studio recording of longtime concert favorite “One True.”
Part of a new generation of bold young acoustic musicians, the four women who compose Uncle Earl are awakening the sleeping giant of old-time stringband music, holding it up as a mirror to our present era. Resolutely modern, yet preserving the luminous mystery of its ancient origins, Waterloo, Tennessee illuminates what is timeless in the everyday.
Uncle Earl is:
- Kristin Andreassen: Guitar, Harmonica, Clogging, Vocals
- Rayna Gellert: Fiddle, Vocals
- KC Groves: Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals
- Abigail Washburn: Banjo, Vocals