For the last 26 years, Chuck Robertson has been the lead singer of the ska-punk-dixie-reggae band the Mad Caddies. Growing up in a small, rural community on the central coast of California, deep in the heart of Cowboy Wine country, there wasn’t a lot going on around. Following in the footsteps of their idols, Robertson and his bandmates gathered in garages, barns, and anywhere else they could find to try their hand at making music together.

When the pandemic started, Robertson got busy writing and recording new music, but recognized it had a different feel than what the Mad Caddies are known for, so he started a new project called Chuck Robertson and Friends. Their debut album, All Out Of Dreams, will be available July 9 through Tecolote.