For nearly three years, songwriter Jesse James DeConto and other band members have been leading barroom sing-alongs back home in North Carolina, gravitating toward the songs that have soundtracked social movements since the 1940s: Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” Traci Chapman’s “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution,” and countless songs by Dylan, Guthrie and Seeger.
Rather than chasing a particular sound, Jesse worked with producer David Wimbish (The Collection) and engineer Jeff Crawford (Skylar Gudasz) at Arbor Ridge Studios to serve the melodies and invite the listener to sing along.
The release of Tolerance Ends, Love Begins in 2017 brought the band from Durham to Chicago to Washington DC in 2017, with slots at the Festival for the Eno and Shakori Hills, a session at Daytrotter and critical acclaim from Paste, No Depression, Popdose and more.
The title of the new album is a lyric from the song “Thin Places,” conjuring the Celtic idea of an earth charged with spirit. These songs were shaped by wanderings from the South to the Midwest to northern New England, and the band will bring them back on the road in 2018, in search of more thin places.