May 2022 Slated For The Band’s First Collection For New West Records
49 Winchester will release Fortune Favors The Bold on May 13th, 2022 via New West Records, featuring lead single ‘Annabel‘, which premiered exclusively on SPIN last week. The 10-track set was co-produced by the band and Stewart Myers (O.A.R., The Infamous Stringdusters) with additional recording & production by Kenny Miles (Wayne Graham).
Formed on Winchester Street in the small mountain town of Castlewood, Virginia (population: 2,045), 49 Winchester started as a group of neighbourhood teenage friends set on a calculated DIY path. In 2014 they independently released their eponymous debut, followed by 2018’s The Wind, and 2020’s celebrated III.
Reflecting on his early days as a jack-of-all-trades stonemason, where it was about trying to make ends meet in an effort to keep the band rolling along, frontman Gibson can’t help but be grateful for a well-earned notion at the core of the band’s ethos — anything worthwhile in life is built brick-by-brick. “Everything has to be built. And very few people are going to achieve success overnight,” says Gibson. “We didn’t start out as a bunch of hot shot pickers out of Nashville. We started out on the ground floor — very basic songwriting and instrumentation. But we kept working at it, always progressing in what we wanted to do and how we wanted to sound — each song better than the previous one, the show this evening better than last night.”
Since their formation, there have been hundreds of shows and thousands of miles between the starting line in Castlewood and where 49 Winchester stands today as a rapidly rising band. In its essence, Fortune Favors The Bold is about going against all odds to bring your art into fruition and into the world.
Quickly becoming a standout live act, 49 Winchester have been confirmed to support Whiskey Myers on their Tornillo Summer Tour. The band is also set to appear at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion and multiple appearances at the SXSW Music Festival next month. Additionally, the band are confirmed for this year’s Floydfest (where they were named the winner of the “On The Rise” award at last year’s festival), Merlefest, Red Wing Roots Music Fest, and will also return to the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, where they have solidified themselves as a fan favourite. Full USA tour dates below, with more to be announced soon.
Fortune Favors The Bold will be available across digital retailers, on CD, and standard black vinyl. A stamped & numbered to 500 bronze colour vinyl edition will be available exclusively via Vinyl Me, Please while a limited, translucent orange vinyl edition will be available at independent retailers. An autographed, “Seaglass Blue” colour vinyl edition limited to 500, as well as limited edition autographed compact discs are available for pre-order now via New West Records.
49 Winchester – Fortune Favors The Bold Track Listing
2. Man’s Best Friend
3. Russell County Line
4. All I Need
5. Hillbilly Daydream
6. Damn Darlin’
7. Fortune Favors The Bold
8. Second Chance
10. Last Call