Since forming in 2013, City Mouse’s persistence, enigmatic stage presence and originality—forged around the lyricism of frontman Brian Revels—has led to many a sold-out show. They’ve shared bills with bands like The SteelDrivers, Cicada Rhythm, The Howlin’ Brothers, Underhill Rose, Family & Friends, The Darnell Boys and more.
The trio (Revels, Jenna Mobley & Michael Hudgins) became a staple of the Atlanta Americana scene with their debut EP Joy of Life, and continues now—with help from a host of noteworthy Atlanta musician friends—as a Revels solo project. In the wake of extensive touring, co-founder and guitarist Hudgins needed a change of pace. The original trio’s split was amicable, and led to City Mouse partnering with Tony Terrebonne (head engineer of legendary Atlanta studio ZAC Recording) to cut two last songs with the original lineup (Mobley on violin, upright bass and vocals, Revels and Hudgins on electric guitar, banjo and acoustic guitar). The recordings, dubbed The Sanguine Sessions (coming Winter 2017), include “Bloodshot Eyes,” Hudgins’ poignant waltz about love being the catalyst for kicking bad habits, as well as the Revels-penned “Blood Red Youth,” City Mouse’s latest single. According to Revels, “Blood Red Youth” is a passionate, frenetic conversation between young lovers, a song, he says, “full of the nervous energy that comes with young love. As it goes on, the dialogue becomes more intertwined and it’s difficult to distinguish one voice from another. It’s a parallel to both the figurative and physical aspects of being in and making love.”
Glide is proud to premiere the stirring folk single “Bloodshot Eyes” off the The Sanguine Sessions (below). On this five plus minute beauty, City Mouse display the polished reflection of The Milk Carton Kids and presenting a modern distillation of Appalachian folk. The sweet acoustics and strings create an almost surreal landscape where regrets are pacified and hope persevered.
City Mouse will be performing a a special album release show on January 27th at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, GA with Eliot Bronson. Tickets are still available!