Lightning 100 Presents Hard Working Americans featuring Todd Snider and Dave Schools

Todd Snider

Nashville, TN – What do you get when you take a batch of incredible songs, five veteran players who have never played together, with an arsenal of five musical minds working in unison to reinvent them? You get Hard Working Americans. Hard Working Americans is the self-titled debut from this new musicians’ collective, scheduled for a January 21 release on Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers. Genres meld seamlessly with the birth of this group, featuring artists from the Americana, singer/songwriter, experimental, jam and rock communities. Hard Working Americans is: Todd Snider (vox), Dave Schools of Widespread Panic (bass), Neal Casal of The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (guitars/vox), Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi (keys) and Duane Trucks of Col. Bruce Hampton's school of music and Trucks family lineage (drums). Hard Working Americans features 11 tracks written by a range of artists that include Randy Newman, Lucinda Williams, Kevin Gordon, Hayes Carll, Kevn Kinney (Drivin’ ‘N Cryin’), Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, Brian Henneman (The Bottle Rockets), Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack, Kieran Kane, Chuck Mead (BR5-49), Don Herron and Frankie Miller (Elizabeth Cook).

As the five band members came together, they had no idea what to expect. Snider, known more as a songwriter than interpreter of songs, would just start singing and clapping, which then set the creative ideas in motion with his new band mates. This was uncharted territory as the players had not worked together previously, but it became an uninhibited, creative and fruitful environment as their chemistry was almost instant, a very pleasant surprise. In the end, the group created fresh and uniquely original arrangements of great songs, led by Snider’s intrepid vocals and backed by a band of virtuosos. The songs were then sequenced in an order that tells a story of the everyday person, the blue-collar worker, the frustrated, the struggling, the Hard Working American.

Hard Working Americans was produced by Dave Schools and Todd Snider. Special guests include John Popper and John Keane. The album was recorded at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios is San Rafael, CA, mastered by Bob Ludwig and mixed by John Keane.

Turbo Fruits

Turbo Fruits have made their name with notoriously wild live shows and frenetic rock songs about girls, drugs and frying their brains. On No Control, their fourth and most self-aware album, the band emerges from their teenage haze of pot smoke with a fresh perspective, directly addressing the uncertainties and fear of serious relationships, real life and the chaos that can be created by life on the road.

After the release of 2012’s Butter via Serpents & Snakes Records, Turbo Fruits balked at the label’s suggestion to write with professional Nashville songwriters, deciding instead to self-finance the new album themselves. When money for the project ran dry, fan / benefactor / guardian angel Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) stepped in to produce and record the final two tracks, “The Way I Want You and “No Reason To Stay.”

Chronicling a fraught relationship through the partying, the cheating, the jealousy, the hangovers and recriminations and loneliness of the road, No Control takes the band’s narcotic sense of melody and ragged percussiveness and adds the strongest hooks yet of a critically acclaimed career; post-modern love in a world torn asunder, the emotions run deep and the truth is served cold.

From the first lines of “Friends” (“I got a problem that I can’t deal with / All I want to do is take a sip”)to the reality plunge “Don’t Let Me Break Your Heart (Again),” No Control harvests damaged love, the pain of evolving and growing up, running from problems and hitting the bottle as a solution. Turbo Fruits refuse to eschew the garage-punk underpinnings that have given the band its euphoric punch. With No Control, they’ve refined their writing, sharpened their targets and distilled their always lean rock & roll into a heady mix, recalling Cheap Trick, Big Star and The Strokes.

Since their 2012 album, Butter, Turbo Fruits have toured extensively with Deer Tick, Surfer Blood and the Hard Working Americans. Catch them at SXSW this March, with plans for a national tour to follow.

No Control arrives April 20th, 2015 on all formats, including a deluxe limited edition package on 180 gram vinyl with a very special 4/20 surprise - Turbo Fruits rolling papers (available pre-order only).

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