Full Cord releases new single and music video Ghost of Good Times
2022 IBMA Momentum Band Award winner and 2022 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition winner, Michigan-based Full Cord releases their debut single and music video on Dark Shadow Recording label.
Ghost of Good Times is a fiery number that really highlights the strengths of Full Cord. Brian’s convincing delivery, as a story he’s lived before, is backed by the counter play of banjo and fiddle melodies and the solid bass, mandolin, and guitar rhythm section. I heard them do this tune live one time and knew it had to go on the project – Stephen Mougin, producer.
Ghost of Good Times was written by my longtime music partner Glenn House of Portland, Oregon.
We started the Michigan-based band Grasshoppah in 2001 and played nearly 1000 shows over a busy 5 year period. Glenn’s song-writing and music acumen has always inspired me and his song has made me laugh and cry on stage/studio since it was written in 2011. Those emotions from me are generally reserved for Beethoven’s or Shostakovich’s music but Glenn has found a way to strike a chord.
My view of Ghost is a strong sentiment that I closely relate to as not only are the lyrics a song-writer’s story, in the fashion of John Prine and Greg Brown (both musicians Glenn and I adore), but the content hits home as I have struggled with letting go of alcohol and drugs that facilitate “good times. Glenn’s version is slow and epic in its anthem like themes while Full Cord’s version has a little speed and fire under it; as if we are dancing with the ghost, but not hand in hand and on a different dance floor – Brian Oberlin.
The single was premiered yesterday by Daniel Mullins on his Midday Music Spectacular show on Real Roots Radio and The Grateful Web premiered the music video today.
Full Cord’s album Cambium is scheduled for release in November. For more information on Full Cord tour dates, please visit their website
About Full Cord:
When it comes to movers and shakers in the bluegrass world, Full Cord is a super-group on the rise. After winning the prestigious 2022 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition in Colorado, the Michigan-based group followed that with another much-coveted honour when the International Bluegrass Music Association named Full Cord its Momentum Award Band of the Year.
While mandolinist Brian Oberlin notes the band’s music is new and fresh to the ears of seasoned bluegrass fans, the bluegrass traditions in Full Cord have deep roots. The group’s members are Brian Oberlin on mandolin, Eric Langejans on guitar, Todd Kirchner on bass and Grant Flick on fiddle.
The band boasts decades of musical artistry, with experience in popular performing bands from Michigan to Oregon. And with the recent addition of award-winning, Colorado-based banjoist Ricky Mier, Full Cord is poised to take the next step in its journey as a bluegrass powerhouse: The band’s debut album on Nashville’s Dark Shadow Recordings is set to drop in November 2023.