Donkeys are beautiful creatures. As proof, my friends Colin Medley and Maya Bankovic made a music video for my song, Prove Me Wrong, which features some of the most wonderful moving images of donkeys that you will ever see. It was filmed at one of my favourite places in the Guelph area, The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. Big thanks to Maya for her brilliant cinematography, Colin for his vision, and everyone at the DSC for helping this happen. I hope you like it. It’s premiering at The Onion’s AV Club site!
Hey all, We had an incredible tour out West. Thank you to all who helped us out with gear, vans, playing the shows and food/record store recommendations! I’m very lucky to have your help and support. We’ll be out in the Prairies in a week or so, but for now, please enjoy this nice interview in Believer, which is one hell of a periodical. Love you, Bry
The “Sorry, Goodnight” Tour resumes this week with The Providers: Anna Ruddick, Aaron Goldstein, Rich Burnett and Nathan Lawr. I’m very much looking forward to playing BC for the first time in my soft-rock incarnation. I’ll be playing with some old friends and long-time idols. Here are the dates:
Monday, June 16th - Kelowna, BC at Fernando’s with Jon-Rae Fletcher Tuesday, June 17th - Victoria, BC at Copper Owl with Katherine Calder and Rugged Uncle Wednesday, June 18th - Vancouver, BC at Biltmore Cabaret with Strength of Materials Thursday, June 19th - Jasper, AB at Jasper Legion with Jeremy Fischer Friday, June 20th - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Music Fest with Neko Case and Blitzen Trapper Saturday, June 21 - Montreal, QC - Festival sur le Canal
Today is the release day for my new record, Free Will. Long time coming. We’re out here in Cincinnati, just over mid point in the US tour. It has been a blast. I just wanted to let you know that if you’re interested in picking this thing up, you can head down to your local independent record store and get the LP or CD, or find the download on iTunes.
Big thanks to Katie Ewald for getting me over another pre-release anxiety mountain.
Hope you like it.
Here’s a stripped down version of one of the songs for Exclaim…
My new album, FREE WILL, is now streaming into the internet exclusively from The New York Times website!
It will be officially out and about on Tuesday May 20th. The dynamos at Idee Fixe Records made it happen, and it’s a beautiful thing, if we do say so ourselves. Gold and Silver marble! CLICK HERE to pre-order it from them right now!! Here’s the track list:
Prove Me Wrong
Let’s Get Through Today
What Part Of You
PLUS, the LP comes with a bonus 45 featuring two additional songs:
Someplace I’m Supposed To Be
…The latter is the song I wrote for This American Life last year. These additional songs are also available with downloads of the album.
The album features the expert work of The Providers:
Rich Burnett - Lap Steel, Guitar, Vocals
Aaron Goldstein - Pedal Steel
Nathan Lawr - Drums
Anna Ruddick - Upright Bass, Vocals
and also features Jennifer Castle on vocals, Thomas Hammerton on piano and mellotron, and Ben Grossman on Hurdy Gurdy.
I’m so grateful for the contributions of these beautiful players, and I’m in love with Alex and Jeff from Idee Fixe who convinced me to record music again. Thank yous!
In like a lion, folks! March will have The Providers and I playing all around Southwestern Ontario. Most of these shows will also feature the transfixing Jennifer Castle, playing solo, which is one of my favourite things in the world!
Incidentally, Jennifer Castle is also currently involved in a mind blowing contemporary dance collaboration with Ame Henderson and the Toronto Dance Theatre. It`s showing at the Winchester Theatre in Toronto this week (Feb 26 to Mar 1) and you should go see it if you`re in the area. An amazing collaborative work by some of the most inspiring people I know. For a great interview with Ame and Jennifer, check this out.
Here are our upcoming shows:
Saturday, March 1 St. Catherines, ON Niagara Arts Center with Grey Kingdom and Brittany Brooks of Creature Speak // tickets // FB event
Friday, March 14 Kingston, ON The Grad Club with Jennifer Castle // tickets // FB event
Saturday, March 15 Orangeville, ON with Jennifer Castle Shinn Institute For The Arts // FB event // tickets available at Aardvark Music & Culture
Friday, March 21 Ottawa, ON Zaphods with Jennifer Castle and Jonathan Pearse (of Winchester Warm) // tickets // FB event
Saturday, March 22 Peterborough, ON Gordon Best Theatre with Jennifer Castle and Nick Ferrio // tickets // FB event
Sunday, March 23 Kitchener/Waterloo, ON Jane Bond with Jennifer Castle // FB event
Friday, April 11 Guelph, ON Dublin St. United Church opening for Destroyer (Kazoo!fest 2014) // http://kazookazoo.ca/
As I head out of Milan, the sun is coming up. It’s about 4 hours South to Perugia, and in the first hour the weather is lovely. I stop at an auto grille rest stop full of commuters and truck drivers for espresso and a sandwich. This is one of the more surreal moments on any tour: when the late nightlife of a musician collides, unassuming, with the purposeful, unflinching morning routine of the workaday world. This is exponentially more strange because I’m in Italy, trying to imagine myself on the way to work in a place I only know by its bar and restaurant culture.
People drive faster on the motorways of Italy than I’ve ever seen anyone drive. Two hundred kilometres an hour, at 7 in the morning. My mind cannot get a handle on this, and I stay in the slow lane. When I begin the drive upward into the mountains, the fog gets thick, then the rain, and, eventually, the snow. After a few hours of navigating winding mountain roads and tunnels in wet snow, I pull off at a rest stop and fall asleep in the car for two hours.
I get my bearings and roll on to Perugia. The venue is a fantastic bar/cafe/record store called T-trane. Within half an hour I’ve had an espresso, a local beer and bought a Bevis Frond album and the Kinks’ Lola vs power man on vinyl. While making the espresso, the bartender asks me, “who do you think is beautiful?” And before I can answer, tells me she thinks Charlize Theron is the most beautiful person in the world.
I check in to a room at a great little hotel up the street from the venue. At 8pm, I set up in the record store, and play to a nice crowd. Afterwards, people are very enthusiastic about the set. There’s also a great lost in translation thing in italy where people say “congratulations” to performers after a show. Makes me feel good.
I meet an artist and harmonica player named Jason Johnson from Atlanta, Georgia who now lives in Perugia with his family. After the show, I’m offered another incredible meal at the restaurant next door. Jason and I sit an talk for a good long while about Perugia, Atlanta, and Guelph, Ontario. He speaks of contemporary American politics as an ex-pat artist who is still very invested in the subject. He’s currently working on a vinyl-themed art show which will launch at T-trane in the coming weeks.
Jason explains to me that Perugia was the site of the Salt War of 1540, wherein Perugians resisted Pope Paul III’s salt tax and defied papal control. As protest, Perugians stopped putting salt in their bread. This has become the customary way of preparing bread in Perugia, and the result tastes distinctly bitter and a bit sweet at the same time.
I bid farewell to Jason and Damiano, the excellent promoter, and hike through the old arch to my hotel.