Thanks to “Ramblin’” Randall Brown and his fine blog, I was alerted to a partcularly delightful reunion taking place in September at the 2011 Bristol & Roots Festival — Americana darlings the everybodyfields will be reuniting for a one-off show.
The band got its start in the Tri Cities area (after founders Sam Quinn and Jill Andrews met as counselors here in Blount County at Camp Wesley Woods several years ago), and after the band split in 2009, both went on to pursue solo careers. After releasing an EP in 2009, Andrews is preparing for a June release date for her first solo full-length, “The Mirror,” and she’s scheduled a CD release show at Relix Variety Theatre for Friday, July 8. Quinn, who plays with his new band Japan Ten, released his solo album “The Fake That Sunk a Thousand Ships” last year. The two relocated to East Tennessee after the everybodyfields released 2007’s “Nothing Is OK,” and they’ve considered this area home ever since.
I talked to Jill this morning, and she said that it seemed fitting for the band to reunite for a one-time-only occasion at a festival that means a great deal to them both.
“Basically, we were just asked to do it,” she said. “We haven’t played together in a really long time, formally at least. And it just seemed like a good time to get together. Rhythm & Roots is one of our favorite festivals, because it really brought us up from baby musicians to real musicians, so it seemed like an appropriate time to do this.”
And while fans of the band, who were in the process of recording a follow-up to “Nothing Is OK” when the members broke up in early 2009, are hoping for something permanent, Andrews is quick to point out that probably ain’t gonna happen.
“It’s definitely prompting a lot of, ‘Are you guys getting back together?,’ but I’m very focused on my solo career at this point, and I think Sam is, too,” she said.
Andrews hits the road next month with J.D. Souther. Quinn can be seen next on Thursday, May 26, performing with his local “super group” King Super and the Excellents at The Square Room, part of the International Biscuit Festival. The Rhythm & Roots show, Andrews, added, will feature the rest of the band as well — Blount County’s Josh Oliver on keys (a Blount County boy preparing for his new solo album) and Tom Pryor and Jamie Cook, now of The Black Lillies, on pedal steel and drums, respectively.