HEARTS ON FIRE AVAILABLE TODAY!

Hearts on Fire is now available to download or purchase! Tears were shed and relationships were stretched during the year of writing and recording it took to make Hearts on Fire, but if we’re honest we’ve been working on it for our entire life. Being in a band and writing songs isn’t just about trial and error with chords and melodies. It’s a place of exploration, for pouring your heart and soul into your work, into your bandmates, and into the honest places that hurt, tear, and break you. In the end, it’s the hard work in those honest places that refines us all and produces the most beautiful results.

Much Love,

James, Justin, Aaron, Kevin, Cozmo, and Michael

New Album HEARTS ON FIRE Available Now! Click Here To Download

Paste Magazine Premieres Lyric Video for Where We Stand

We’ve got another new song for you! “Where We Stand” is the opening track off of Hearts On Fire, due March 11th.

Big thanks to Paste Magazine for the premiere, and to Loch & Key Productions (www.lochandkeyproductions.com) for creating the lyric video!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WHERE WE STAND LYRIC VIDEO

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY: Someone To Love

This isn’t a love song, but it is a song about hope.

If you’re like me, then you probably make a ton of mistakes. You do things that you wish you didn’t do, and in your lowest moments you promise yourself that you won’t do them again. The bad news about these demons and these vices is that they never stop. Most of us won’t admit to our struggles and so instead we just keep ourselves really, really busy and we avoid any conversation that has actual substance or value to it. We fill up our brains with social media, alcohol, gossip, sarcasm, competition. We’re weak. I’m weak.

Somehow amidst all of this obvious weakness, we believe that we have the strength and mental stamina to mute the noises and voices that run around in our head. We don’t. These noises can’t be stopped on our own. The only hope we have is when we share these struggles with other people.

This song is me admitting to you that I can’t do it by myself any longer. It’s the drum that I’ll beat until the day I die.

James

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY: Lovin

Sometimes you think that a song is finished, but in reality it’s still a long way’s off. Such is the case of Lovin…. which might be more appropriately named “Lovin 3.0”.

This song started as an acoustic riff that Jenkins had been playing for a while and we thought that it was going to have that “Beast of Burden” / Rolling Stones vibe to it. Originally the chorus to this song was the sexually charged:

“Your sweetness really turns me on,
making me the weakest man you’ve ever known”

and the outro to the song was the repeating phrase:

“I’ll make a living out of lovin you.”

We started working up some demos and we realized that this song had a lot of potential but that honestly it wasn’t really hitting any of us as hard as we had hoped.

A few months later a friend of ours suggested that we move the “Your sweetness really turns me on…” chorus part to the front as the intro and to move the “I’ll make a living out of lovin you” part from the Outro to the chorus… so we did.

Confused yet? So were we… the song just wasn’t done.

Well, the good news is that sometime last summer we were throwing some wiffle balls around the backyard when Jenkins said to me, “What if something bad happens in the story at the end of this song? Or there’s some kind of confrontation between the couple that is having this sweet romance story?”

Thus…. the turning point. We dropped our wiffle ball and plastic yellow bat and ran back inside to chase down the inspiration. Luckily, we found it… I ran into the vocal booth and we recorded the melody and most of the words that filled out the outro to Lovin. It was an absolutely fantastic afternoon.

Truthfully, completing a song is really all about capturing a moment. It’s about cutting to the bone of a situation that you’re in, and letting the honesty bleed out. If I knew how to do it on cue at any time then I would, but I think the only answer for a songwriter is to be ever open to the creative muse and the opportunity of a song.

James

KICKSTARTER UPDATE: Help us record this song!

Thank you SO MUCH for helping us with this KickStarter campaign! Because of you we have already raised 66% of our KickStarter goal! If you haven’t yet decided to give to the campaign, or if you would like to upgrade your KickStarter package then we would genuinely appreciate it. Our DESIRE is to share this new music with the entire world and we need your help to make it happen. Please, please, please spread the word!

This is a new song we’ve been working on called “Ever Start to Wonder.” It’s an acoustic arrangement, but the recorded version would be full band. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Justin, Aaron, James, Michael, Cozmo, and Kevin
http://www.helptheguvs.com

Free Christmas Download!

The holiday season is all about giving, so we’d like to give you a free download to get you into the Christmas spirit! Above is a link to our cover of The Band’s 1977 song “Christmas Must Be Tonight”; click the download button on the bottom to download the MP3. We’ll always associate this time of year with our time spent at Levon Helm’s home in December 2009. It was such an honor to work with a musical hero of ours, and we’ll never forget Levon’s generosity and encouragement. In honor of the late Mr. Helm, we recorded this song last winter with our good friend Josh Oliver on the harmony vocals. Hope you enjoy!

-TDG

August Update

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August has been really busy and amazing so far, with shows all over the place; West Virginia, North Carolina, South Dakota, Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois. We started this month in Charleston, West Virginia. This concert was part of a cool nationwide Bud Light event called 50/50/1. It involved fifty shows in fifty states all on August 1st. The lineup all over the country was very eclectic, featuring artists such as Ludacris, The Flaming Lips, Dierks Bentley, and many more. We were very honored to be asked to play the West Virginia show along with Needtobreathe. We really enjoyed getting to know those guys and had a great time playing together. Hope to play some more shows with them down the road!

The next day we returned to Elkin, NC to kick off this year’s Reevestock Festival. We played the festival last year and had so much that we couldn’t wait to return this year. We really appreciated all of the fans that traveled from all over North Carolina to see the kickoff show. We had an incredible time playing for you all!

As soon as this show was over, we set off on a journey. You see, we had 36 hours to be in Sturgis, SD, which was 25 hours away. It wasn’t really convenient but we were determined to make it work. We plowed through NC , VA, back to WV, through KY, then to IN, a little IL, across MO, up through IA and NE, and arrived right on time in Sturgis. We were particularly excited about this show because we were opening for The Black Crowes. The Crowes are one of the best rock bands out there and it was a huge honor to be asked to play a show with them. It was really great to get to chat with a few of those guys before our show, and the Sturgis crowd was really fun to play for. An added bonus was getting to hang out on the stage for the Crowes show. Big thanks to those guys for having us out!

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We had two days before we had to be down in Arkansas, so we decided to see the sights of beautiful South Dakota. First up we traveled down to Keystone to hit up Mount Rushmore. Incredible to see this in person!
After Rushmore, we went over to Badlands National Park. One of the prettiest places we have ever visited for sure. Pictures won’t do this justice, but here’s a few anyway:

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On our way down to Arkansas, we decided to hit a baseball game in Kansas City. The Twins were in town to play the Royals, so we spent our evening eating peanuts and cracker jacks at Kauffman Stadium. Great stadium and a great night for some August baseball!

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Next up was a series of shows with Corey Smith. We started with two shows in Arkansas, one in Jonesboro and another in Ft. Smith. We really appreciate the great response from the Arkansas crowd. We even had another engagement happen during our show in Ft. Smith. It’s always an honor to be included on moments like that. Congrats to Brooks and Cassi! We finished the run with shows in Kansas City & Chicago. Two great nights in two great cities!

We’re back on the road August 18th in Nashville. If you’re in the area, we’d love to see you at 3rd and Lindsley! Thanks for all of your continued support!

– TDG