Without question, one of the most anticipated albums of the year is Telegraph Canyon's follow-up to 2009's break-out The Tide and the Current. However, the Chris Johnson-led collective will be forging ahead with one less member.
Multiple sources confirmed to me today that multi-instrumentalist Brian McCorquodale has parted ways with the band, a little over a year and a half after joining. Telegraph Canyon spent time in Austin last month at Ramble Creek Studios to begin work on the follow-up to Current, which is tentatively set for release later this year.
I've reached out to McCorquodale for comment, and will update if/when I hear back. [See below for McCorquodale's response.]
For their part, the band, now down to six full-time members, and its management is downplaying McCorquodale's moving on.
"There's not much to 'explain' really," says Spune's Lance Yocum. "[McCorquodale] is just busy with a bunch of personal stuff and touring would be kind of hard for him this year. The other members can easily cover his parts in the studio, so that's not an issue. They may add someone at some point, or cover his parts live via the other members. Glen Farris sat in with them on their New Year's Eve show."
The band, which is scheduled to perform at this year's SXSW, has its next Fort Worth show Feb. 5 at the Where House, as part of the Fort Worth Music Outreach benefit concert.
UPDATED: This from Telegraph Canyon's Twitter feed, ostensibly from Johnson himself, just now: "[N]othing much to break. B Mc [Brian McCorquodale] wasn't at a lot of the shows and isn't a part of the past or future TC recordings. We'll miss him."
UPDATED x2: Brian McCorquodale responds: "I enjoyed playing with Telegraph; made lots of great memories with them. I simply left the band for one reason: The reward was not worth the sacrifice -- on all levels. Got nothin' but respect for the band and I know they'll go on to be greatness! As for me ... I'm six songs into a new record with a new project." McCorquodale has yet to announce what, exactly, that project is, so stay tuned for more.