The Coal Men in Studio 89 on October 21st
The Coal Men, founded in 1999 by guitarist Dave Colemen, have kept a rigorous touring schedule for over a decade. This well-seasoned folk-rock group has released four albums including their most recent, Escalator, which was introduced in August 2013.
Escalator, is a fully realized showcase for both Coleman's creativity in the studio and his master as a guitarist and a bandleader. Produces with the help of Joe Garcia, Escalator features guest performances by Will Kimbrough (Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris), Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks), and Audley Freed (The Black Crowes, Cheryl Crow) - but at its core it is a stripped down rock and roll affair.
The songs on Escalator, most penned by Coleman, but with contributions from drummer Dave Ray, who has been with Coleman from the start – offer glimpses of small-town life, economic struggle, and the complexities of romantic relationships like straight-ahead rockers “Role Model” and “Broken Heartland.” Paul Deakin of the Mavericks says, “Get this record and keep a copy in your car disc changer in case you get a wild hair and drive across the country. It is the perfect soundtrack for an American adventure.”