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Grandaddy Announces Brand New Studio Album ‘Blu Wav’ + Shares New Single: “Watercooler” Oct 25, 2023

Today, legendary indie-rock band Grandaddy has announced a brand new studio album Blu Wav set for release February 16, 2024 via Dangerbird Records. A prolific storyteller, Jason Lytle is inspired by the overwhelming beauty of nature to the mundane moments that spark life’s strongest memories. Introducing pedal steel into the band’s repertoire for the first time, buoyant lead singleWatercooler comments on the dichotomy of both. It was inspired by having his own outdoorsy rock guy (in both senses of the word) lifestyle while his partner had an office job. Lytle shares, “Most of my relationships have involved girls who worked in office settings. This song is about the end of one, or perhaps a few, of those relationships. Listeners will also notice the pedal steel on this track and eventually on many others from the forthcoming new album. It’s a first for Grandaddy, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about this fact.”

With the album title Blu Wav meant to be a literal mash-up of “bluegrass” and “new wave”, the new collection has a distinct feel, a uniform vibe, and a somewhat unexpected sound. It was conceived as Grandaddy maestro Jason Lytle was driving through the Nevada desert, and Patti Page’s “Tennessee Waltz” came across the classic country station on the radio. He was immediately intrigued by the possibilities of what it might sound like to keep the slow sway and sweet, simple lyrics of the bluegrass waltz while adding layers of dense synthesizers and the electronics of new wave. It incorporates the lo-fi lushness and sometimes-psychedelic orchestration Grandaddy is known for with Lytle’s first foray into true country. Seven of its 13 songs are waltzes, and as Lytle notes, “there’s an inordinate amount of pedal steel.” Grandaddy recently celebrated their legacy with a series of 20th anniversary reissues including the acclaimed Sumday Twunny box set which earned a Pitchfork ‘Best New Reissue”. Lytle also contributed vocals to a posthumous Sparklehorse album by request of his friend and fellow psychedelic pop auteur Mark Linkous’ family. Grandaddy has released five official LPs, most recently 2017’s Last Place. Grandaddy members include Jason Lytle, Aaron Burtch, Jim Fairchild, Tim Dryden, and the late Kevin Garcia, who passed away in 2017.

Blu Wav Tracklist:

  1. Blu Wav
  2. Cabin in My Mind
  3. Long as I’m Not the One
  4. You’re Going to Be Fine and I’m Going to Hell 
  5. Watercooler
  6. Let’s Put this Pinto on the Moon
  7. On a Train or Bus
  8. Jukebox App
  9. Yeehaw Ai in the Year 2025
  10. Ducky, Boris and Dart
  11. East Yosemite
  12. Nothin’ to Lose
  13. Blu Wav Buh Bye

Follow Grandaddy:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Bandcamp | Spotify | Apple Music

For more information, contact:

Sarah Avrin | Charm School Media  sarah.avrin@charmschoolmedia.com 

Jenni Sperandeo | Dangerbird Records  jenni@dangerbird.com 

Scott Osgood | Dangerbird Records  scott@dangerbird.com


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Cabin in My Mind – Single Dec 1, 2023


The Town where I’m Livin Now – Single Jul 12, 2023


Blu Wav Feb 16, 2024


Watercooler – Single Oct 25, 2023


2020’s Over Covers Jan 13, 2021


The Sophtware Slump ….. on a wooden piano Nov 20, 2020


Derek Spears – Single Aug 3, 2023


Sumday: Excess Baggage Aug 25, 2023


Sumday Twunny Sep 1, 2023


Sumday: The Cassette Demos May 12, 2023

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