THE ROMANY RYE TAPPED FOR NEXT ROUND OF “ROLLING STONE‘S CHOOSE THE COVER” CONTEST
FANS CAN GET FREE DOWNLOADS OF TWO NEW TRACKS BY THE BAND, PRODUCED BY GREGG WATTENBERG (TRAIN)
DAYTROTTER BARNSTORMER TOUR BEGINS APRIL 26th
The Romany Rye is one of eight acts selected to advance to the next round in the first-ever “Rolling Stone‘s Choose the Cover” contest. As part of the competition, the Southern California band went into the studio with Gregg Wattenberg (Train) and recorded two new tracks – “True North” and “New King of the Mountain” – that were engineered by Chris Shaw (Bob Dylan/Wilco). Fans can download these songs for free at:
There they can also check out a live performance video from The Romany Ryeand an exclusive Rolling Stone Q&A with the band. The contest’s ultimate winner, in addition to being the first unsigned band to ever appear on the cover of Rolling Stone, will receive a recording contract from Atlantic Records. Voting for round two ends April 14th and the final four contestants will be announced at the end of the month. Fans can vote for The Romany Rye by awarding the band five stars at:
Named by Kings of Leon’s Matthew Followill as the new band to watch in NME’s 2010 New Music issue (a sentiment echoed by Matt Costa on jambands.com), The Romany Rye’s debut album, Highway 1, Looking Back Carefully, was produced by lead vocalist/guitarist Luke MacMaster and Delta Spirit’s Kelly Winwrich and featured special guests Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), David Quon (We Barbarians) and Blake Mills.
“MacMaster is a skilled songwriter, weaving contemplative metaphors with relatable stories and situations, touching on love and loss with an aching wisdom that far exceeds his years,” said Crawdaddy! Magazine.
The Romany Rye – comprising MacMaster, Judson Spillyards, Joshua Spillyards and Ryan Hitt – will be joining Sondre Lerche, New York’s Guards (featuring members of Cults) and other artists on the fourth installation of the Daytrotter Barnstormer tour. The outing, which will hit barns on the outskirts of towns near Big Ten University cities this year, brings some of the country’s best bands and artists to tiny points on the map, in the middle of the countryside, under a roof of stars, amongst the smell of alfalfa and the mooing of cows.
The Romany Rye – Upcoming Dates – Daytrotter Barnstormer Tour
Date City/State Venue
4/26 Wrenshall, MN Free Range Barn
(between Minneapolis and Duluth)
4/27 Streamwood, IL Hoosier Grove Barn
4/28 Dexter, MI Lakeview Farms Barn
(just outside Ann Arbor)
4/29 Monticello, IL Kalyx Center
(just outside Champaign, IL)
4/30 Maquoketa, IA Codfish Hollow Barn