“These songs are snapshots of an American life culled from experience with what we feel are universal messages,” says The Get Ahead co-leader, singer-songwriter, guitarist Nathan Earle.
The Americana soul quintet’s latest EP, Mind Is A Mountain (Jullian Records), is a watershed artistic entry born from tragedy, profound relationship shifts, frustrating band lineup reshuffles, and a highly transformative experience working with Grammy Award-winning producer, Son Little (The Roots, RJD2, and Mavis Staples).
The quintet mines an amalgam of classic rock, swampy blues, vintage soul, R&B, country, and gospel, and count as inspiration artists as diverse as Sam Cooke, The Coasters, King Khan, Bill Withers, Ike & Tina, X, Wanda Jackson, Freddy King, and Otis Redding.
The latest edition of The Get Ahead showcases the five-piece evolving from retro-soul evangelists to a more mature and distinct identity where soul is implied by simmering grooves, yearning vocals, and purposeful lyrics. The Get Ahead is Nathan Earle, vocals, guitar, Juliet Howard, vocals, Sean Farrell, bass, Angie Johnson sax, violin, and backing vocals, and Danny Johnson drums.
Glide is proud to premiere “To The Wild” (below) off of Mind Is A Mountain, a rowdy and boisterous composition that is snug for a jubilee. The Get Ahead set themselves apart from others in the crowded retro soul movement with hearty musicianship and legit vocals reminiscent of Tedeschi Trucks Band and Grace Potter.
“‘To The Wild” is a call to women to rise up and speak from their power – to be bold, fearless, and wild. We may break, we may fail, we may burn, but from that hurt, we are strengthened and emblazoned with a power that is unstoppable,” says Howard. “It is about empowerment, a remembrance of the strength of those before us, a calling forth of this power and a reclamation of it.”