Nashville-based The Vegabonds are all set to release their new full-length studio album, Sinners and Saints, set for release this coming Friday, September 24th, via Blue Élan Records. Ahead of the release, DittyTV is offering the official music video for the band’s latest single, “Heartache and a Memory,” paired with 5 Questions to help you get to know them better.
5 Questions with The Vegabonds by Sam Shansky
1) You all met while attending Auburn University in Alabama? Please give us the rundown of that time period and how things have changed for you as a group since then.
We formed in Auburn, AL in 2009. We were finishing school there and had the choice to get jobs we knew we would grow to hate or keep growing what we believed to be a great band…and here we are 12 years later still kicking and putting out records.
2) Can you share some behind-the-scenes details about your upcoming album Sinners and Saints and tell us what it was like working once again with Grammy-nominated producer Tom Tapley?
We have been recording this record for 2 years on and off. It started while we were touring in 2019 and we would pop in the studio when we had the chance. Then 2020 happened and everything came to a standstill which allowed us to switch gears and take advantage of our time. We started digging in deep on the songwriting side of things and ended up writing about 25-30 songs for this record. We then narrowed that down to the 16 we recorded and then picked our favorite 11 from those. We love working with Tom because it’s a family feeling when we are in the studio with him. He allows us to explore the songs and find out what best serves every one of them…he’s the dude.
3) Today, DittyTV is pleased to offer the World Premiere of your new video single, “Heartache and a Memory,” a track you’ve described as “a breakup song you can dance to.” Can you tell us about the making of the music video and explain the sound you were going for with this one?
The music video is a “one shot video” shot in a white wall room with warm lighting. It was fun to shoot and figure out the choreography of each part to correlate with the music. The song itself is unique. I wrote the lyrics 4 years ago as a sad country song. When we were writing for this album, Beau brought in a great keyboard part and I just started singing the breakup lyrics over fun grooving music and it clicked.
4) You’re playing AmericanaFest this Friday (9/24) at The High Watt, the same day as your album release! What are you most looking forward to about that show and are there any other artists at the festival whose shows you’re excited to see?
I’m excited to play AmericanaFest, it’s always been on our radar since we live in Nashville. We’re looking forward to debuting a lot of new songs for the album release and bringing a good time to The High Watt.
5) What’s the remainder of 2021 look like for The Vegabonds?
Putting out this badass record for our badass fans and playing some badass shows!
Bonus: Your keyboardist Beau Cooper has a fascination with Yacht Rock. Can you give us some examples of what great Yacht Rock sounds like and tell us how the genre inspired your new album cover?
Last year after rehearsals, the rhythm section would hang in the backyard listening to Christopher Cross, Hall and Oats, Traveling Wilburys, Michael McDonald, and other artists. I became fascinated with the way a lot of these artists from the 70s transitioned into the 80s. It’s basically all the stuff my dad showed me growing up. He’s a sailor/musician, and my granddad’s a painter. So there’s a lot of sailboat paintings at my parents’ house, similar to our album cover. I love the musical production. That era of music was definitely an influence on the band while we were writing this record.
Extra Bonus: You call yourselves “hot sauce junkies” and have created your own hot sauce named after your song, “Georgia Fire.” What constitutes a “hot sauce junkie,” and what is the most intense hot sauce you’ve found so far?
It has to have heat and flavor. GEORGIA FIRE hot sauce! Habaneros and Georgia peaches…you gotta try it!