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From high in the Rocky Mountains, Last Of The Easy Riders descend with Unto The Earth, its new psych-infused country-rock long-player. While the Easy Riders' first outing, a self-titled EP from 2016, exhibited the band's kaleidoscope of trippy guitar sounds and production techniques, this debut full length unveils the band's earnest songwriting chops and knack for genuine Bakersfield-Sound country. The band certainly didn't abandon its lysergic-leanings, however: note the mind-warping title track, which also serves as the lead single.
With no shortage of jangly guitars, piano and pedal steel, this album no doubt echoes Clarence White-era Byrds, but it doesn't stray far from the band's Southwestern-rock 'n' roll roots. "Almost all the lyrics are intended to paint vivid pictures, and give listeners a sense of place," says the band's co-founder Christopher Minarik (guitar/backing vocals). "Certain songs and lyrics really lay it on the line and say exactly how the songwriter felt, or what they were going through. It's the most personal and honest songwriting I've ever done."
Rounding out the lineup is bassist/vocalist Dan Duggan, guitarist Bradley Grear and drummer Mitch Mitchum. Recorded in March 2017 in Lansing, Michigan by producer/songwriter George Szegedy (who also offered up his own song for the LP, the twangy-and-wistful "It Won't Be Long), and after five months of mixing and fine-tuning, the Last of the Easy Riders are ready to ride.