After a considerable hiatus, Swamp Baby is back in the saddle once again. In fact, the band is playing twice this week.
On Thursday, Swamp Baby will share the stage with Andy Sink (of the Sifters) and Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen at Grand Street Community Arts in Albany for the first in a series of seasonal cocktail parties dubbed Grand Street Eats with lots of locally produced food, art and music. The event runs from 6-9pm, and admission is $20.
Then on Sunday, Swamp Baby steps into the spotlight once again, performing at the second annual Restoration Festival at St. Joseph’s Church in Albany at 2:40pm. Eric Krans of We Are Jeneric will be joining the band for their entire set on drums/percussion at Rest Fest.
Both shows should feature quite a number of new tunes from the band, a revamped rendition of a tune from Mike Hotter’s solo CD, “Misericordia” and a surprise cover song.
Swamp Baby is also inching closer to the release of their sophomore album – tentatively titled “For Baby’s Babies” – sometime this fall on Collar City Records. The basic tracks were recorded last year, and the band has been busy over-dubbing and mixing since then.
Compared to their 2010 debut CD, “All Fours,” Hotter says, “The songs will be more wide ranging – from heavy rock workouts to Nick Drake-ish balladry to alt-country excursions.” Special guests dropping by to help out on the new album included Kevin Maul on pedal and lap steel, Stephen Orsini on double bass, Matthew Loiacono on drums and Jen O’Connor and Donna Baird on backing vocals.
Meanwhile, Hotter is already working on his first “proper” album. (“Misericordia” was recorded as part of the annual RPM Challenge.) You can follow his progress here…