More than two years after the regrouped dB's played a series of reunion shows, there's still no sign of a new dB's album. But here's the next best thing -- an official release date for the new album by dB's co-leaders Peter Holsapple/Chris Stamey, titled "hERE aND nOW," which is due out June 9 on Bar/None Records. It's a sequel of sorts to the duo's previous album, 1991's stellar "Mavericks" (which has one of my favorite songs ever). And it feels like this album has been in the works for decades.
"It does seem like we've been working on this forever," Holsapple says. "But it's only been a few years, although it has been through a lot of different areas to get to where it is now -- finished, mastered, with a cover -- all those things people do with records. Now we'll see if it sells, which is something else people do with records. Although I'm not so sure about that nowadays."
Guests on the album include the other two dB's, Gene Holder and Will Rigby; Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster; Chatham County Line's Greg Readling; and, most intriguingly, Durham resident Branford Marsalis, who contributes saxophone to two songs. There should be a live show around the time of the album's release, probably at Cat's Cradle. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: That Cradle show is on the schedule now for June 27.