Back in March, Turnpike Troubadours steel player Hank Early announced that he and Turnpike bass player RC Edwards had spent the past six months working on a solo project for RC’s band, RC & The Ambers.
And while he didn’t offer too many details, he did confirm that the debut album, titled Big Country, was finished.
“The big news of the day is that RC and I have been working on his solo record “Big Country” for the past 6 months or so and it’s finished! It’s produced and recorded by yours truly with some help from a few good friends.
It doesn’t sound like a turnpike record. It sounds like a space cowboy warlock line dance party. I think you’ll like it. Tell your friends. We are working on the release date… once it’s set we’ll let you know.”
I mean, you had me “space cowboy warlock line dance party.”
And today, we’re pleased to exclusively premiere the lead single, “Oklahoma Beach Body,” which will be available everywhere tomorrow, June 11th.
If you’ve ever been to a Turnpike show, you’ve inevitably seen RC get up on the mic and handle lead vocals for a song or two, and because of that, fans have been requesting a proper solo album for a while now:
“Fans have requested a solo record for years and it has arrived.
‘Oklahoma Beach Body,’ written by Hank Early of Turnpike Troubadours, is a fun, summertime anthem that tells a tongue in cheek story about life and love in Cherokee County Oklahoma.”
The new album features some fiddle work from Turnpike fiddle player Kyle Nix (who put out a killer solo album of his own), as well as drums from Gabriel Pearson. Hank himself plays on the new studio album as well, however RC & The Ambers is composed of RC Edwards, Amber Watson, JT Kay, Nicholas Pitre, and Lance Roark.
Produced by Hank at his home studio, Big Country is set to hit shelves on September 10th.