All of this was shook up with his decision to return to his humble hometown on Minnesota's Iron Range in the fall of 2005. As he built his new recording studio in an old church, Ol' Yeller seemed doomed; founding drummer Keely Lane relocated to Nashville, bassist Greg McAloon started a construction company, and guitarist Andy Schultz became a father.
Rock and roll prevailed with Mattson furiously whittling away at the tracks laid since their 2004 release, "Sounder". With some 24 tunes to work with, Rich pared it down to a strong set of 12, which became the 5th Ol' Yeller album, "GOOD LUCK".
The title comes from the obvious. With all the band members going through such major life changes, the standard chorus among friends over the winter '05-'06 was, "Good luck [with that]."
Today, Ol' Yeller continues with Mattson, McAloon, Schultz, and new drummer Ryan Otte (Little Man, Tom Cruise Control, Little Dirt). Their live shows keep the embers of traditional rock and roll burning fiercely with two guitars, bass and drums. No new-fangled gizmos or samples here..just true, heartfelt, American rock music from champions of the genre with a desperate sense of hope.
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1. Jean Jacket Weather
2. You Can Laugh
3. I'm Not Worried
4. Country Hilt
5. You're Taking Over
7. Wherever You've Been
8. Be A New Man
11. The Universe
12. Go On, Now