2009 US DEBUT EARNED LUND AMERICANA MUSIC AWARD NOMINATION FOR NEW & EMERGING ARTIST
Fourth-generation Albertan rancher and former punk/metal bandleader and rising Americana songwriter Corb Lund has crafted a series of sharply drawn character studies with the new 'Cabin Fever,' out August 14 on New West Records. His 2009 US debut 'Losin' Lately Gambler' earned him an Americana Music Award nomination for New & Emerging Artist as well as an NPR segment; NPR praised Lund's "boot-kickin' Canadian cowboy [featuring] layered (and very often very wry) storytelling." Click here to listen.
Mixing wry observations with imagery from cowboy life and elsewhere, 'Cabin Fever' places Lund in the company of songwriters like Hayes Carll, James McMurtry, and Dave Alvin. He cites his time in the punk/metal band The Smalls in his writing. Lund says, "Chaos and irreverence informs the way I write. I'm also drawn to harmony and chord choices that are outside the norms of country."
Carll also joins Lund on the hysterical "Bible on the Dash," for which he flew to Alberta to co-write and record in person. In fact, Lund and his band The Hurtin' Albertans did very few overdubs. Lund says, "Some of my favorite records are really raw and feel casual and real. We didn't use any click tracks. There's cohesion with a band that plays live together so much and has been together for ten years."
Written in his cabin in Alberta, New York City, Austin, and Las Vegas, 'Cabin Fever' offers a portrait of a survivalist preparing for the apocalypse ("Gettin' Down On The Mountain"); a tale of a rural man losing a woman to the allure of New York City life ("September"); an ode to his vintage BMW motorcycles ("Mein Deutsches Motorrad"); the broken-hearted anthem "(You Ain't A Cowboy) If You Ain't Been Bucked Off"; new drinking songs such as "Drink It Like You Mean It" and "Pour 'Em Kinda Strong"; the yodeling introduction and physicality of "Priceless Antique Pistol Shoots Startled Owner"; and another throwback to his punk days, the laugh-out-loud desire to date "The Gothest Girl I Can."
Houston Press said, "Lund and 'Losin’ Lately Gambler' present us with a new and meaningful 21st century addition to the traditions of Western and cowboy music, something to succeed the likes of Ian Tyson and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott." 'Losin' Lately Gambler' also scored a top ten placement on the Americana radio charts.
A Juno Award winner who has multiple Canadian Gold Records to his name, he has played on bills, at festivals, and special events with The Who, Emmylou Harris and Robert Plant, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell. He has also won the Canadian Country Music Awards Roots Artist of the Year seven times running.
Cabin Fever track list
- Gettin' Down On The Mountain
- Dig Gravedigger Dig
- Bible On The Dash
- Mein Deutsches Motorrad
- Cows Around
- (You Ain't A Cowboy) If You Ain't Been Bucked Off
- Drink It Like You Mean It
- Priceless Antique Pistol Shoots Startled Owner
- The Gothest Girl I Can
- One Left In The Chamber
- Pour 'Em Kinda Strong