Black Oak Arkansas will release “Back Thar N’ Over Yonder” Oct. 15, 2013, via Atlantic/Atco Records.
The album is a blend of new and undiscovered works; it contains five new songs from a 2013 reunion and 10 previously unreleased 1970s tracks produced by Tom Dowd.
The band met Dowd after Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records, signed the band to the label in 1970. Between 1972-75, the band found themselves in and out of Criteria Studios in Miami.
“In those days, we was doing over 250 shows a year, every year,” says lead singer and washboardist Jim “Dandy” Mangrum. “On top of that, we was giving Atlantic two albums a year, every year. So, any time we would get a few days off, we’d hightail it to Miami and lay down a few tracks with Dowd. After a while, we couldn’t keep up with which songs was going on which albums. So, when these songs showed up, it took me and Rickie awhile to even remember cutting them.”
The album marks a new start for the band with an unbelievable streak of bad luck. In addition to the almost requisite divorces, drugs and near-death car wrecks you’d expect from rock and rollers, members of BOA faced jail time and homelessness, and the band went through years of lawsuits with former management. The band’s entire publishing catalog was sold on eBay.
But reunited original members Jim “Dandy” Mangrum, Rickie Lee Reynolds, Pat “Dirty” Daugherty and Jimmy “Soybean” Henderson were joined by drummer Johnnie Bolin, bassist George Hughen, guitarist Hal McCormack and guitarist Buddy Church.
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Black Oak Arkansas also is out on the road. Scheduled tour dates, cities and venues include:
Aug. 2: Lincoln, Neb., The Grove
Aug. 3: Sioux City, Iowa, Bolin Fest
Aug. 24: Bloomington, Ill., Castle Theatre
Aug. 31-Sept. 1: Savannah, Ill., Horse Rally
Sept. 1: Savannah,
Sept. 13-15: Los Angeles, Rock n Roll Autograph Show @ Westin
Sept. 17: Los Angeles, The Whiskey
Sept. 18: Corona, Calif., M15
Sept. 20: Ramona, Calif., Ramona Mainstage
Oct. 19: Fayetteville, Ark., The Phoenix