Cabin fever was epidemic among The Rosewood Thieves. A winter storm left the roots-oriented young band, often compared to — ahem — The Band, snowed in for three days in a cabin in the Pocono Mountains.
That gave them more than enough time to record their new EP, Lonesome, a quiet, hushed blend of country-rock and '70s AM radio pop that moves at a nice, slow pace.
Lithe vocal harmonies, a hint of pedal steel howl in the distance and the delicate interplay of softly spun acoustic gold make tracks like "California Moon," "A Bullet Painted Red" and "Honey, Stay Awhile" are made for adult snow days. Did being shut-in for all that time influence the sound of the EP?
"It had everything to do with it," says Erick Jordan. "We weren't in a normal recording studio, just in a basement. So, we were all relaxed and had time on our side. We are constantly doing home recordings but more in the demo sense. We were all so happy with how these all turned out that we really wanted to take it a little further. We went to L.A. to have Thom Monahan mix it, and it's always nice to work with him."
The Rosewood Thieves are Jordan on vocals and guitar, Mackenzie Vernacchio on organ and Wurlitzer, Paul Jenkins on guitar and bass and Mark Bordenet on drums. Along with Lonesome, the Thieves are also reissuing a previous EP, From The Decker House, with three unreleased tracks. A more freewheeling, rollicking record, in the tradition of The Band and Bob Dylan, From The Decker House is another winner from The Rosewood Thieves you should check out.