"Hello folks, Here's the short version of this update: The new record is officially done - and you can preview a track from it HERE! Now, for the longer version: This is a different record than many of you might expect. As you all know, it's been a long time. A long time since I put out a new record, a long time since I've driven around the country, a long time since I've woken up in the morning on a couch in Washington, D.C. and gone to bed on a couch at night in Charlotte. And this note is to tell you what I've been doing. I grew up. Grew up and grew out of the habit of writing songs on the acoustic guitar. It's not that I don't still love to write songs on the acoustic guitar. It's that I started listening to a lot of music that got me feeling like I needed to write from a different direction. That new direction is an entirely new project, and it's been about two years in the making. I spent 2009 writing and recording between 40 and 50 songs, and it wasn't the same kind of recording I had been doing for five years. It was electric guitars and pianos and lots of drums and feedback and vocal layers. It got me totally thrilled about music again - the way that I was thrilled when I first picked up an acoustic guitar - but in a new light. This new project is called Fort Frances, and Aaron Kiser, Jeff Piper and I are very, very excited to share it with you. It's more than a band name - it's kind of a mindset, a place where experimenting with writing and instruments and lyrics leads to the most insanely unique sounds. This record took us two years to finish - for now, please head over to fortfrancesmusic.com to see a two-minute video about how it all came together. And for a free download from the record, sign up for the Fort Frances email list so we can write you love letters when we hit the road in the early part of 2011. Rock, david"