The Nashville-based alternative southern rock band—THE VEGABONDS are ready to get back to what they know – releasing kick ass new music and touring around the country, having logged more 400,000 miles over their ten-year history. New single, “Can’t Deal,” is out today with plans for their new full-length studio album, Sinners and Saints, set for release on September 24, 2021 through Blue Élan Records.
While several of the songs were written pre-COVID, the tenor of Sinners and Saints is about not just survival but thriving in the midst of an unforeseen event. “Can’t Deal” is the perfect example, inspired by keyboardist Beau Cooper‘s fascination with Yacht Rock, with his whirring Wurlitzer carrying the song into Atlantic Rhythm Section “Spooky” territory.
Said Cooper, “The song is basically the nicest way to tell someone you care about to back off for a second. It falls under the ‘Sinners and Saints’ mindset. You can give bad news and tell the hard truth, but still be kind while you do it.”
Produced once more by Grammy-nominated Tom Tapley [Mastodon, Blackberry Smoke] – who did the honors on the last two Vegabonds releases – the determinedly upbeat Sinners and Saints expands the group’s southern rock pallet and jam band pedigree to explore funky, keyboard-driven blues-pop in first single, “Can’t Deal” before expanding even further with the intersection of country, soul and rock in “Heartache and a Memory” and even some Fleetwood Mac-style grooves in “Feels Right,” the latter a co-write from their close friend and songwriter and jack of all trades Ross “Brother” Beasley.
After logging more than 400,000 miles, visiting hundreds of cities, over 30 states, and 10 countries, the band is still friends first, and the music reflects the long-term relationship The Vegabonds have developed over a decade. Bassist Paul Bruens explains “The reason we’ve been around this long is because we stick it out. We’re both friends and family, and we all decided to continue making music. And if you can believe it, we actually still like each other!”
It was in May of last year that The Vegabonds recorded their last new music, a live EP, recorded during the first full-band live stream to take place during lockdown. After a two-month quarantine, this was the first time the quintet was able to play together, making it the longest span of time the band had gone in a decade, without playing a show or even being in the same room together. The result, The Vegabonds Live from West End Sound, was released this past March. Their last studio album, V, was released in early 2019 to much critical acclaim with Popmatters declaring, “…the album fires on all cylinders with a combustible combination of tub-thumpin’ alt-country, searing rock riffs and robust but heartfelt lyrics that will help ease the pain.” While The Deli Nashville said of the new music, “…Fans of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the Allman Brothers, or Springsteen will rave about V…”
The Alabama-born, Tennessee-bred Southern rock band, The Vegabonds got their start in Alabama, after meeting while attending Auburn University in 2009 and playing the college circuit across the Southeastern United States. Their popularity quickly burgeoned to the point where they found their fans singing along word-for-word to their first hits like “Georgia Fire” and “Shaky Hands.” From Ole Miss to South Carolina, students buzzed about The Vegabonds authentic sound and their seemingly effortless ability to bring the house down. Through word of mouth, the group’s fan base rapidly grew, and the guys learned they had something distinctive with their eclectic mix of Southern Rock, Country, and earnest songwriting. Their DIY efforts delivered three full-length albums and an EP before partnering with Blue Élan Records.
THE VEGABONDS are Daniel Allen (Lead vocals/songwriter), Richard Forehand (Lead guitars/vocals), Paul Bruen (bass), Beau Cooper (keyboards/vocals/songwriter) and Bryan Harris (drums)
The Vegabonds On Tour:
6/17/21 – Greenville, SC – Radio Room
6/18/21 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
6/19/21 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
6/24/21 – Nashville, TN – YeeHaw Brewery
6/25/21 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company
6/26/21 – Thomasville, GA – Ritz Amphitheater (Oakfest 2021)
6/27/21 – LaGrange, GA – Nutwood Winery
7/28/21 – Glen Allen, VA – Innsbrook Pavilion
7/29/21 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27
7/30/21 – Washington, DC – Pearl Street Warehouse
7/31/21 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall
8/5/21 – Chicago, IL – HVAC Pub
8/6/21 – Appleton, WI – Mile of Music
8/7/21 – Appleton, WI – Mile of Music
8/14/21 – Harlowton, MT – Harlo Music Project
9/2/21 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
9/3/21 – Isle of Palms, SC – The Windjammer
9/11/21 – Covington, VA – Adventure X Fest at Jackson River Sports Complex