With members of the band hailing from Australia and England, it’s safe to assume how they came up with the name The Greencards.
“Yeah, very safe,” said founding member, singer and mandolin player Kym Warner. “We wanted a name that was easily recognized with people who have seen us and might ask, ‘What’s the name of that band again?’ They would remember because we were a couple of foreigners. You know, something a little comical, but a decent name.”
The Greencards, a progressive bluegrass band currently based in Nashville, will celebrate the release of their new album, “Sweetheart of The Sun,” on Friday, Oct. 25, with a concert at Jammin Java in Vienna.
Warner said “Sweetheart of The Sun” marks the first time the band has tried putting together a theme album.
“We wrote a collection of songs as sort of a whole album from start to finish and some pieces in the middle that fit together,” Warner said. “The theme of the album is really heavily based around water … movement and motion. The genesis of that came from Carol [Young], who had an idea to write a song in response to ‘Weather and Water,’ which was a song from back in 2005 and it was the title track of that record. We wrote a song that ended up being called ‘Black, Black Water,” which is the third track on the new record.”
For the previous album, “The Brick Album,” the band came up with the “Buy A Brick” campaign, in which fans could help fund the creation of the album in exchange for getting the album earlier, plus having their name put on the album artwork. While that worked really well for “The Brick Album,” Warner said there was no thought into doing that again for “Sweetheart of The Sun.”
“It was an amazing experience to have so many people to contribute and want to be a part of it,” Warner said of “The Brick Album.” “It went really well and I know it’s a rather prominent way in music these days where people are getting crowdfunding and it’s great, but we didn’t feel it was right to sort of back up and do that again after ‘The Brick Album.’ This was more of a collaboration with artists who came in and helped with the record. It went great — and never say never because I’d certainly consider doing it again — but we didn’t feel it was the right thing this time.”
With success inevitably comes the comparisons. For The Greencards, that means getting compared to other successful bluegrass bands, such as Nickel Creek as well as Alison Krauss and Union Station. Warner said he and the band are honored by the comparison, but they are out to make a name for themselves.
“If you’re going to be compared, they’re pretty good people to be compared to,” Warner said. “Certainly we’ve drawn music from those guys. I think we’re our own entity. Comparisons are always going to come up and there’s no way of ever being void of that. I’d certainly rather be compared to Alison Krauss and Nickel Creek than some other artists.”
With this new album, and their music overall, Warner said he hopes fans take away a good feeling.
“With the new record, I really hope people just experience the journey,” Warner said. “Just listening to the whole album for 45 or 50 minutes and really feel like they’ve been taken somewhere. That was the intent of the music. Our live show is much the same. We have an ebb and flow to our live shows. We’re not a rock ’n’ roll band that goes out and plays full throttle for two hours. We have a lot of dynamic in our shows.
“We try to go on a musical journey and that’s what we kind of hope people get out of it.”