In March of 2020, The Talbott Brothers played their first and final show of a highly anticipated national tour before the COVID-19 pandemic forced venues to close their doors. In the midst of touring their sophomore album ‘Ghost Talker’, which was garnering attention from ‘Rolling Stone’ and ‘Billboard’ and selling out shows across the United States, the band’s momentum came to a screeching halt. Nick and Tyler Talbott, who have been dubbed road dogs for the majority of their career, were now running in place and facing their demons.
Being born and raised in Imperial, Neb., a rural town of 1,800 people near the borders of Colorado and Kansas, they returned to their roots writing songs and drinking whiskey until the world went back to normal. While embracing small-town life and living off the grid in an airstream and sprinter van they went their separate ways traveling the country in search of themselves and a life outside of music. The repercussions of a life lived on the run had drenched them both in sorrow and joy through the birth of a child, separation, and the loss of relationships and loved ones. Seeking to find answers for the current state of their hearts they turned back to music and the album ‘Letters’ was born.
The collection of songs began as scraped together thoughts, journal entries and voice memos captured while traveling coast to coast. Nick and Tyler collaborated with long-time friend and producer Justin Abel at his studio in the woods just outside of Portland. The unresolved emotions of pain, fear, lost love, anxiety, and self-sabotage had finally caught up. At the core of the album are the marks of trauma, grief, and a desire for purpose. ‘Letters’ is heavy, dark and descriptive; filled with words and melodies poured out from troubled hearts burdened by mistakes and seeking redemption. It is both bloody and beautiful, and it is nothing if not honest.