In 2022 Benjamin Tod and his wife and musical collaborator Ashley Mae decided to retire Lost Dog Street Band. Thankfully for the band, and their fans, today’s release ‘Brighter Shade’ is only the start of this new chapter with a new album, Survived, due out in April.
“I’m not sure if there is any other song I’ve written that gives quite the emotions this one does,” says songwriter and frontman Benjamin Tod. “It’s hard to explain but it’s somewhere between fulfilling a last will and relief from a long hard struggle.”
“I thought I was done with Lost Dog, but after recording my solo album, I looked over the songs that I had ready for a new record,” Tod shared in a press release. “These were songs for my band. I had to admit to myself that I wasn’t done with Lost Dog.
Lost Dog Street Band has revived itself with ‘Brighter Shade’. Guitar melodies intertwine with Ashley Mae’s fiddle line, providing plenty of room for a staggering mandolin part and shuffling drums. “Each day I love you more,” croons Tod, singing to his wife. “I could leave but some part of me would stay,” he adds, before concluding, “And only I can love you like I do, and you dare to trade it all for a brighter shade of blue.”
Haunting and intimate ‘Brighter Shade’ is the return fans have been hoping for from the poignant lyricist. Known for their frank and honest storytelling detailing love, loss, and addiction the wildly underrated Kentucky based band is reinvigorated with their new record.
“This record means everything,” said Tod. “It just feels like salvation.”
‘Brighter Shade’ is the first single and opening track from Lost Dog Street Band’s upcoming album Survived, out April 26th via Thirty Tigers.
Lifetime of Work
Devine To Be
Muhlenberg County Line
Son of Tennessee
Lonely Old Soul
If You Leave Me Now