After releasing a full-length album, a live CD and two EPs, Nashville rock band The Loft is back in the studio with Grammy winning producer Joe West (Emmylou Harris, Warren Zevon, Dropping Daylight) and planning to release a new album later this year. Meanwhile, in order to keep their fans appeased, the band and archivist Nick Graham have sifted through the recordings of over 100 shows and are releasing a live album, Best of Live & Rarities. The collection will contain some fan favorites that The Loft has not yet released from some of their fabled shows at Tiballs in Bowling Green, and Windows on the Cumberland in Nashville. In addition, there will be some studio outtakes and a few rare acoustic moments.
About The Loft:
Itâ€™s not an easy task to stand out in a crowd. But thatâ€™s what a new rock band is faced with when they form, then record and release music. There is just so much music out there and so many outlets to find it. But when you grind it out in the trenches and grow your fan base organically, you can make some headway. For The Loft, the trenches are the miles of highway theyâ€™ve been logging over the past few years. And with a retro sound that has been compared to the The Black Crowes, The Rolling Stones, and Faces, the band is not having any difficulty drawing new fans and followers.
After making tracks in Southeast markets, The Loft branched out into more states in the South, Midwest and Northeast in 2007. And when they were not touring, the band was holed up writing songs in a family owned property in Huntington, West Virginia, as well as in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and New York City. That bonding has helped the band to create 30 new songs, of which they believe is their best material to date.
Following the release of a full-length album, Soulful Southeast Exhibit, a live CD and two EPs, including the most recent Tombstone Tapes, The Loft is targeting late spring 2008 for their next full-length release. The Loft has received regional radio airplay, and was voted Best Local Roots Rock Band by Nashville station 102.9 The Buzz in 2006. They have shared the stage with Drive By Truckers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band among others, and will hit the road again in January 2008 for a rigorous tour itinerary in advance of the new albumâ€™s release.
â€œâ€¦.that was one of the most pure and exciting shows I have seen in years. I was terribly impressedâ€¦â€¦It was an honor to write about a band that has so much promise. If you get the chance, tell the band they played an incredible show in Baton Rouge and their name will not be forgotten.â€â€”Jason Andreasen, Tiger Weekly
â€œI received The Loft CD and oh my GOD do I love it. These guys just rock!!! My only beef with it is that there are only 7 songs. I want MORE!â€â€”Amy Burger, Playback STL
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