Unexpected? Definitely. Welcome? You bet.
Beartooth are releasing a country and folk EP, 'The Blackbird Session'.
It features reinterpreted versions of four songs from their album 'Disease', and will be out September 13 via Red Bull Records.
You can hear a first song from it, 'Clever', right now:
In comparison, this was the original:
The featured songs are 'Clever', 'Disease', 'You Never Know' and 'Afterall'.
The EP was recorded live in one day at Nashville's renowned Blackbird Studios. Frontman and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Shomo has explained more:
"When the idea came up to do acoustic sessions, immediately my mind went to family holidays - constantly surrounded by singing old hymns and harmonies on harmonies. The idea of taking Beartooth in a direction of my first musical moments in life felt right."
"The songs came out better than I could have ever imagined. A massive, MASSIVE part of that was Blackbird. The love I have for that place goes beyond any studio in existence. The rooms are the best in the world, the gear is the best in the world, the consoles... etc. All of this would be enough to make it feel like home, but the icing on the cake is the people who work there. Every time I walk in, it's nothing but good vibes and hard workers."
"We had the honour of the studio owner and mastermind John McBride (look him up — it's insane) requesting to engineer our session. This led to an environment that was amazing and free. No limits, no worries, just playing and singing. He handled the rest. Being able to mix tracks engineered by such a legend/tracked on his home turf was an honor."
"This is 100% live. No metronome, minimal rehearsal, just a bunch of musicians who love what they do getting in a room and going for it. If you want to see and hear Beartooth stripped down to one of its rawest and most emotional forms, please enjoy."
Check out the full, career-spanning interview with Caleb Shomo inside last month's issue of Rock Sound. Pick up your copy below: