With the new year comes new music, and the local music scene is getting its fair dosage. With a new album slated to debut Saturday, Folly Beach Americana band Ashes of Old Ways is premiering a brand new track on Charleston Scene.
Ashes of Old Ways was formed about two years ago by members and songwriters Dave Britt and Bobby Sutton, the latter of whom had just moved to the Lowcountry.
"Bobby had just moved to Charleston, and we wanted to form a band that would resonate with Charleston's well-supported music scene," says Britt. "We met bassist Jamie Crisp (Big Stoner Creek) and things just started coming together. We found that people were really starting to respond to the band's original material and the dynamics of the live show. This year, we added Cre Moore on drums and guitar virtuoso Charles Funk, and the outfit sounds better than ever."
This year, the band is releasing an album in two parts (Part I will be out Saturday, and Part 2 will be out in the fall) and touring with The Kenny George Band in April and May.
"These days, bands need to consistently release material if they want to stay relevant to their audience, so we decided to release the album in two parts during the year instead of one full-length record," says Britt.
Charleston Scene is premiering the second track off Part I of the new album, "Wish That We Could Run." The breezy steel guitar-infused track encapsulates a vibrant nostalgia for the nonchalance of the past.
"The song is about the trappings of adult life and the desire for that feeling you had when you were younger when things like bills and obligations didn't matter," says Britt.
Ashes of Old Ways will play a CD release show at Surf Bar on Folly Beach on Saturday.
Other upcoming shows include the Taste of Folly Festival on Jan. 20, a show at Velo Fellow in Greenville with Darby Wilcox on Jan. 26 and a concert at Main Street Public House in Columbia on Jan. 27.