So I'm sitting here, listening to David Allan Coe's 'Unchained' record, and marveling at the fact that it's August 1st already, meaning we're approximately 48 hours from starting proper work on the new TGA record, tentatively titled 'Hello Miss America'. It's been quite a while since we've done a full LP, unless you count The Die Youngs and fORMER efforts. The Great Affairs last two releases have been EPs, with just 6 or 7 songs each(unless you got those Kool Kat versions with the extra tracks), so this will be our first true full-length release since 'Ricky Took The Wheels' in 2010. The band has evolved quite a bit since then, which will hopefully be evident with this collection. It's shaping up to be a pretty solid batch of tunes thus far, and probably our most collaborative to date.
With nearly 3 years of shows under our belts in this lineup, we've amassed a pretty ridiculous amount of material that we've yet to fully weed through. Of the 40+ that have made it to the demo phase, 8 have gotten the thumbs-up so far, with an eye towards having at least a dozen or so properly cut, and ready to choose from for the final running order.
When this thing will appear is anyone's guess. We'll be working on it over the next few months, as time and our budget allow, and I for one would like to see it out before the end of the year. But, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.", as they used to say.
So, that leads us to shows, and we've got a few in August.
8/15 @ John Brown's On The Square - Marion, IL 9PM
8/16 @ Hat Tricks - Pekin, IL (supporting Bang Tango & The Quireboys) 8PM
8/17 @ Hat Tricks - Pekin, IL (supporting Trixter) 5:30PM
8/19 @ The Rutledge - Nashville, TN (supporting The Quireboys) 7:30PM
8/30 @ Wicked Good End Of Summer 2 outdoor bash - Clarksville, TN ??PM
8/30 @ Tidball's - Bowling Green, KY (with Plastic Friends) 10PM
In other news, the expanded version of '4', dubbed '4.5', will be available at these shows. It's got new artwork, and 3 extra tunes to boot, but will only be available at the merch table and via this site while supplies last.
I think that about covers it for now. The next few weeks we'll be living in and out of either The Switchyard, Pastry Park Audio Confectionery, or Black Gold Speakeasy, that is when we're not out making the bank we need to live in and out of said establishments.
'Til next time,