A drummer with a broken wrist became an unexpected asset for the Lizzy Ross Band.
The impairment was the catalyst for UNC graduate Lizzy Ross and her bandmate Drew Daniel to work harder on perfecting each note of their new CD.
Ross produced her first album as a solo album, but with a few musical accompaniments. Tomorrow, she’ll release her second album, Read Me Out Loud, as the Lizzy Ross Band at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw.
The four main members will be joined by Mipso Trio and BIG Something as they release the record that’s been almost six months in the making.
“It’s very different from the first album,” Ross said. “It’s much more of a rock ‘n’ roll album. It involves the whole band — it’s not an acoustic effort.”
“(Bluegrass) is like the white of the walls in the room for me. You stop noticing it’s there because its so ubiquitous,” Ross said.
“When most people do records they do lots of different takes, and then cobble them together to make a seamless performance,” Stamey said. “When you go see them live you’ll see that there’s no studio wizardry going on with the vocals.”
Like its sound, the band’s formation wasn’t traditional.
Daniel came from a background of jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and blues. While the music he plays isn’t what he typically studies, his background influences seeped into the record, showing up in songs like “Cross the Cuyahoga” and “Mad Farmer.”