TRURO, N.S. – A Nova Scotia country band is coming to Truro to release their latest album with a free outdoor concert.
Berwick country band Witchitaw has wrapped up their third full-length album, The Ride, and will be releasing it province-wide with a free live performance in Victoria Park on Sunday, June 10.
“Truro has been unbelievably good to us throughout our career, so it just seemed right to go there for our CD release,” said Jason Spinney, member of Witchitaw.
“We’ve played the Victoria Park concert series five or six years in a row now, but we usually tag it on to something else, swinging by to play it at the end of our tours. This year though, we are the first performance of the series.”
Like their previous two albums, The Ride was recorded in Nashville by longtime producer John Nicholson, and features a handful of new material that pays tribute to both their own style and the country styles of years before.
“I would say it’s by far our most diverse album yet, and we spent the better part of two years writing new material for it,” said Spinney.
“Our sound is really southern country rock, no question about that. We pay some tribute to the outlaw side of country, you know, like Waylon (Jennings) or Johnny Cash. On this album though, we have some music that sounds very new as well.”
Nashville has become something of a second home to the band, and while the quality of work and country music mastery the city is known for initially took them down south, it was something else that made them return each time.
“For me, I love the tradition of Nashville,” said Spinney.
“I love the tradition and history of country music there. We’ve also found a person we’ve gotten really comfortable with over the last three projects. When you get that collaboration, friendship and ease in the recording process, it’s hard to go anywhere else.”
The band has already released a single off the album called Posse, which has seen airplay with 28 radio stations across Canada including Sirius XM, and are planning to release another in the coming days.
While The Ride is already available on streaming platforms such as iTunes, Spotify and Google Music. The performance at Victoria Park will mark the official release of the album both physically and digitally, and will be the first big event of the band’s busy summer.
“We’ve got some big stuff happening this summer,” said Spinney.
“We’ll be touring around Atlantic Canada this summer and we’re returning to the Cavendish Beach Music Festival on P.E.I. this year for the fourth year straight. We are very excited about that.”