The Black Keys Star Produces The New Cadillac Sky Album

Critically acclaimed bluegrass band Cadillac Sky is poised for the release of their new album, Letters In The Deep, due out June 8 on Dualtone Records.

The album, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, follows their 2008 effort, Gravity's Our Enemy, which earned wide praise from the Dallas Morning News, the Boston Herald and the Washington Post, which called it, "consistently virtuosic." The band is currently on tour in support of the new album.

Letters In The Deep finds Cadillac Sky embracing broader classical, rock and pop influences, while harkening back to the roots of traditional bluegrass—when albums were made with the players standing around a single mic. Lead singer/mandolin player Bryan Simpson explains, "These days, bluegrass is recorded in a separate room with people behind glass. And that's not the bluegrass that we love. The rawness is missing. We played all the songs just sitting around together, and at the core of every song is a truly live recording."

Dan Auerbach oversaw production duties for the album with a hands-off approach, allowing the music to come together naturally. Auerbach challenged the band to embrace the "here and now" and under his direction, Cadillac Sky would have to make decisions on the fly when tracking and fixing issues in the mix wouldn't be possible. Simpson adds, "Dan encouraged us to just be with our music. He told us not to overanalyze, to let the songs be what they were going to be."

Of the album, Auerbach says, "They rose to the occasion. There are really beautiful sounds on Letters In The Deep. It is as much of a living album as it is an art piece and I'm definitely proud to have my name attached to this project. Whatever genre it is, it's a really great album, and I'm happy that I got to make it."

April 20 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, IA
April 21 Crossings at Carnegie – The State Theater Zumbrota, MN
April 22 Martyr's Chicago, IL
April 23 Central Michigan University – Plachta Auditorium Mt. Pleasant, MI
April 24 Riviera Theatre Three Rivers, MI
April 25 Rex Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
April 26 Jammin' Java Vienna, VA
April 28 The Purple Fiddle Thomas, WV
April 29 Ashland Coffee and Tea Ashland, VA
April 30 Merlefest Wilkesboro, NC
May 1 Merlefest Wilkesboro, NC
May 30 Union Hall Brooklyn, NY
June 2 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
June 4 Appalachian Uprising Scottstown, OH
June 5 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
June 15 Ocotillo Performing Arts Center Artesia, NM
June 18 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, CO
June 19 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, CO
June 25 Utah Arts Festival Salt Lake City, UT
July 29 Kirk Avenue Music Hall Roanoke, VA
July 31 Tarara Winery – Toast to the Tunes Concert Series Leesburg, VA
August 14 Kenton National Festival Kenton, OH
September 4 Strawberry Music Festival Camp Mather, CA
September 17 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol, TN
September 18 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol, TN

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