Seven years after the release of their critically-acclaimed album The Outcasts Will Make a Strong Nation, The Wells return to recording in the form of a digital single, "Gem of Egypt" backed with "Leave the Century". The single can be downloaded at Mingo Town Music: http://mingotownmusic.com/music
 
Both recordings are the result of a recent studio session for a new Wells album. In "Gem of Egypt," a man reflects on his complicated feelings about working on one of the largest strip-mining machines ever built—the GEM of Egypt, an earth-mover active in southeast Ohio until the late 1980s. The more ambiguous "Leave the Century" pieces together fragments of history and bitterness, impossible outrun.
 
The Wells formed in the fall of 2002 at Victorian's Midnight Café in Columbus, Ohio. Soon after, the Wells released an EP, New Death Valley Blues (out of print), and followed that with The Outcasts Will Make a Strong Nation. Columbus' The Other Paper said "The Wells' willingness to stray from convention is the ace up their sleeve," while the website Americana UK said, "The punk attitude is apparent throughout without ever getting in the way—it is energy, an approach, and a willingness to play around with form."

Although The Wells' frequency of shows and recordings has changed, they continue to work on a new record to be released in 2014. Having recently been proud members of the Singing Moon Records roster, they are happy to find a new home in Mingo Town.
Seven years after the release of their critically-acclaimed album The Outcasts Will Make a Strong Nation, The Wells return to recording in the form of a digital single, "Gem of Egypt" backed with "Leave the Century". The single can be downloaded at Mingo Town Music: http://www.mingotownmusic.com
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  1. 1 Gem of Egypt 03:26
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  2. 2 Leave the Century 03:00
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  3. 3 I Shot Tom Joad 04:26
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  4. 4 Hanging Tree 04:26
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  5. 5 Big Tent Revival 03:11
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  6. 6 Knockdown Dragout 04:17
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  7. 7 Hard Way to Go 05:45
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  8. 8 Blood Always Tells 04:18
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(above - The Wells w/guitarist Mark Sims)

Some reviews of THE OUTCASTS WILL MAKE A STRONG NATION:

"The Wells' willingness to stray from convention is the ace up their sleeve..." - Rick Allen, THE OTHER PAPER

"What really makes this album stand out is the characters in the songs." - NINEBULLETS.NET

"Talk about anti-heroes, we have characters here that Cormac McCarthy would love to create." - TWANGVILLE

"It's a Cracker! Where other bands choose to brood, The Wells kick out the jams as they chase the devil." - MilesofMusic

"Simple but rich, bringing to mind smooth whiskey and the stomp of a boot on a bare plank floor." - Melissa Starker, ALIVE

"...a gem [in] the long line of albums that fall into the realm of 'Americana'." - Aaron Beck, COLUMBUS DISPATCH

"The punk attitude is apparent throughout without ever getting in the way - it is energy, an approach, and a willingness to play around with form. It isn’t bondage trousers and a soap Mohican." - AMERICANA UK

The Outcasts Will Make A Strong Nation

The Wells

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  1. 1 Hanging Tree 04:26
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  2. 2 I Shot Tom Joad 04:26
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  3. 3 Cedar Hill 03:37
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  4. 4 Three Day Drunk 04:58
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  5. 5 Big Tent Revival 03:11
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  6. 6 Knockdown Dragout 04:17
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  7. 7 Hard Way to Go 05:45
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  8. 8 I Had a Dream, Jesse 03:45
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  9. 9 Blood Always Tells 04:18
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  10. 10 Blood Always Tells 04:18
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  11. 11 Sixteen Coaches Long 08:09
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  12. 12 Red Shirt Era 02:12
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