Summary: Springtime is released on January 20th. David Gay relocates to Asheville, North Carolina and works with Morgan Geer on their project, The Payday Knights, which later permutates into White Heat, and, ultimately, The Unholy Trio. Max Conrad Johnson, support musician on Springtime, plays his last show with Freakwater at the Mercury Paw on New Year's Eve.
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1. Picture In My Mind (Freakwater)
2. Louisville Lip (Freakwater)
3. Twisted Wire (Sean Garrison)
4. Washed In The Blood (Freakwater)
5. Binding Twine (Freakwater)
6. One Big Onion (Freakwater)
7. Harlan (Freakwater)
8. Jesus Year (Freakwater)
9. Scamp (Freakwater)
10. Lorraine (Freakwater)
11. Slowride (Freakwater)
12. Heaven (Freakwater)
13. Flat Hand (Freakwater)
This album's title was inspired by a matchbook advertisement for an Athens, Georgia bail bonding company with the tagline "Where It's Always Springtime!".
1998.01 Freakwater is featured in issue #13 of No Depression. link
“It’s like this ambiguous ground. We ride where it takes up a lot of our lives, but we don’t do enough with it to take it to the next level. It’s like, we can’t get jobs because we’re not around enough, but we aren’t gone enough to make money. And it’s always been that way.” - Janet Bean
1998.02 Freakwater is featured in the Jan/Feb issue of Country Standard Time.
"I really have no idea where we fit in," Irwin says. "Every once in a while something will happen that makes me think that maybe people have heard of our little records. A country-type encyclopedia will have a listing for us, right next to Janie Fricke. That was one of the most thrilling moments of my life, but in general, I don't know where we belong."
1998.02 Freakwater are inteviewed by Thomas Peake for Atlanta's alternative weekly Creative Loafing.
1998.01.22 Article from Boston Phoenix.
1998.07 The oldest academic writing about Freakwater on the Internet is published.