Red Shield Music today announced a July 2nd, 2013 release of Santa Fe-based duo Round Mountain’s fourth studio album The Goat. The highly-anticipated album follows the band’s 2009 full-length Windward and showcases their unique sound that has been spanning alt-folk and world genres since 2002. After years of global travel and immersion in Appalachian, Celtic, West African, Balkan and Middle-Eastern music, brothers Char and Robby Rothschild bring listeners to a place of musical grounding and connection. The Goat features many guest musicians including Anais Mitchell, Moira Smiley, Brass Menažeri and folk legend Andy Irvine.
On The Goat and on stage, Char Rothschild sings and plays accordion, guitar or dobro, together with trumpet or Bulgarian gaida, and highland bagpipes. Robby Rothschild sings and plays percussion, notably the West African djembe and Peruvian cajon. He also plays the West African harp known as the kora, and the Irish bouzouki.
The Goat was mostly recorded at Frogville Studios in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was mixed and co-produced by Char and Robby Rothschild, composer/musician Michael Chorney, and the album’s main engineer Bill Palmer. Jon Gagan at Electric Company, Pete Solomon at Bear Creek, and Myles Boissen at Guerrilla Recording also assisted in engineering The Goat, and it was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.
Since their last release, Round Mountain has achieved a new height of confidence and maturity. “I feel we’ve become more relaxed about letting what’s imperfect shine out,” says Robby. “We’ve found a balance between our dreams and the actual grit of pursuing them,” adds Char. The new album centers around the image of a goat, which represents an older, simpler way of life, and aims to honor the animals that have provided the brothers with inspiration, stories and instruments (the djembe, kora and gaida all employ goat skin). The love and respect even continues at home, where Robby’s family keeps Nigerian Dwarf milk goats.
Round Mountain is now on tour throughout the U.S. in support of The Goat. Fans can expect earthy music, brotherly stories and a lot of unusual instruments played in wild combinations at the same time.
04.23 Clovis, NM @ Clovis Community College
05.19 Santa Fe, NM @ The Railyard Plaza
05.29 Seattle, WA @ The Royal Room
05.30 Portland, OR @ Secret Society Ballroom
06.01 Corvallis, OR @ Troubadour Music Center
06.09 Oakland, CA @ Wisteria Ways Concerts
06.10 Felton, CA @ Don Quixote’s
06.14 Claremont, CA @ Claremont Folk Festival
06.21 Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony
06.24 Harrisonburg, VA @ Kris Kirk
06.25 Herndon, VA @ The Folk Club at Tortilla Factory
06.27 Frederick, MD @ Cafe Nola
06.29 Brunswick, ME @ Frontier Cafe
07.05 Shelburne, VT @ Burger Night
07.06 Ripton, VT @ Ripton Community Coffee House
07.09 New York, NY @ The Living Room
07.10 Brooklyn, NY @ Jalopy Theater
07.11 Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim
07.13 Millville, NJ @ Bogart’s Bookstore