Nudie’ first album, released in 2008, was Looking For A Good Time by Nudie and the Turks, a band he formed in his new residence of Charlottetown, PEI, following musical experiences in Toronto, Montreal, Phoenix, Austin and New York City.
Why so much traveling? “That’s what the world’s for,” quips Nudie. The love of singing and playing superseded any desire to chase a recording career, but with the encouragement of a growing fan base that gravitated toward Nudie’s authentic songwriting, he decided to go solo and self-released Remember This in 2014. He promoted the album with a string of high profile shows, including supporting Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, and wrapping up 2015 with an official showcase at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville.
Nudie continues to write and this year he decided that he had the new songs that he wanted to record. Once the budget was in place, he was ready for the studio.
The new album, Everything’s Different In The Night, was recorded in Peterborough, ON with co-producer James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Cuff The Duke). It’s a collection of songs about relationships, and stories from the road, including “Mr. Why’d You Come To Texas,” a duet with Sylvie Smith (Evening Hymns) about not knowing how to two-step, and “Train You Took My Baby,” inspired by a trip across Canada. Other musical friends on the album include Ryan Weber (The Weber Brothers) playing mariachi-style trumpet on “I’ve Been Here Before,” and pedal steel player Chris Altmann (Tim Hicks, Michelle McAdorey).
In the studio Nudie went for an approach that was successfully used on many of the old country records that he is inspired by—all the musicians in one room, playing together. No headphones. He said trying to capture the music with this kind of spontaneity was “a leap of faith,” but that producer James McKenty had a yes-we-can-do-this attitude. Nudie says that the other players on the album are musicians who are constantly working and often working together, and that everything came together really quickly. “It was great, a pleasant surprise,” he says.
May tour dates include May 1 at London’s Richmond Tavern, ON, May 5 in Toronto, ON at The Cadillac Lounge as a Canada Music Week Showcase, and May 21 in Mt. Stewart, PE at The Trailside Cafe for a PEI album launch.
“Heartfelt lyrics, soulful singing and heady guitar play make Everything’s Different In The Night a diamond in the rough”—Nashville Examiner.com