Franklin Tennessee's the FBR have released their haunting single “Before I Drown” from their forthcoming debut album Ghost due out on January 19 available for vinyl pre-order HERE.
The FBR is fronted by Malarie McConaha and Tim Hunter. The two met at an open mic night at Puckett’s (now Fox and Locke) the local watering hole in Leiper’s Fork outside of Nashville. The two bonded over their love of Leonard Cohen and what started as an acoustic project became a blues, roots southern rock-inspired band named to honor the Cohen song “Famous Blue Raincoat,” from his album The Songs of Love and Hate
McConaha is the band’s lead singer and electric guitar player. Tim Hunter, songwriter, acoustic guitar and harmonica player, writes much of the band’s original music. Storytelling is what he is most known for, having spent years studying classic literature and writing thousands of poems and songs to hone his craft.
“Before I Drown” is an Acoustic driven Southern Gothic-tinged tale about a friend who chose in her adult life to dull the pain of her horrific childhood with alcohol, leading to a life-consuming addiction. She wields new demons to abolish the older demons, perpetuating the cycle of darkness, and breeding more and more nightmares. As the opener on Ghost the song paints the picture of how our past experiences shape who we are today and how dark memories tend to linger and haunt us like ghosts, setting the tone of the album. Mixed by veteran Grammy-winning producer, Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Dixie Chicks, Tedeschi Trucks Band). Scott weaves piano, and electric guitar flourishes around McConha’s passionate vocal delivery and Gospel-style harmonies between her and Hunter.
The FBR will be previewing these new songs live at an acoustic residency at the Fox & Locke next month and with the full band show at the Basement in Nashville on November 17th.