GospelbeacH doesn’t just appreciate the music of artists like Gram Parsons, The Band and Tom Petty; they breathe and consume its bucolic perspectives. Led by founding members Brent Rademaker and Neal Casal, the band indulges in these country-infused impulses without sacrificing their own specific identity. Equally at home in folksy, twangy and/or rocking settings, they’ve developed a way of approaching familiar sounds from unfamiliar angles. Call it Americana, roots rock or classic rock ‘n’ roll with a drawl — it’s a perfectly balanced amalgam of the band’s influences and can find a suitable home in any geography.
The band will release their latest record, “Another Winter Alive,” on Nov. 30 via Alive Naturalsound Records. It features previously unreleased tracks as well as some live songs which were recorded in London during their California Fantasy tour. The new tracks are from the same sessions that birthed their last album, 2017’s “Another Summer of Love,” while the live ones are pared-back versions of songs from their debut record, “Pacific Surf Line.”
On their recent single, “Down South,” the band reflects upon delta roots and rural experiences — including one fateful evening watching Neil Young perform at a theater near Tampa Bay. This concert, which came after Rademaker met and befriended percussionist Joe Lala while in Florida, inspired him to pen this song. The track takes the heartland rock of Tom Petty and mixes in a healthy dose of Laurel Canyon wistfulness and southern rurality, creating a sound that’s stretches across the country. The loping piano rolls, crafted with care by Jonny Niemann, alongside harmonies courtesy of singer-guitarist Jason Soda create the perfect landscape in which Rademaker’s cosmic folk-rock can be let loose to roam and explore on their own recognizance.