The Corduroy Road formed in 2006 by Kentucky friends Drew Carman and Dylan Solise. The band has a knack for blending bluegrass, Americana, folk rock, and old-time country into a totally unique stew. Today, the band calls the Classic City of Athens, Georgia home.
In fact, the album was actually recorded in Athens and produced by John Keane, the famed producer/engineer of such bands as R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Nanci Griffith and Cowboy Junkies to name a few.
One of the best tracks is the smooth and easy going “Run Away,” built around pedal steel, fiddle and banjo, great harmonies and a vibe that actually brought to mind early Marshall Tucker Band songs like “In My Own Way.”
“About a Shoe” shows off the guys Kentucky bluegrass roots, and “Just One Drop” is an uplifting tune with a melody you’ll find yourself whistling all day long.
“Just One Drop” is a bright and bouncy tune reminiscent of Sister Hazel, and “So Blue” will surely receive a trophy at the next Americana Music Awards. “I’m not much of a dancer, But I’d dance all night with you.” Catchy and memorable lyrics.
Carman and Solise are simply amazing songwriters and they can flat sing harmonies together. Two great feathers in their collective caps. There’s little doubt in my mind that The Corduroy Road are destined to be the “next big thing” out of Athens.
-Michael Buffalo Smith