Back in April, Band of Horses stripped down their majestic folk-rock for a pair of acoustic shows at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium. On February 11th, they'll release some of the highlights on Acoustic at the Ryman, a 10-song live LP.
The album (out on Brown Records via Kobalt Label Services) will be released in a variety of formats, including standard digital and CD versions, a "high quality 24-bit 96k Wav version" and a 180-gram vinyl. All formats will be available to pre-order (with bonus tracks) at the band's official website later this week. Audiophiles, take note: the album was mixed and mastered in the DSD format, which, according to a press release, "(captures) the ragged magic of an unforgettable performance in dangerously pristine quality."
"The game plan was to keep it wild and expressive like the show while capturing it with highest resolution available," says bassist Bill Reynolds. "The electricity in the Ryman was off the charts. If that makes it to the listener, then we'll consider this a success."
Band of Horses will celebrate the new LP with a 13-date live trek of acoustic shows. The first date will be February 11th at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and the tour will conclude, fittingly, at the Ryman Auditorium on March 5th. Full dates and details are available on the band's site.
Clearly, frontman Ben Bridwell has been in an acoustic mood lately: last month, he hit the road for a miniature solo tour across the Southeast under the moniker Birdsmell. Below, check out the full tracklist for Acoustic at the Ryman, along with a stream of "Neighbor."
1. "Marry Song"
2. "Slow Cruel Hands of Time"
3. "Detlef Schrempf"
4. "Everything's Gonna Be Undone"
5. "No One's Gonna Love You"
8. "Wicked Gil"
9. "The Funeral"