With Ghosts of the River Folk, Switchback creates a powerful tribute to the people and spirit of the upper Mississippi, their musical home. Like a ride on John Hartford’s beloved Julia Belle Swain riverboat winding its way down the Mississippi River, this collection of songs takes you through the ever changing scenery and characters that make up this magical part of northeast Iowa. Recorded at the famous Kingsize Studios in Chicago, this new release features all original tunes by the award winning songwriting duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack.
Continuing a tradition of cross-genre appeal, Switchback’s 12th album is sure to attract anyone who enjoys pop-rock, alternative country or progressive folk styles. The sound can be compared to artists both classic and modern such as The Beatles, The Byrds, BoDeans, Wilco, The Jayhawks, Phish, Whiskeytown, Simon & Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers, Soul Asylum, Alejandro Escovedo, Tom Petty, and The Beau Brummels
Switchback is joined by Jim Hines, the Grammy award winning former drummer for Brian Wilson, Ellis Clark on keyboards, fiddler Paul Russell, and Grammy award winning producer Lloyd Maines on Papoose Guitar. Also contributing to this new project are acclaimed accordionist John Williams (who wrote the music for the DreamWorks motion picture, Road To Perdition), Brianne Bolin on squeeze box accordion, and Siobhan FitzGerald, Maggie FitzGerald and Mike Hagler delivering vocal harmonies.