Following the success of the group's first record, Parade Day (2016), and extensive touring, Sussex is back with a second album that will transport you to an equally extraordinary and singular musical universe.
With Michael Emenau on vibraphone and pianica and Rob Lutes on guitar, banjo and vocals, The Ocean Wide is an eclectic, exhilarating journey through multiple genres - folk, blues, jazz, ragtime, bluegrass - that takes us improbably right to the very heart of American roots music.
Featuring special guests Ivanhoe Jolicoeur on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Bruno Lamarche on clarinet and saxophone, and recorded and mixed by renowned Montreal engineer Rob Heaney (Cirque du Soleil, Patrick Watson), The Ocean Wide features 13 new original songs, and a superb reinterpretation of Steve Goodman's gem, “Lookin’ for Trouble.”
"When Michael and I made Parade Day, we looked at it as a well needed break in our busy musical schedules. We were just having fun playing together after many years, and we loved the blend of vibes and guitar. But the album did so well that we ended up being picked up by a great agency in Montreal and touring it pretty extensively. We had so much fun tweaking the sound and bringing new tunes to the show and the audience reaction was so off the charts, we felt a momentum to get back into the studio and make a second album. This time, we stepped outside any normal musical boundaries we had had and just tried stuff. A slide guitar/pianica minor blues (Train #7). Some bebop horns and vibes over a guitar and banjo-driven folk tune (The Ocean Wide).
Some nods to Tin Pan Alley and Leonard Cohen and Ragtime and Dixieland. And some cool folk roots tunes that found a home in this album's particular sound. The beauty of Sussex for Michael and me is that we can take the music wherever it needs to go. There are no stylistic limits. This outing is quite different from the first, a little more intimate with just us and Ivan and Bruno on horns, but a little broader musically. A little more adventurous. Michael's got a whole new palette of sounds on his vibes and this band has pushed my playing to lots of new places on guitar and banjo. This music does not represent a logical step anywhere. It's pure in that way. Just music. And that's a lot of fun."
released September 6, 2019
Rob Lutes - guitar, banjo, vocals
Michael Emenau - vibraphone, pianica, percussion
Ivanhoe Jolicoeur - trumpet, flugelhorn
Bruno Lamarche - clarinet, saxophone
Recorded and Mixed by Rob Heaney
Produced by Michael Emenau and Rob Lutes
Sussex is the brainchild of Michael Emenau and Rob Lutes. The two renowned musicians were childhood friends and high school
bandmates in New Brunswick. Reunited in 2012, the pair began to write together for the first time in 20 years. They released their debut album Parade Day in 2016. The Ocean Wide is their second album. Visit: sussexvibrafolk.com roblutes.com www.mnomusic.com...more