The album received widespread acclaim, winning multiple awards, including the JUNO award for Roots Album of the Year, and propelled the band to more than 400 tour dates around the world. Rolling Stone praised the band’s “quiet storm of slide guitar solos, blue notes, and three-part harmonies.” After catching a live set, Bonnie Raitt declared, “I haven’t liked a band this much in a long time. To hear this kind of funky, southern style rock played with such originality and soul will knock you out.”
Then, taking a break from the band, Joey Landreth released and extensively toured behind Whiskey,his debut solo album of 2017. Joey’s booming solo career, and his growing reputation as a first-rate guitar slinger, songwriter, and performer in his own right, didn’t slow the brothers down. Even while working apart, they continued writing the songs that would eventually comprise the follow-up release to Let It Lie. Says Dave, “Being away from each other gave us some really valuable perspective. It let us realize just how important and deeply satisfying it is for us to make music together and that’s something that we won’t soon forget.”
While the journey may have involved some unexpected turns, it ultimately reaffirmed the brothers’ desire to make honest music together. Teaming up with drummer Ryan Voth, guitarist Ariel Posen, and longtime producer Murray Pulver, they went into the studio to fashion an album that’s an exciting evolution of their sound, honed by thousands of hours on stage, filtered through the lens of many years on the road. “We’ve got hundreds and hundreds of shows and thousands and thousands of miles under our belts. The new record has a confidence that we didn’t have ― that we couldn’t have had with the first.”
Slated for release on September 27, the follow-up album is called ’87, a nod to the year that Joey was born and the brotherhood began.