FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2004
CAST IRON FILTER’S ‘FALLS OF ROUGH’ ALBUM
CONTINUES SOUTHEAST “IRONGRASS” BAND’S INDIE JOURNEY
Band breaks geographical boundaries with non-stop touring
through the holidays and into 2005…
album due on January 25
ATLANTA, GA. – Bolstered by its legendarily loyal base, Cast
Iron Filter is gearing up to let the nation hear what the East Coast
and South have known for years. The band’s signature “Irongrass”
sound has won fans over the course of four albums and untold road
miles. And with the new album, Falls Of Rough, Cast Iron Filter is
ready to be heard farther and wider.
“Irongrass” is the aggressive and raw, yet undeniably
melodic sound for which Cast Iron Filter has made its mark. It's where
rock’n’roll meets the mandolin -- and where the passion
of punk meets the grace of Americana.
Falls of Rough was produced/engineered by the band’s long-standing
partner, Mark Williams at Charlotte’s Reflection Studio (home
of R.E.M.’s Murmur and Chronic Town as well as Hootie &
the Blowfish and Southern Culture on the Skids.)
In this concept album, lead singer/acoustic guitarist Dustin Edge's
stories tell tales of the small, adversity-soaked town (Falls of Rough)
in western Kentucky during the American Depression/World War II era.
The town's mayor, sheriff, bartender, rebel, pastor, among others,
all play a significant role in Edge's powerfully sung libretto.
Mandolin shredder/instrumental composer Mike Orlando's three beautiful
instrumentals are cleverly sequenced into the album's mix, contributing
to a potent “Irongrass” tapestry.
The band released its all-acoustic first album, Paradise in Palestine,
in 1999, followed by the semi-acoustic-with-drums Further Down The
Line in 2000. The pedal steel-infused This Ugly Town, their first
with Williams producing, dropped in 2001 and sold more than 6,000
copies. Next was 2002’s Live From The Highway, recorded over
two nights of shows in St. Simons, Ga. It is this album that introduced
the “Irongrass” feel to listeners.
From the summer 2003, the Edge and Orlando team – now augmented
by new members Brian Burton (drums) and Phil Skipper (bass) -- continued
to tour constantly from Austin to New York, Tallahassee to Chicago.
Meanwhile, the rhythm section was helping piece together the band’s
most cohesive batch of songs to date. The result is Falls Of Rough.
In the long crescent between Boston and the band’s North Carolina
home – and out to Texas too – students at local universities
skip classes for days, following the band some 300 miles up the road.
Ever-prolific, the band will tour its core markets of Charlotte, Charleston,
SC; and Greenville, SC among others, collecting live tracks from each
show and combining that with some new material on a disc scheduled
for Spring 2005.
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