Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge Find Greener Grass on New Track

Photo by Devin Pedde
Photo by Devin Pedde

In 2014, guitarists Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge received widespread critical acclaim for their debut album as a duo, Avalon, an unlikely instrumental collaboration born from friendship and mutual admiration. Since then the pair, while continuing to work on independent projects (Eldridge is a member of the Punch Brothers; Lage has a busy solo career and most recently collaborated with Nels Cline), stayed in touch, deepening their musical relationship and eventually writing and recording a sophomore album, Mount Royal.

Ahead of the album’s release, the duo has shared a new track, the complex, dizzying “Greener Grass,” a song that listens like a spirited conversation between the two acclaimed musicians.

“The seed for ‘Greener Grass’ came from a memory I had of listening to a scratchy old time fiddle recording,” Eldridge says. “I don’t remember the name of the fiddler or the tune, but I can picture the harsh and unpleasant cacophony of sounds, which was somehow still really catchy and hypnotic. ‘Greener Grass’ was my attempt to write a melodic fiddle tune that also paid homage to the delightful screech of that old time fiddle.”

Mount Royal is out February 24. Listen to “Greener Grass” below.