Indy: You're almost a decade into your career. But you've just released your best album yet [Good to Be] and have better distribution for your albums than ever [through Thirty Tigers/RED]. How do you look at where your career is at now?
EA: It's such a slow road we've taken. And honestly, it's a good road. I think that if it happened overnight, we'd be gone already. The way we're going at it is, we're winning the right kinds of people that will stick around for the long haul. And we get to work with Thirty Tigers, which is what we wanted to do. We felt they would be best-equipped to sell this record and to pitch it. We've gotten more [radio] adds already than we did on the entire [cycle] for our last album. I feel like right now it's like the sky's the limit.
Indy: You've said that your producer, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, had lots of ideas for improving songs and really challenged you during the making of Good to Be. What did you learn from working with him?
EA: Really [I learned about] the art of making records. I feel like I could produce somebody else a lot better now. I just feel like I learned things, not only just musical things, but the way he interacted with us to get things out of us. He's just a really easy person to get along with. Very challenging and motivational, but not a dick.
Indy: Your sound is still rootsy rock, but the melodic side of your music comes out strongly on this album. Why has that element become a bigger part of your songwriting?
EA: I've got a lot of history with the Beatles, and that's the best pop music out there. I think kind of getting in tune with that pop side was an important step for me, and that's kind of gotten us to where we're at right now.
At Denver's Walnut Room, Feb. 27.