New Sweden's concert at the Buzz Ware Village Center in Arden on Friday puts a shiny and much-needed bow on their two-week long "Gone Fishing Tour."
They'll share the bill with the Philadelphia-based outfit Toy Soldiers.
Offering tunes flavored in Americana, folk and indie rock ingredients, New Sweden, based in Bear, hit the open sea for their Gone Fishing Tour on March 7. The epic adventure brought them to performances in North Carolina, Louisiana, as well as a handful of unofficial gigs at the recent South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival in Texas. Yesterday while sailing from Ohio to Delaware, the crew's mighty vessel was capsized by a nasty wave that forced a three-hour delay (their RV caught a flat tire).
Tonight they'll voyage to Pennsylvania for a show, before ending the tour with a bang in Arden tomorrow night. The gig will mark their first in Delaware in a while.
"I think everyone is excited," said violinist Laura Beth Jewell, 27, of Glenville, Pa., during a phone interview on Wednesday from aboard the band's mighty vessel before their concert in Ohio. "Everyone misses their family."
Walking on 'Eggshells'
Special to their concert at The Buzz will be a few new songs the six-piece outfit will introduce, which might include the bluegrass-y tunes "Eggshells" and "Way Up North."
"Eggshells" is written by Jimmy Dukenfield (bass, vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin and pump organ) and is a tale about "moving cautiously" and not upsetting those around you, Jewell explained. Jewell, the only lady in the band, added "Way Up North" is penned by Billy Dobies (frontman, guitar, mandolin and harmonica) and speaks of "being betrayed by a friend and moving on with your life and not looking back and letting the betrayal get you down; it's kind of a 'screw you' anthem."
Since they already have enough new songs under their belt for a new album, Jewell said a fresh New Sweden record is certainly on the horizon, though a release date hasn't been set. The band's last project was "The Mountain," released in 2011.
IF YOU GO
WHAT New Sweden and Toy Soldiers in concert
Page 2 of 2 - WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, March 22
WHERE Arden Buzz Village Center, 2119 The Highway, Arden
INFO ardenbuzzware.com or 475-3516