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Ian McFeron Band plays in Lynwood

Ian McFeron brings his band to Bainbridge Island for a concert at the Treehouse Café on Saturday, Nov. 23. - Katilin Banfill photo
Ian McFeron brings his band to Bainbridge Island for a concert at the Treehouse Café on Saturday, Nov. 23.
— image credit: Katilin Banfill photo

The Treehouse Cafe will welcome the Ian McFeron Band live in concert on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Ian McFeron is touring to promote his new album “Time Will Take You,” which was recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy-nominated guitarist and producer Doug Lancio.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $12.

McFeron will be joined on stage by longtime friends and musical accompanists Alisa Milner on fiddle, cello and harmony vocals; Norman Baker on bass and harmony vocals; and Mark Bateman on drums.

“Time Will Take You” is McFeron’s seventh studio record, and the folk-rock album also includes two of Ryan Adams’ Cardinals (drummer Brad Pemberton and pedal steel player Jon Graboff) as well as Nashville-based piano and organ player Micah Hulscher and two from McFeron’s road band (Milner and Baker).

Before the new songs ever reached the studio, though, the album was nearly waylaid by a possible career change.

McFeron had had spent the better part of the previous decade touring nationally and internationally, averaging 200 shows a year.

Unexpectedly, he was offered a job teaching in an inner-city school.

“It was sort of like, ‘You want a change of pace, well, here you go,’” McFeron said. “At first I was excited about the idea of trying something new, but the more I thought about it the less sure I was about anything.”

Weighing the decision through his music, the Seattle based singer-songwriter wrote “That’s The Truth” about getting unstuck and searching for new bearings.

“A bunch of new themes started opening up for me,” he said. “I realized I had love in my life, I had music to write, I was making enough money to get by. These were solutions to the struggles I was facing and they became cardinal directions in writing the album.”

McFeron decided to take the new material out on the road. While touring through Nashville, he reconnected with Lancio, who had produced his last album, “Summer Nights,” and Pemberton, who had played drums.

“I actually wrote a lot of the new songs with Doug and Brad in mind,” McFeron said. “There’s just something infectious about the way they approach their instruments. They both have this laid-back, Nashville swagger and, after we made ‘Summer Nights,’ it somehow worked its way into my writing.”

The songs are a change from albums McFeron has recorded in the past.  There are less stories of heartbreak, and more stories from the road.

“It’s a brighter record than ‘Summer Nights,’ which I loved for its late-night, introspective mood,” McFeron said. “The new songs are more upbeat and fun. It’s a much more playful album, but it still digs into some soul searching, especially in the latter half.”

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