Streams: Collective Soul’s Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project, “Love Won’t Bring Us Down” (2013)

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Ed Roland has left his post with Collective Soul before, working with the supergroup Kings of Chaos. But the Sweet Tea Project is more personal, closer to his roots in the Atlanta, Georgia, area.

From its name — a tip of the hat to Deep South’s favorite drink — to a lineup that includes former pre-Collective Soul bandmate Christopher Alan Yates, everything about the Sweet Tea Project speaks to its homey beginnings in Roland’s hometown coffeehouse scene.

The Sweet Tea project has already opened for Band of Horses, and saw its take on Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” on the all-star four-disc set Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. Next comes a full-length debut album called Devils n’ Darlins, due September 3, 2013 via 429 Records, heralded by this advance single.

Roland returns to Collective Soul in 2014, when the band will be mounting a massive world tour in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

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