The deepest corners of rural American culture committed to music have come to be known as “Americana.” Saskatchewan-based cousins Kacy & Clayton work in those dusty back roads from a Canadian perspective, their sound infused with a panorama of influences that includes Bobbie Gentry, Hoyt Axton, and Ralph Mooney.
The pair will be releasing their new album, Carrying On, on October 4 via New West Records. The album was produced by Jeff Tweedy, a big fan of the band who brought them to The Loft, Wilco’s Chicago studio, to record.
“When I first heard Kacy & Clayton, I was struck by how much detail and nuance they had absorbed from what sounded like a large swath of my record collection,” Tweedy raved in a press statement. “When I told them that they were as good as the artists they were drawing from, I’m not sure they believed me. On this record, I don’t hear those influences as much as I hear them taking the things they love so intimately and telling their own story. I think they’re a truly great band.”
The album is a beautiful reflection of Tweedy’s sentiments, with the Wilco frontman’s vast production skills emphasizing the timeless quality of the band’s music.
The new songs are road-tested, the band honing the tunes over the past two years of relentless touring.
“This album has, by far, the most intense and confident performances we’ve ever done on record, and we hope that intensity will be felt by the listener,” the band claims.
Kacy & Clayton will support Carrying On with a fall tour alongside Ray LaMontagne that’s set to kick off October 11 in Providence, RI. See their complete tour itinerary here.
Listen to the Carrying On title track below.