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NPR premiers Fairground Saints’ new track

Thomas Bellflower June 18, 2015



NPR Music’sAll Songs Considered” debuts “Turn This Car Around” from Los Angeles-based trio Fairground Saints. “There’s something particularly delicious about fightin’ words sung sugar sweet,” says NPR Music of the premiere, noting that the band “strikes the balance delectably on their latest song.” Fairground Saints’ self-titled debut is out August 21 on Verve. Stream the new track on NPR Music HERE or YouTube HERE.

“This early in their career, Fairground Saints could lean into their bluegrass twang and end up a poppier Nickel Creek, or they could land fully in those radio-friendly vocals and Top 40 choruses and rival Lady Antebellum or Lennon & Maisy,” says NPR Music, “in the meantime, the blend they’ve got now is charming, with a kick.”

The album—produced by Matthew Wilder (No Doubt/Christina Aguilera)—will be available for pre-order on iTunes June 23. The band will play a string of California dates throughout the summer in support of the album; see below for full tour itinerary. The first two tracks from the band, including debut single “Can’t Control the Weather” and “Ain’t Much for Lyin,’” are streaming on Spotify HERE. “Can’t Control the Weather” is also available for purchase on iTunes HERE.

Mason Van Valin (vocals and guitar), Elijah Edwards (vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, Dobro, accordion) and Megan McAllister (vocals, guitar, dulcimer) met by chance. “We gelled quickly and started making music together right away,” says McAllister, “it was almost like we were already family.” The trio began getting songs together for their debut album and in 2014 landed a deal with The Verve Music Group/Universal Records to release it.

In making Fairground Saints, the band shook off all inhibitions in their creativity, taking a playful approach in writing and recording. This allowed them to hold true to their vision of creating what McAllister calls a “very love-driven album.” “There’s no filter on the emotion coming through in our songs,” notes Edwards, “they’re all based in visceral feeling, and the lyrics are as real as a conversation you could be having with an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend.” For instance, “‘Ain’t Much for Lying’ is a song about being with somebody else while your dating somebody,” says Van Valin, “it was my lack of bravery to have that conversation with my girlfriend at the time so I put it in a song.” However, in “Turn This Car Around,” where all three members wrote the lyrics, you get both sides of the story. “It’s kind of that back and forth story where you get it from his perspective and then her perspective,” McCallister explains.

“If the upside of focusing in on something you don’t necessarily like about yourself is that other people might eventually benefit from it, then that’s all right with us,” says Van Valin. “Music has made me realize I wasn’t alone more times than I can count, and I want to put that back into the world.”


June 18                                                       The Basement                                             Nashville, TN
June 25                                      Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub                         Sacramento, CA
June 26                                                    Hopmonk Tavern                                        Sebastopol, CA
June 27                                                     The Crepe Place                                         Santa Cruz, CA
June 29                                                    Pierce Vineyards                                          Monterey, CA
June 30                                                     Strummers Club                                               Fresno, CA
July 01                                                          SLO Brew                                    San Luis Obispo, CA
September 18                                            Kaaboo Festival                                          San Diego, CA


  1. Ain’t Much for Lyin’
    2. Can’t Control the Weather
    3. All For You
    4. Church
    5. Still
    6. Gossip Land
    7. Wish I Was
    8. Until Then
    9. Sunday Lover
    10. Made to be Forgotten
    11. Turn this Car Around
    12. Somethin’ from Nothin’

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