MADE TO MOVE: The questions on Josh Rouse's The Embers of Time cut deeper than pop-savvy musings on love found and lost. But the singer-songwriter's trademark sense of groove prevails.

Josh Rouse on existentia­l angst and break dancing

Rouse’s newest album, The Embers of Time (the tour for which brings him to New Mountain on Friday, June 19) contains plenty of contenders to add to his hits list. Lead track “Some days I’m Golden All Night” captures both tropical breeze and pragmatic angst. The Neil Young-flavored “New Young” aches with harmonica and thoughts of trading ambition for a slower pace of life.

THREE'S COMPANY: Of the trio configuration, Jordan Tice, right, says that Haas Kowert Tice is less about the number of players and more about the specific instruments. "But it's kind of the most logical number," he says. "Wrangling five people is pretty intense; two people is kind of exposed; three is kind of great."

Haas Kowert Tice parlays high-profile influences into captivatin­g sounds

The three players of Haas Kowert Tice met at various music festivals as college students and found they liked jamming and hanging out. The friendship endured even as they moved in various directions careerwise. Bassist Paul Kowert now plays with The Punch Brothers, fiddler Brittany Haas with Crooked Still and guitarist Jordan Tice with Tony Trischka. Reconvening in Nashville, and sharing equally in the creation of new material, “everything comes off of our individual instruments more,” says Tice.