COLLECTIVE SOUL performing in Welch, MN 12/18 (last show of 2021!)

COLLECTIVE SOUL just announced a visually powerful and socially purposeful collaboration with eco-lifestyle brand One Golden Thread through the launch of an exclusive limited edition lyrical “tree-shirt” available now online and at the band’s upcoming tour stops. Ed Roland discovered One Golden Thread and immediately connected to the brand’s message and mission – spreading the thread of benevolence. He started wearing the beech-made apparel on tour, in studio, on photoshoots and simply in everyday life. When asked, “do you feel as good as you look?” Ed responded, “even better!”
“I love people who work for the love of humans! I love One Golden Thread, plus they’re the best cloth you can put on your body. Thanks OGT!” — Ed Roland
Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent, One Golden Thread founder Jeff Scult, a longtime COLLECTIVE SOUL fan, found out Ed Roland had been wearing his clothes, and immediately knew a special collaboration had to be made. The two forces of nature met for the first time at Ed’s home in Georgia to talk about what drives them to create and their vision for a better world. View this exclusive behind the scenes conversation and performance here.
While the album title, BLOOD, maybe evoke many different thoughts and ideas, for the band, it all comes down to that same word: family. “I think BLOOD expresses where we’ve been on this life journey,” observes singer/guitarist Ed Roland. “And we’ve done so with songs featuring piano and strings to those with a lot of guitar riffs. BLOOD is an accumulation of all the different styles we’ve used over the years, but it’s still COLLECTIVE SOUL. I think it’s the best we’ve ever done. I know you should think that, but I really do think it’s the best. It’s a good, consistent record. We’re just so proud of it.”
About BLOOD’s first single, “Right As Rain,” singer/guitarist/keyboardist Ed Roland explained, “It’s a phrase I had for a while. It was one my grandmother used to tell me about–one of those old Southern things, you know? ‘C’mon, I’m gonna spank you right as rain!’ I never really knew what it meant (laughs). While I was writing it, Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow’s lead guitarist and musical director) was home one day in Atlanta, and we invited him over to play the slide-guitar solo on the song for us. We all just sat around together and jammed it out.”
From stem to stern, BLOOD delivers in full. Witness the hard-charging skitter of “Over Me,” the optimistic declaration of “Right as Rain,” the hopeful uplift of a man “Changed,” and the tender promise of “Big Sky.” The album’s final track — the reflective, poignant acoustified coda “Porch Swing” — features background vocals and tasteful dobro licks from none other than Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, who was beyond thrilled to contribute to the cause. “I’ve always been a fan of E Roland and Collective Soul’s recordings,” Shaw says. “I thought about adding more parts than what Ed asked me to do, but as someone wiser than me once said, ‘Don’t paint over the masterpiece!’”
BLOOD is the culmination of a quarter-century of COLLECTIVE SOUL assessing not only where they’ve come from, but also where they’re going. “I think BLOOD expresses where we’ve been on this life journey,” observes E Roland. “And we’ve done so with songs featuring piano and strings to those with a lot of guitar riffs. BLOOD is an accumulation of all the different styles we’ve used over the years, but it’s still COLLECTIVE SOUL. I think it’s the best we’ve ever done. I know you should think that, but I really do think it’s the best. It’s a good, consistent record. We’re just so proud of it.”
Indelibly memorable tracks like “December,” “The World I Know,” “Gel,” “Heavy,” and “Precious Declaration” (to name but a few) all evoke a collective sense of heartfelt observational universality and earnest positivity — in short, they’re the jukebox heroes of a new generation. Indeed, the secret sauce to COLLECTIVE SOUL’s continued success story is a simple one: a palpable mixture of insightful songwriting and impeccable band chemistry.
COLLECTIVE SOUL rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” The multi-Platinum quintet has a catalog of #1 hits under their belts that has helped shape and define alternative rock. They’ve sold over 20 million records worldwide and continue to average over one million Spotify streams per month. They were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
Meanwhile, bassist WILL TURPIN released his debut solo full length album, SERENGETI DRIVERS, June 8, 2018 via his own Gooey Records label. Over a four-year period, TURPIN put the work in on SERENGETI DRIVERS, the follow-up to 2011’s THE LIGHTHOUSE five-song EP which was a piano-driven power pop statement that pleasantly took many critics and fans by surprise. Some of the lyrical themes in his latest offering explore love, honesty, betrayal, spiritual boundaries and cosmic relevance.
Produced by Turpin and co-produced by Jonathan Beckner, SERENGETI DRIVERS is an 11-song showcase featuring plenty of riffs, aggressive up-tempo rockers, tender tunes, slices of Americana and Beatles-influenced numbers. They are melodically rich, deeply textured, lyrically insightful, and its title SERENGETI DRIVERS suggests, wildly adventurous, which came to TURPIN in a dream.
“At the beginning of this record, I was having this recurring dream where I was walking in the desert. I wasn’t lost, but yet I didn’t know where I was or where I was going. I would see a group of friends, and they would be driving in the desert and having fun,” Turpin said. “I’d ask, ‘Who are these Serengeti drivers? Hey, I know them!’”
“Right As Rain” lyric video
“Right As Rain” commentary video
“Good Place To Start” static video
“Good Place To Start” commentary video
“Over Me” video
“Them Blues” static video
“Them Blues” commentary video
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