Lost Dog Street Band is the project of primary singer/songwriter Benjamin Tod and his life partner Ashley Mae, who provides fiddle and harmony vocals. The pair met in the Nashville punk scene when they were teenagers, but with Lost Dog Street Band they make twangy alt-country, and as you can hear on their new album Weight of a Trigger, they do it pretty damn well. "I wanted to dig under the darkest impulses of humanity for this album, and that is violence, selfishness, and destruction," Benjamin says of the new album -- the band's fifth -- and you can hear that darkness coming through in the music. They're clearly influenced by the old-timey country, bluegrass, and blues of decades past, but they turn those influences into something that feels fresh and relatable today. They cite other contemporary acts like Hurray for the Riff Raff, Tyler Childers, and Sarah Shook as influences, and I'd add that sometimes they sound a little like The Decemberists too. The album officially comes out Friday (3/29) via Anti-Corporate Music (pre-order physical or digital), but a full stream premieres right here. Listen below.

Lost Dog Street Band are also beginning a lengthy tour in their current home state of Kentucky tonight (3/28), and they'll hit NYC's Mercury Lounge on April 24 (tickets). That show is also with Matt Heckler (who's opening most other dates on the tour) and The Tillers (who are opening a few other Northeast dates as well). All dates are listed below.

1. To Heaven From Here
2. Given Up Faith
3. Terrible And True
4. Bring Back Someday
5. Without A Doubt
6. War Inside Of Me
7. Diane
8. Weight Of A Trigger
9. Lazy Moonshiner
10. Just To Say Goodbye

Lost Dog Street Band -- 2019 Tour Dates
3/28/2019 The Burl - Lexington, KY
3/29/2019 EXIT/IN - Nashville, TN
3/30/2019 The Southgate House Revival - Newport, KY @ Taste Of The Beard
3/31/2019 Winchester Music Tavern - Lakewood, OH
4/15/2019 Woodlands Tavern - Columbus, OH*
4/16/2019 Buffalo Iron Works - Buffalo, NY*
4/18/2019 Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT*
4/19/2019 Empire Live Music & Events - Portland, ME*
4/20/2019 Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA*
4/23/2019 Middle East - Cambridge, MA*^
4/24/2019 Mercury Lounge - New York, NY*^
4/25/2019 MilkBoy - Philadelphia, PA*^
4/26/2019 Jammin Java - Vienna, VA*^
4/27/2019 Purple Fiddle - Thomas, WV*
4/28/2019 Richmond Music Hall - Richmond, VA*
4/30/2019 The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC*
5/01/2019 The Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC*
5/02/2019 Songbirds - Chattanooga, TN*
5/04/2019 Blue Canoe - Tupelo, MS*
5/06/2019 Crowbar - Ybor City, FL*
5/09/2019 Paper Tiger - San Antonio, TX*
5/10/2019 Antone's Nightclub - Austin, TX*
5/11/2019 Mama Tried Deep Ellum - Dallas, TX*
5/12/2019 White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX*
5/13/2019 Mercury Lounge - Tulsa, OK*
7/13/2019 Byrds Creek Music Festival - East Crossville, TN
7/20/2019 Master Musicians Festival - Somerset, KY
9/22/2019 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol, VA

* - w/ Matt Heckler
^ - w/ The Tillers