With two Australians and an Englishman, The Greencards are probably the least likely Austin-formed/Nashville-based band you’ve ever heard. The critically acclaimed band’s love and respect for country, Americana, blues and bluegrass brought them together in 2003 and – now signed to Sugar Hill Records — the co-ed trio will release their fourth album Fascination and tour extensively throughout 2009. They’ve already toured with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, earned the Americana Music Award in 2006 for “Emerging Artist of the Year” and have landed a Grammy nomination (“Best Country Instrumental Performance” for their last album Viridian).
For the first time, they’ve worked with producer Jay Joyce, and the results startle on Fascination. “We’d heard all these great records that Jay had made with Patty Griffin, John Hiatt and so many artists we love,” says singer/bassist Carol Young. “But how would he utilize the fiddle, cello, mandolin, bouzouki, and bass–the core of the band–without putting layers and electronic sounds on it? We were very pleasantly surprised at how he just wanted us to play the songs and let our instruments speak for themselves.”
The Greencards will be on the road all year. Their schedule will include playing several festivals including the Old Settlers Music Festival in Austin, Merlefest 2009 in Wilkesboro, NC, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado.