Cory, Adriel and Little Jack were then joined by Jack’s longtime collaborator Patrick Keeler (The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes) on drums.
With Patrick and Jack’s driving rhythm section the albums’ sound took on a grittier hue.
At the age of 25, Cory signed with a major record label.
While he fully embraced the opportunity it offered him, over time he began to experience firsthand how his artistic nature was being stifled and his music viewed as a commodity that was sold for a specific price.
Chisel and the Wandering Sons toured in support of Norah Jones in 2012.Also a part of Mile 2 were the Baseball Project, Langhorne Slim, Robert Ellis, Sturgill Simpson and more than 200 other artists.Originally calling themselves simply The Wandering Sons the band, which included Cory Chisel, released their debut album entitled Again From The Beginning in 2004.Chisel played an excellent country rock set at a celebration of Gram Parsons and the Foundation established in his name – Cory was aided most ably by singer Adriel Denae and a band belonging to his friend Brendan Benson.The Refuge is a non-profit organization providing sanctuary for the pursuit of creative expression through music and art. I am dedicating my life to helping artists preserve their passion for the truthful expression of their authentic selves.” Raised in small towns in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Cory connected with the power of song and the spellbinding possibilities of live performance at an early age – through the music he heard in church.Despite this, Cory went on to become a critically acclaimed recording artist who was deemed one of 2009’s Best New Artists by Rolling Stone for his RCA release Death Won’t Send a Letter.In 2012 he released Old Believers, and in 2015 Cory was nominated for his first GRAMMY award (Best American Roots Song) for his role as co-songwriter alongside Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell for the song The Traveling Kind.For Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons‘ next tour, they’ll be co-headlining with California band Dawes this February and March.They play a Friday, February 19th show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom. Jason Boesel will be opening at Bowery and all other dates on te tour.Its lead song, the Benson/Chisel co-written “Born Again,” is posted above, and the video for it, featuring both of them, is below.Chisel and Brendan Benson toured together in late 2009."I had duo hawks at one point," says Chisel, chatting on a cell phone while traveling to Grand Rapids, Michigan for a show. ("I'm going to write the perfect 'mother' song and make it up to her," he promises.) They all found common ground in music: mom played the piano while dad preached and Cory was dragooned into the choir, which rarely amounted to more than a few 80 year old men and a handful of unhappy kids.Black Seal has since ceased to exist and the band remains independent.Chisel also helped launch a music festival, Mile of Music, in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he spent several years of his youth.