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Futurebirds Bring Their Hotel Party To OPB

The past three years have not been kind to Futurebirds. The group lost their original drummer and battled burnout brought on by their hard-charging touring schedule. To make matters worse, the band members left their comfy home base of Athens, Georgia, scattering to several cities, including Atlanta and Nashville. “It was kind of a low time,” recalls guitarist and vocalist Thomas Johnson.

So when the 6-peice rock band began writing songs for their new album, they knew that a big change was in order. They eschewed familiar studios in Athens and retreated to a secluded compound just outside of Richmond, Virginia. There, Futurebirds recorded the songs that would become Hotel Parties, a sometimes brutal, but ultimately cathartic, album that documents the band’s struggle with… being a band.

Futurebirds (minus the band’s unfortunate pedal steel guitarist Dennis Love, whose gear was accidentally shipped a 2 hour drive away to Eugene, Oregon that morning) joined us in the OPB studios and performed songs from Hotel Parties. The three front-men of the group, Thomas Johnson, Carter King, and Daniel Womack, also sat down with me and chatted about playing 4th of July gigs in Canada, recording in a studio haunted by Confederate ghosts, and the story behind their “accidental concept album.”

Watch videos from the session via VuHaus and play and download MP3s of the songs here:


Audio recording and mixes: Zack Carver-Gustin and Steven Kray
Video editor: Jarratt Taylor
Videographers: Sam Smith, Gerard O’Sullivan, Claudia Krogmeier
Executive Producer: David Christensen

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