Ed Rolandís offshoot from Collective Soul, Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project released their debut album at the beginning of the month. The album is called Devils Ďn Darlins and the music started out with just some friends having fun and making some music in Rolandís studio in Atlanta. Then, tons of different musicians rolled through and contributed to the album. The celebrated songwriter and Collective Soul frontman recently took the time to chat with Alternative Addiction about Sweet Tea and how this project is keeping him inspired for the next Collective Soul record.
ďWe didnít set out to make a record,Ē said Roland. ďThere wasnít a true band when we made this. If you look on the record, I think there are eight guitar players, it was just whoever showed up from night to night. There werenít any expectations, other than just making songs and having fun. Now that we have the band and we have the music and weíve been doing some new stuff, itís a great start for Sweet Tea and an excellent start to show where itís going to go.Ē
Sweet Tea isnít going to be a one off thing. Itís safe to say that there will be another Sweet Tea album after this one. Still, right now itís new and exciting. Because of Rolandís interesting perspective of being in a well-known band for over a decade and then starting a new group, Roland said the way he feels and the buzz he gets working on both projects is similar.
ďItís still exciting. I donít think itís much different. Collective Soul started out as a song-based band. Thatís the same way Sweet Tea started, just off of songs. To be able to be very blessed with Collective Soul, then to come around twenty years later and start something new, and still feel excitement, that makes me know that I did chose the right career path. [laughs] Iím still excited after twenty years. Iím thrilled to death with this too. There are different personalities and different types of songs but itís still really exciting.Ē
Roland has written over twenty songs for Sweet Tea and more music keeps coming. During the bandís upcoming live shows, he said that they were planning on playing some songs that didnít make it on the record in addition to the songs that ended up being featured. He also said that Sweet Tea has him ready to make another Collective Soul album too.
ďItís inspiring and that will translate over to the next Collective Soul. Deanís done his project, Joelís done his, and Willís done his. Itís been healthy for all of us to kind of branch out
ĒThis will be the longest weíve gone between records. Three years ago I went home and wrote what Iíll call the first record off of the next release. Then I wrote another one. After Sweet Tea, I got all inspired again and I wrote another half of a record. I started showing the guys the other night and they seem to be excited about the direction Iím taking the music. We start that in a couple of months, trying to stay ahead of the game. Weíll stay in Atlanta, and thatís easier, thereís families involved now. When youíre traveling and on tour you donít see your family. So if you can record and be home, then itís nice. Everybodyís in a better mood, trust me.Ē
Sounds like the new Collective Soul album will feature more than one album, that sounds pretty interesting. For now though, we can enjoy music from The Sweet Tea project. You can download the album off of iTunes and you can look up upcoming tour dates and more at www.thesweetteaproject.com.