They’ve only been around since 2008, but New Country Rehab has buzz worthy of a veteran band. And this outfit deserves notice!
It’s no surprise, as the musicians that contribute to this unique ensemble are all known quantities. Fiddler, lyricist and vocalist John Showman is a multi-award winning veteran of The Creaking Tree String Quartet, Skraeling, and The Foggy Hogtown Boys. He’s joined by guitarist “Champagne” James Robertson of Run With the Kittens and Elvis Bossa Nova, percussionist Roman Tomé who’s worked with Elvis Bossa Nova, Elizabeth Shepherd, and Grindig and bassist Ben Whiteley, reliable sideman to the folk stars including The Good Lovelies.
New Country Rehab’s formidable foursome combines their extensive experience on the folk, roots, country and bluegrass scenes to create a sound that is completely unique.
Poetic lyrics, oblique arrangements, rock and roll energy and a country twang are a terrific combination in this band, both on stage and on record.
In this Woodshed Session conversation, James and Ben explore how New Country Rehab developed their sound and their stage presence. The name says it all!