After playing 213 shows in 2019 touring was cut off due to the pandemic in 2020, leaving The Josephines without funding to complete the followup to their 2017 EP "Sober Up". So, they turned to their fans via Kickstarter. In a remarkable display of support, within three days last July they met their goal of $15,000 and fans continued to support their efforts culminating in 154 backers pledging $26,763 to the project in just 23 days. According to their Kickstarter campaign, the money funded "mastering, printing/pressing, customer engagement experiences and of course the ever essential t-shirts".
"Cocaine or Cowboys", the resulting album, actually began with John McBride in Nashville's Blackbird Studios in 2019. However, the completion of the project took place at Jon Lawhon's Monocle Studio. Jon Lawhon and Chris Robertson of Black Stone Cherry served as co-producers. Guest musicians on the album include co-producer Robertson (lead guitar vocals), Cody Beck (fiddle), Robbie Crowell (keys) and Nate Davis (keys). The Josephines are Brad Tabor (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin), Zach Lindsey (lead guitar, vocals), Alex Lindsey (lead guitar, pedal steel, lap steel, vocals) and David Page (drums, percussion).
"Cocaine or Cowboys" is available at https://thejosephines.net/ on vinyl or CD along with other merch from the band. The album is also available on all streaming services as well as Mellow Matt's Music and More locally. Two of the ten tracks have already been realized as videos. A pre-release party at Tidballs was also recorded for their YouTube channel.