EXCLUSIVE! ‘Sailing By’ by Digg


Digg: like Bob Marley, they’re jamming! Pic: Ojessefriesen Photography

This week’s Thursday exclusive comes from five-piece Colorado jam band Digg, who draw on a wide range of musical influences

Our regular Thursday track exclusive comes this week from Digg – a jam band based in Colorado, USA. The cut they’re kindly debuting to Songwriting readers today is Sailing By, the second of two singles trailing their debut album There Are Days, which is due to be released on 20 November.

Digg consist of Will Crossland on guitar and vocals, Aaron Sandry on drums, Jesse Darrow on bass, Chris Whiteley on saxophone and Joshua Rutherford on keyboards. The band got together in Denver in 2012 and have since played over 100 live shows, including support slots for the likes of George Porter Jr (The Meters), The Main Squeeze and The Revivalists. Regulars on the US jam band circuit, they describe themselves as “using their rock, funk and blues influences to create a mixed genre sound”.

Of Sailing By itself, they tell us: “The song is a contemplation on losing someone very dear, inspired by both the sadness of the loss and joy they brought to life. The tone of the song reflects this duality with a ponderous verse and celebratory bridge.”

The hype sheet for this one makes comparisons to fellow jam bands Umphry’s McGee and String Cheese Incident, as well as Steely Dan. The best way we can describe it is “imagine Red Snapper if they were fronted by Terence Trent D’Arby,” but as ever, you can see what you think for yourselves…

Like that? Then find Digg on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, or at their own website.

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