Traveled Ground goes 'Gypsy' for new album


Many albums released into the world are simply listened to, however very few albums are truly experienced.

An experience is what Waconia-based band Traveled Ground hopes to provide to listeners with their newest album.

The band is gearing up for the release of their fifth album “The Gypsy Kind,” set to be released on Dec. 10.

“It’s kind of refreshing,” frontman Clark Machtemes said. “We didn’t use any ProTools, any autotune, any digital enhancing of any kind.”

“The Gypsy Kind” is the band’s first album that hasn’t been mostly self-produced. Instead of self-producing again, the band teamed up with Bob Lindberg at Gravebomb Studios.

Machtemes describes the music on the upcoming album as “amongst spiritual blues, almost soulful.”

“It’s spiritual, but not in-your-face church music,” Machtemes said.

Machtemes said that the album was recorded at a variety of locations around the Twin Cities, in order to achieve the right sound for each track.

“The whole album is very natural sounding,” Machtemes said.

The new album also features Machtemes’ 12-year-old son, Mason, on drums.

“He plays a lot of shows with us,” Machtemes said. “He loves it, but we still want him to be a child yet, so he doesn’t perform with us all of the time.”

The band’s new album comes during their 27th year of playing music together, with the exception of Machtemes’ son.

“It’s been Americana music for the last 27 years and that’s what we’re going to keep doing,” Machtemes said.

However, Machtemes said he’s not entirely sure what’s in store for the band next after releasing the upcoming album.

“Obviously, it’d be great to make it to playing for 30 years and beyond, playing 50 to 60 shows a year, but who knows,” Machtemes said.

Machtemes explained that he and the other band members all work day jobs outside of being musicians, sometimes making it difficult to coordinate schedules.

Despite busy schedules, Machtemes said he already has some musical works swirling around in his head that he’s think about for the next album already.

“I jump around, I get bored, I don’t want to sit around,” Machtemes said. “I just always want to try new things.”

Traveled Ground will celebrate the release of “The Gypsy Kind” with a release party from 7 to

9 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Waconia Moravian Church at 209 E. Second St.

The album will be available for purchase at the show, as well as at Mocha Monkey, Electric Fetus in Minneapolis and other local stores.

The album will also be available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon Music, as well as available for streaming on Spotify.

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