Gill Landry is on pace to release his third solo album on March 3 via ATO Records. A traveler of sorts, Landry has found time in between gigs with Old Crow Medicine Show to fashion 10 new songs on the self-titled Gill Landry.
Originally from Lake Charles, La., Landry moved around at times, which included stops in New Jersey and the Northwest, but eventually headed back to the Southeast and New Orleans. It was around 2004 when Landry first met Old Crow Medicine Show in New Orleans and joined the band. Landry has been an active member of the group over the years and has enjoyed the momentum which the group has created but has also found time to carve out his own niche in the music world as well.
“With Old Crow, it sometimes feels like you are on the road a lot,” Landry said about the group’s touring schedule.
All in all, they manage to hit around 75 – 100 dates per year, so Landry did find some downtime to record his self-titled album.
The album was recorded in a South Nashville apartment which Landry called home, and it is the apartment that helped set a tone for the record as it even became part of the cover art.
“The hardest part is shifting gears in my head with the music. That is why it took so long, but it did evolve into what it is because I had the time and that was nice,” Landry added about the recording process.
A noted instrumentalist and songwriter himself, Landry did have a few more artists join the party on his album which include Robert Ellis, Laura Marling, trumpeter Nick Etwell of Mumford & Sons and Odessa Jorgensen who lends harmonies and fiddle to a few tracks.
“It’s a great honor. I call all of them friends. It’s such a pleasure. We moved fast with a few takes,” Landry noted about the good company which surrounded him.
“Just Like You” may be one of the most well-rounded songs on the album, but Landry says “Emily” was a lot of fun for him both on the songwriting and performance level. Other tracks of prominence include “Fenario,” “Take This Body” and “Bad Love.”
“I come from folk music so going into having musical parts makes it a lot of fun. It’s about the story being told. With this, I spent more time on the musical experience as well as the lyrical. This time I gave it an extra effort,” Landry said.
In speaking with Gill Landry, he was at the front end of a tour with Justin Townes Earle which will span around 20 shows across the Southeast and Northeast regions when it is all said and done.
Regarding performing the new material live, Landry says “it’s always a wonderful challenge.”
“I love the songs and that I get to perform them.”
For more information on Gill Landry, visit gilllandrymusic.com.