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Wide Western Renaissance
Wide Western Renaissance is a new full-length album from alternative, alt-country artist Decoyote from Austin, Texas. The album was recorded between Lockhart and Austin, and is produced by longtime friend and guitarist, Jacob Hildebrand (Miranda Lambert).
Wide Western Renaissance consists of eight new original tunes that document Decoyote's transformative journey through 2020; the collection offering a variety of hopeful responses to the unavoidable predicament our society has endured, also shedding some deeper perspective and insight from the artist's personal journey of reconciliation and healing.
The album opens with an auspicious yet unsuspecting tune called "Flowers", a melodic single Decoyote hoped would draw some attention, blossom and further bloom into a promising year of local Austin performances and extensive regional touring.
Decoyote and Hildebrand discussed plans to make an album together in November 2019, and began pre-production with "Flowers" in Lockhart with drummer and percussionist Fred Mandujano.
Pre-production of the "Flowers" tracks from Mandujano's living room brought a unique, vintage character to the arrangement, and would serve as a template for how Hildebrand and Decoyote approached the rest of the project.
Interestingly, the tune came from a songwriting prompt provided by Austin's tunesmith and word-woman, Kate Howard, who warmly invited Decoyote to join her songwriting group after the two met in 2016. The song holds a special place for Decoyote because it represents a re-entry into songwriting as an active participant in Austin's songwriting community, and is, in fact, a product of the very first prompt from Howard's songwriting group.
Wide Western Renaissance finishes out with an aptly-titled, loopy track called "The Right Dose", providing a philosophical antidote and introducing the listener to what this past year has distilled into the artist's purity of essence -- Austin's analogue psychedelic cowboy.
The album features some of Austin's finest musician friends: Sean Giddings (Christopher Cross, Pat Green, Alejandro Escovedo), Brian Douglas Phillips (David Ramirez), Fletch Wiley, Alexander "Z" Lynch and Fred Mandujano (David Ramirez, Hays Carll, David Grissom, Tony Levin).