Chad Bault – Sept. 10th 4:15-4:55 – More Info
No Man’s Land is Chad Bault’s first solo release in half a decade and the singer/songwriter’s most fully realized vision to date. The EP is at moments Alt-Country barn burning and at others tender folk balladry. But it’s always sincere. It’s Americana. And it’s a true story.
After a break from writing and performing to travel and become a husband and father, Chad contacted producer Patrick Tetreault in the Fall of 2015 to ask if he would produce a few tracks for him. Through initial conversations and pre-production they realized they were both heading in similar directions musically. They found a shared comfort in the lexicon of American music. Music that can be traced through artists like Jimmie Rodgers and Ledbelly; on through Cash and Lucinda. Influenced by all kinds of music, but especially inspired by troubadours like Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Steve Earle, they set out to make a record.
No Man’s Land is not the bloodletting that some of his earlier work exemplifies; it’s more an exploration of storytelling. The autobiographical “Month of May” and the semi-autobiographical “No Man’s Land” were written in an empty apartment above the studio during the week of tracking. Here’s Chad with the rest:
“They just poured out in minutes. It’s a testament to the power of community to me. I hired Patrick’s band [The Pearls] to back me in the studio. In the process we became a kind of family. Sharing a bill with them feels like a post-service potluck at some country church. Something that feels more than familiar to me; a farm kid who walked down a dirt road to church Sunday mornings. Creatives need community, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to build. The “No Man’s Land EP” is just the beginning.”