Muhlenberg County, Kentucky-based dark country outfit LOST DOG STREET BAND will release their moving fifth album, Weight Of A Trigger, through their friends at Anti-Corporate Music on March 29th. The album is a potent distillation of its outlaw heartache soul, as documented in the first single, “Terrible And True,” which is now streaming. Preorders for the album have been posted, and the band has announced an extensive tour in conjunction with the release of the LP.
LOST DOG STREET BAND is the creation of guitarist, vocalist, and primary songwriter, Benjamin Tod, who declares of the Weight Of A Trigger LP, “I wanted to dig under the darkest impulses of humanity for this album, and that is violence, selfishness, and destruction.”
The dark impulses Tod sings about are simply the demons that have driven him since he was a teen. At the age of sixteen, he left home to play music on the streets. Since then, he’s lived under bridges, slept in jail cells, sought freedom hopping freight trains, battled addiction, and watched many good friends die from the same rambling disease. Some states, he remains a wanted man with active warrants. Though Tod has been aimless, and destructive, he’s always been prolific through exorcising his demons in song. Even if that meant writing songs at 7am in dank and dark basements strung out on drugs and drunk.
His companion in life and music, Ashley Mae, is an accomplished fiddle player and harmony singer. The pair met in the Nashville punk scene when Ben was fifteen, and Ashley was seventeen. They share in a tumultuous love affair that’s defied adventures, and misadventures. The couple formed LOST DOG STREET BAND in the winter of 2010. The duo’s vision was to carry on the tradition of the American troubadour with fine Americana songcraft and starkly real storytelling. Today, Tod and Mae are joined by bassist Jeff Loops of the beloved roots band, Deep Chatham.
LOST DOG STREET BAND’s latest album, its fifth overall, Weight Of A Trigger is a portal into when Americana was peopled by sensitive outlaws who pleaded for salvation in song. The ten-song collection spans old-time music, Appalachian folk, redemptive country blues, and winsome balladry. Each song is elegantly essential, using teardrop pedal steel guitar, delicate fingerpicked passages, emotive harmony vocals, and stately violin touches as delicate dynamic touches. The members’ influences of Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Doc Watson, Devil Makes Three, Tyler Childers, Hooray for the Riff Raff, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Arlo McKinley, and more shine through the band’s emotional lyrics and infectious hooks.
Hear LOST DOG STREET BAND’s “Terrible And True” now at THIS LOCATION.
LOST DOG STREET BAND has booked an extensive US album release tour in support of Weight Of A Trigger. The tour begins with a four-city run initiating in Lexington, Kentucky on March 28th and running through Lakewood, Ohio on March 31st. Two weeks later, a month-long run kicks off on April 15th in Columbus, Ohio and runs through May 13th in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this time special guest Matt Heckler also performing. The band has several festival dates confirmed throughout the Summer as well, with more tour dates to be announced.
Weight Of A Trigger Track Listing:
1. To Heaven From Here
2. Given Up Faith
3. Terrible And True
4. Bring Back Someday
5. Without A Doubt
6. War Inside Of Me
8. Weight Of A Trigger
9. Lazy Moonshiner
10. Just To Say Goodbye
LOST DOG STREET BAND Tour Dates:
3/28/2019 The Burl – Lexington, KY [tickets]
3/29/2019 EXIT/IN – Nashville, TN [tickets]
3/30/2019 The Southgate House Revival – Newport, KY @ Taste Of The Beard [tickets]
3/31/2019 Winchester Music Tavern – Lakewood, OH [tickets]
4/15/2019 Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/16/2019 Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NY w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/18/2019 Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/19/2019 Empire Live Music & Events – Portland, ME w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/20/2019 Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/23/2019 Middle East – Cambridge, MA w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/24/2019 Mercury Lounge – New York, NY w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/25/2019 MilkBoy – Philadelphia, PA w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/26/2019 Jammin Java – Vienna, VA w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/27/2019 Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/28/2019 Richmond Music Hall – Richmond, VA w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/30/2019 The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/01/2019 The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/02/2019 Songbirds – Chattanooga, TN w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/04/2019 Blue Canoe – Tupelo, MS w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/06/2019 Crowbar – Ybor City, FL w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/09/2019 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/10/2019 Antone’s Nightclub – Austin, TX w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/11/2019 Mama Tried Deep Ellum – Dallas, TX w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/12/2019 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/13/2019 Mercury Lounge – Tulsa, OK w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
7/13/2019 Byrds Creek Music Festival – East Crossville, TN [tickets]
7/20/2019 Master Musicians Festival – Somerset, KY [tickets]
9/22/2019 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion – Bristol, VA [tickets]