Myself and cohorts in “Karl Blau” will be traveling down from the NW to meet up with – the one and only – Jenny Lewis in Tucson, May 13th! The tour takes us up through Colorado and over to Salt Lake and Boise en route to the NW to Seattle, and finally to the Crystal Ballroom, Portland. I’ll be singing tunes, reciting poetry, interpreting astro-logical readings, giving blind portraits, and generally gallivanting about along the way.
One of the special treats I’ll have for this tour is an Introducing Karl Blau shirt that I designed a bit back now, but just needed the right space to actually get them made… so much anticipation for this shirt! If you can’t tell, these are depictions I’ve made of the singers whose work I interpreted for the album.
Compiled over the last 3 years, including several of the 48 poems written in 2019, RHIZOMES is a continuation and the first hard copy of a chunk of Blau’s free lyric project started around 20 years ago. The poems are open source/free for use by the general public. The format of the book is the poetry printed on the left-hand side pages and lined paper on the right so when you feel inspired, you can riff right off of the lyrics.
Available for pre-sale now ( click here! ) will ship by or before April 5th. Only 200 copies in this edition.
My new thing I just recorded since moving to Philadelphia, actually just in the last 3 weeks this January, is available for digital sale and CD/poster pre-sale. I’m pretty excited about these tunes. Though this is a pre-sale, upon purchase of the CD or Poster you will receive the download of the album right away!
With either of those physical purchases I’m including 2 postcards, postage paid that you may send off to the special people of your choosing. OR if you decide to go digital, I’m including TWO EXTRA download codes to share. But wait, that’s not all, you’ll also receive… j/k 😉 (but not kidding about the extra copies to share!)
I’ve gone back to my roots on this recording. I have fell in love all over again with the 4-track cassette recorder. I think you’re going to love it, too. I’m only making 200 of the CD package, get ’em while they’re hot or they will be gone!
please go ahead and contact me if you want a download copy of the set from Oakland, CA on October 25th, 2018 which features members of the Easy Leaves and is all Waylon Jennings-done tunes. It’s not for sale, but it turned out real nice I think! ~k
Singing Waylon Jennings tunes(!) with a little country outfit featuring the amazing John Seibold on harmonica.
Sat. 10.06 – Wild Coyote Music Festival – Everett, WA
with Porlolo on these shows:
Thurs. 10.11 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
Sat. 10.13 – Magic Rat – Fort Collins, CO
Sun. 10.14 – Side Door – Colorado Springs, CO
With The Easy Leaves:
Wed. 10.17 – Flagstaff Brewing Company – Flagstaff, AZ
Thurs. 10.18 – Last Exit Live – Phoenix, AZ
Fri. 10.19 – Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
Sat. 10.20 – Grand Ole BBQ Flinn Springs – El Cajon, CA Sun. 10.21 – IDYology – Idyllwild, CA (Early) Sun. 10.21 – Ace Hotel – Palm Springs, CA (Late) Mon. 10.22 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Tues. 10.23 – Campus Jax – Newport Beach, CA Wed. 10.24 – Art Boutiki Music Hall – San Jose, CA Thurs. 10.25 – Starline Social Club – Oakland, CA Fri. 10.26 – The Palms Playhouse – Winters, CA Sat. 10.27 – Rio Nido Roadhouse – Rio Nido, CA Sun. 10.28 – The Saint Music Hall – Reno, NV Mon. 10.29 – The Grovehouse – Mariposa, CA Tues. 10.30 – Norton Buffalo Hall – Paradise, CA Wed. 10.31 – The Weed Palace Theater – Weed, CA
Thurs. 11.1 – Old St. Francis School – Bend, OR Fri. 11.2 – Mission Theater – Portland, OR
Sat. 11.3 – Marysville Opera House – Marysville, WA Sun. 11.4 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
March 2nd through 16th 2018 – Karl Blau appears on a European Tour of solo shows featuring songs from Out Her Space and beyond with support by fellow Bella Union artist Sumie
2nd – Hamburg, DE – MS Stubnitz
3rd – Berlin, DE – Badehaus Berlin
5th – Amsterdam, NL – Roode Bioscoop
6th – Brussels, BE – Chez PIAS
7th – Oostende, BE – Manuscript
8th – London, UK – Borderline
9th – Bristol, UK – The Station
10th – Manchester, UK – Low Four @ Old Granada Studios
12th – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
13th – Glasgow, UK – Hug & Pint
14th – Liverpool, UK – Leaf
15th – Dublin, IRE – The Workman’s Club
16th – Cork, IRE – Cypress Avenue
Boy, 5 years in the making… it all started back in 2012 when from Richmond, VA Matthew E. White gives me a call to see if I would be interested in recording with his outfit aka Spacebomb. Working with Spacebomb included at our disposal – horn players, strings, choir, and only the finest backing band – Cameron Ralston on bass guitar, Pinson Chanselle on drums and Matt himself on guitar. At the time we also recorded back to back (actually back and forth) Matthew E. White’s “Big Inner” (catch the name play?) which came out initially on Spacebomb, then quickly snatched up by Domino.
It was an amazing experience to work with these cats, all wonderful folks and just off the hook musicians. Check out the incredible trumpet and trombone by Bob Miller and Bryan Hooten, respectively.
Fast forward 4 years to 2016 and I’m having breakfast outside at a diner in Brighton, England with Simon Raymonde the label head of Bella Union and telling him about this album which I had been remixing and re-singing and doing some final dress-ups for. From that point until now it seems like a blur, Randy Walker designed this fabulous album cover – it’s in my grubby mitts today, pressed on luscious, red vinyl (and of course available as well on CD and digitally) – find your local, record shop! With gratitude I humbly announce this the second Bella Union release, a decided departure from the country/soul of Introducing.
A fabulous welcoming for the Introducing record since it’s release in May 2016. To be invited back for the 3rd time to play east of the Atlantic Ocean is really thrilling. Here is the list of some solo shows, some with a little band, a few with the amazing Laura Gibson from Portland, Oregon, USA(denoted with asterisk). We’re bringing a special treat of a mini set of songs from my hometown of Anacortes, a few classics written by Bryan Elliott of Gravel and Jon Lunsford of Pounding Serfs. See you there!
Sun, Aug 13 – Malmö, Sweden – Malmö Festival – solo
Wed, Aug 16 – London, England – Oslo*
Thu, Aug 17 – Bristol, England – The Lantern*
Fri, Aug 18 – Brecon Beacons, Wales – Green Man Festival
Sat, Aug 19 – York, England – The Crescent *
Sun, Aug 20 – Stirling, Scotland – Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival
Tue, Aug 22 – Leicester, England – The Musician
Thu, Aug 24 – Guilford, England – Boiler Room
Sat, Aug 26 – Tønder, Denmark – Tønderfest
Sun, Aug 27 – Tønder, Denmark – Tønderfest
Tue, Aug 29 – Trondheim, Norway – Moskus – solo
Wed, Aug 30 – Stavanger, Norway – Folken – solo
Thu, Aug 31 – Oslo, Norway – Mono – solo
Sat, Sep 2 – Rutbeek, Netherlands – Tuckerville Festival – solo
Sun, Sep 3 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Molen de Ster – solophoto by Laura Veirs