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Album of the Week: Way Up In the Hills by Sad Daddy


When the world shut down music gigs during the pandemic, artists found new ways to express themselves. Minnesota-connected band Sad Daddy headed to rural Arkansas to collaborate on all aspects of a new album, something new for them—writing, recording, arranging, and producing together. The resulting album Way Up In the Hills, reflects on the the way things were going in the world and a desire to go back to simple ways and self-sufficiency.

Sad Daddy is a combination of four solo artists who have worked hard alone and in many bands including The Buffalo Gals Band, The Austin Steamers and The Carper Family. Brian Martin, Joe Sundell, Rebecca Patek and Melissa Carper combined their creative talent to create this, their third album, released in January 2022. Way Up In the Hills highlights the variety of styles from bluegrass to Americana creating a true mix of American roots music.

Working with what they had at a cabin in the woods, the album includes bacon sizzling, hamboning, scatting, porch stomping and insect noises...oh, and amazing musicianship and singing.

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