As the first band to play in New York’s iconic Wetlands venue, the roots of Caboose of new potatoes date back to the early days of the jam scene, where they started with trade shows and went on to share stages with artists like Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band and legendary downstairs artists such as The Band and the Neville Brothers. NPC was even featured in the Sundance documentary Wetlands Preserved, and by the early 90s the band were playing over 200 dates a year and garnering press in Pollstar, Billboard and Variety.
It was during a recent concert that the inspiration for a new album came. The vibe was so sweet that the band was hit with a mutual “a-ha moment” and set the wheels in motion on a project that would include unrecorded gems, live favorites and brand new songs. The band were fortunate that John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Ben Folds, Lukas Nelson) was inspired to produce the project, tapping into the roots of the music scene they all share. John also brought in a talented team from the Red Light Management/DMB family, including engineering genius Jeff Moxley (Blues Traveler, Plain White T’s, The Chainsmokers) and LA mastering ace Whynot Jansveld (The Wallflowers , Sara Bareilles, Crash Test Dummies). The band and production team lived and recorded together at Haunted Hollow, Dave Matthews’ private studio in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The end product is It Ain’t a Thing, a snapshot that manages to capture both the origins of the NPC and the magic that is happening right now. As a crowd-funded, independently produced album, Caboose fans will share in a significant part of its success. On It Ain’t a Thing, you can hear the band deftly integrating influences from the laid-back party vibe of Little Feat, the mystical innovation of the Grateful Dead, the shimmering vocals of Crosby, Stills and Nash, and the relatable terror Of the band. These elements are performed and shaped by the extraordinary talents of members Doug Pritchett (acoustic guitar, vocals), Don Laux (rhythm guitar, vocals), John “Red” Redling (keyboards, vocals), Tim Pruitt (lead guitar, vocals), Mike Mahoney (bass) and the powerful double drum sound of John Trupp and John McConnell. Blend the band’s original songwriting and the skills of the production team, and the result is a broad sound that’s unique to New Potato Caboose.