Southern New Brunswick’s eclectic Earthbound Trio have delivered on the promise they made as winners of the 2014 Harvest Jazz and Blues Galaxy Rising Star competition - a new full length album in 2015.
Comprised of songwriter and guitarist Dwayne Doucette (St. Andrews), Mike Humble (Fredericton) on drums and percussion, and bassist Bob Fitzgerald (Saint John), the group has earned a fiercely devoted following in the time since the 2013 release of their EP Lettuce Turnip The Beet, a release that garnered the band three Music New Brunswick Award nominations and an East Coast Music Award nomination.
The trio’s latest effort, Ditch Flowers, explores ideas of perseverance and growth, both from a personal and social perspective, and exemplifies the band’s earthy signature sound blending elements of folk, funk, blues, and rock with soulful, intriguing lyrics. The album’s title is a nod to the famous Neil Young quote, "Traveling there [the middle of the road] soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I met more interesting people there.”
Recorded by John McLaggan at Porchlight Studios and produced with Grant Heckman, Earthbound Trio intentionally kept the making of Ditch Flowers a local affair. Captured live off the floor with only a handful of overdubs, Doucette says the band aimed to release a recording that was more indicative of their live shows: An album which simultaneously embraced and showcased their broad musical horizons yet maintained a lively, unscripted feel throughout.