Preview: Corb Lund at 12th & Porter on 4/14/16

Canadian award-winning veteran country and folk artist Corb Lund is on tour supporting his latest album, Things That Can’t Be Undone, which came out last October via New West Records, and was produced by the legendary and beloved Nashville-based Dave Cobb.  “He’s very hands-on.  He’s fearless,” says Lund of the man with the musical Midas touch.   “He requested that the band not know the songs coming into the studio in order to make things spontaneous.  Dave has a very old-fashioned way of recording—everyone’s in the same room, there’s no audio trickery. He even played guitar with us on some of the songs.  It worked so well! Even though it’s like working without a net, it was great.”

Lund’s goal with every album is to push the limits of what he can do musically, and he feels like he was able to do with Cobb on board.  “At this point in my career, I’m ravenously looking for new sounds and new ideas, I want to push myself and do more, and Dave was the perfect producer to help accomplish that,” he explains.

The album holds many gems, like “Washed-Up Rock Star Factory Blues”, the hilarious answer to Johnny Paycheck’s “Take This Job And Shove It”, co-written with Evan Felker of Turnpike Troubadours. “We thought it would be fun to do,” he recalls.  “When we sit down to write, we never really have a master plan, we just play and have a good time.”

Lund also carries on his tradition of including a military-themed track on his albums with “Sadr City”, about the Iraqi city often under siege. “I am fascinated by military history, foreign policy, and current events,” says Lund.  “I think it comes from listening to and begin obsessed with singer Johnny Horton when I was kid.  He did all of those old military songs, and he was a great storytelling.  I love songs that tell a good story.”

Before Lund and company embark on the European leg of the tour, they will appear at 12th & Porter in Nashville on Thursday, April 14th. “It’s always fun coming down to the States,” he says with a laugh.  “Most people aren’t aware that there’s a lot of folk and country music in Canada, it’s interesting to see how our songs measure up against the other voices of our generation.”

To purchase tickets to see Corb Lund at 12th & Porter: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6497575&awc=3589_1460605491_6ff2da48f81b43ec0f4df3d15208aa81&camefrom=CFC_UK_BUYAT_97249

Susan Hubbard

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