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The Road Is Seasoning Those Darlins

of the Oakland Press

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The three members of Those Darlins weren’t quite sure what they were getting into when they launched their self-proclaimed “country punk” group a couple of years ago. But after a debut album and more than 140 shows in 2009, they’re starting to get the hang of it.

“I think earlier on, it started to feel sort of whirlwindish,” says the group’s Kelley Darlin (né Anderson), who put the group together as a founding counselor at the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp in Murfreesboro, Tenn. “Now, I feel like everyone’s gotten into the rhythm of how this life is now. We’ve been at it for a while now, so it’s almost like we’re poised and ready to go, more so than, ‘Oh no, how are we gonna keep up with all this?’ ”

Things have only gotten busier for Those Darlins since the mid-2009 release of the group’s self-titled debut album. They’re planning to release a 7-inch single with two of their favorite road songs, and they’ve added seven new songs to their live set. The release of the album in Japan later this year could mean taking their boots and spurs over there as well.

A next album is in sight, too, but Kelley says that all depends on when the group has a batch of songs it deems worthy of recording.

“Given the schedules and everything, I think it’s really hard to write on the road,” she says. “You need a long time to play and try out ideas and stare at the ceiling and think. And since we wrapped up the last album, we’ve been pretty steadily playing.

“New stuff comes along, though. Sometimes it’s fast. Sometimes it’s slow going. It’s something you can’t pinpoint, but we’ll get there eventually.”

Those Darlins, Hacienda and Vezina perform Wednesday (Feb. 10) in the Pike Room at The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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