615 Hideaway Records Releases Rock Hearts’ Latest Album,Wanderlust
Wanderlust features ten songs including several originals from both national and New England-based songwriters, including Bob Minner & Thomm Jutz, John Diamond, Sam Tidwell, Bill Smith, Stan Keach, Seth Sawyer, as well as Rock Hearts’ own Alex MacLeod and Billy Thibodeau. Also included are cover songs from Malcom McKinney, Bruch Carrol, Kevin Thomas and Mickey Hiter and Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens.
Rock Hearts have collaborated with such greats as 6-time IBMA Female vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley, folk icon, Jonathan Edwards, and Grammy-Award winning fiddler, Michael Cleveland on this new release.
Album highlights include Michael Cleveland’s blazing fiddle break and equally complimenting double fiddle freak with Austin Scslzo on Alex MacLeod’s original song and title track Wanderlust. Six-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley, lends her beautifully gifted voice on the touching gospel song Driving Nails. Folk icon Jonathan Edwards contributes his unmistakable vocals to a cover of Malcom McKinney’s Don’t Cry Blue, a massive hit for Jonathan Edwards in 1971. Cotton, Corn and Hay is a farming song penned by guitar-player extraordinaire, Bob Minner, and IBMA Songwriter of the Year Thomm Jutz. The second single The Last Log Drive was well received because of its authenticity and historical relevance.
|01 Green Mountain Girl
02 Don’t Cry Blue
03 Cotton, Corn, and Hay
05 Driving Nails
|06 Butter In the Mustache
08 The Last Log Drive
09 Today I Started Loving You Again
10 Tired of These Little Games You’re Playing
We wanted to feature a lot of original material on this album. Classic Covers are always fun to do but with so many talented songwriters offering their songs to us, we felt it was important for listeners to hear Rock Hearts through a filter of original songs and authentic interpretations of covers, verses trying to copy or duplicate the sounds that already exist. Everywhere we play, folks say ‘You all sound so tight’. That’s exactly what we set out to do when we started. We wanted to render a tight and energized brand of authentic bluegrass and we feel confident that Wanderlust accomplished that goal – Alex MacLeod
Wanderlust is the debut album from Rock Hearts 615 Hideaway Records. Produced by Ned Luberecki Wanderlust was recorded at Dark Shadow Recording Studio and features Alex MacLeod on vocals and guitar, Joe Deetz on banjo, Billy Thibodeau vocals and mandolin, Rick Brodsky on bass, Austin Scelzo on fiddle with special guest appearances by Jonathan Edwards and Dale Ann Bradley on vocals.
Wanderlust is available commercially for downloads and streaming wherever digital streaming is available including Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, YouTube Music, deezer and more.
About Rock Hearts
Formed in 2013, Rock Hearts brings together five veteran musicians from Southern New England who love to sing and pick bluegrass, old Country tunes, and seek out new tunes from other genres to “Bluegrass-ify”. Named an official 2021 IBMA Showcase Band, Rock Hearts is enjoying national radio and chart activity. They are a sought-after band for major festivals and recently signed with Sammy Passamano III, and 615 Hideaway Records in Nashville, TN. Rock Hearts received outstanding fanfare and strong radio success prior to their album release of Wanderlust.
Rock Hearts are performing throughout the United States on their Wanderlust Tour – 2023.
Rock Hearts is back in the studio recording their 3rd project, and their 2nd with The 615 Hideaway Record Label. Following Starry Southern Nights and Wanderlust, the band is laying down 13 brand new songs with Scott Vestal at his Digital Underground Recording Studio.