That's what happens when guys grow up, their lives get busy “and then everybody starts having babies,” Overn said. Time slips away.
The guys now have 12 kids between them, and they have jobs and hobbies and all kinds of other things to keep them busy. But despite the full schedules, there haven't been any breaks in performing together as a band.
“It's kind of my social life,” Bloedel said. “I don't bowl. I don't play softball on a team. My social life has to do with these guys. They've been great pals for years and years.”
“Got a Kleenex?” Loren said, pretending to wipe the corner of his eye.
For more than a decade, there also haven't been breaks in talking about putting out a fourth album at some point. It was always the plan, but making time was hard.
“The conversation never stopped,” Eric said. “We've been having the conversation for 14 years.”
“There comes a point where you're sort of on auto pilot for a while,” Bloedel said. “You're singing the songs you've always sung.”
But a while back, the conversation became, “What if we actually did this?” Bloedel said. And since they'd continued to write music over the years, their fourth album actually came together pretty easily.
Bloedel's friend and colleague Benji Inniger recorded the band at Bethany Lutheran College, where the two teach, and also in his basement. And “Where You Are Now” was born.
The cover image is separated into four different landscapes, with a guitar in the center that is in part of each square. Overn said the idea was to show that time passes, but the music remains constant in their lives.
“We've gone from young men to fathers to slightly older men,” Overn said, inciting a few chuckles.