EAST // VINYL // NEW MERCHANDISE // MORNING EDITION // FLORIDA // EUROPE // VOLUNTEERS
EAST - The east coast leg of the SALT AS WOLVES North America Tour starts Tuesday, December 2nd at One Longfellow Square in Portland, ME, with stops in Burlington and West Rutland, VT, Somerville, MA, West Dennis, MA, Philadelpia, PA, Arlington, VA, and Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, finishing up the year at the old Memorial Hall here in Shelburne Falls, MA.
First chair electric guitar and pedal steel for the first half of the tour will be held down by Son Volt's Mark Spencer, and on the second half by my old friend Eric Heywood (there will be an exciting traditional pedal steel hand-off ceremony mid-tour... I think they wear kilts). Caitlin Canty opens all shows except Burlington and West Rutland, which are split bills. Visit the TOUR page for full details, and get your tickets exactly now.
VINYL - Those of you who have already pre-ordered SALT AS WOLVES on vinyl will be happy to hear that production is on schedule and we're nearing the ship date, hoping to have them out by the middle of December. I listened to the test print and it sounds beautiful. The drums are, if anything, more dimensional and dynamic. The exigencies of vinyl being what they are - the need to leave ample physical space for higher quality, and to stack the rockers on the front half of each side - this version features a different track order and two fewer songs (I left off 'Fool' and 'Take Your Time' but there's a download card for the 12-song digital version included in the packaging). I’m embarrassed to admit that I like this length and sequence better: it's tougher, and more succinct. The vinyl is for sale at the STORE. Make it a Hi-Fidelity Holiday.
NEW MERCHANDISE - Against native impulse and all better judgement we are expanding the list of things that we are willing to trade to you for money. Now for the first time at shows and in the STORE, in addition to the traditional record album we're offering Tee-Shirts with my name on them, three separate limited edition fine art screen prints and post cards by album artist Pearl Rachinsky, and stickers. You can even get a Cold Satellite Tee-shirt. Though we are stopping short of creating my own line of fly rods - or our tour manager Captain Steve's idea: Northbound 35 Brand Butter (TM) - we are branching uneasily into the wider world of commerce, just in time for the holidays.
MORNING EDITION - The interview I recorded with David Greene for NPR’s Morning Edition, was preempted - reasonably enough - by the events in Paris, and will air, allegedly, December 7th. I should be famous by that afternoon.
FLORIDA - January 15-17 I’ll be attending the 30A Songwriters Festival in South Walton, Florida. When Jackson Browne and I are not drinking Mexican beer on the beach or eating fried mullet with hushpuppies, I will be performing both alone and with Kris Delmhorst, who is by coincidence also playing the festival.
EUROPE - The SALT AS WOLVES European full band tour begins in March 3rd at Paradiso in Amsterdam, with two weeks of shows in NL, BE, and DE. I'm delighted to announce that Kris Delmhorst will be my special guest for much of the tour, promoting her latest album BLOOD TEST, in addition to singing with the band in my set.
VOLUNTEERS - We need some help selling records and merchandise at shows. In exchange for a free ticket to any show on the TOUR page, we’re asking for help manning the table. If you think this kind of work suits you, it suits us have you do it. Please email Miss Moneypenny at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘VOLUNTEER’ and tell her which show you’d like to sign up for, and she'll provide all the details.
THANKS - To everyone who came out to see us on the Midwest and West coast release tours, and to everyone who came to a show in 2015. It's been a good year and I'm grateful for the chance to run around playing music I care about with people I love. I've had a lot of jobs, and this is the best one hands down. We'll see you out there.
WEST // SALT AS WOLVES // DON HENLEY // MORNING EDITION // RADIO HEARTLAND // DAYTROTTER // EAST // VOLUNTEERS // TWITSVILLE
WEST - The SALT AS WOLVES North American tour hits the west coast this Thursday 11/5 the at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland, Oregon, with stops in Santa Monica, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Twain, CA, Sisters, OR, Seattle and Bellingham, WA. Jeffrey Martin opens Portland, the 10-string Symphony opens in Seattle, and Caitlin Canty opens the rest. It’s worth mentioning that my old friend Van Dyke Parks - who, in addition to playing on my Horse Latitudes record in 2010 is more widely known as one of the actual geniuses of 20th century American Music - will be sitting in on piano at our show at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA on 11/6. I think it’s safe to say he will be the only member of the band to have both acted in a feature length film opposite Grace Kelly, and sung for Albert Einstein.
SALT AS WOLVES - The new album has been out for three weeks and reviewed kindly everywhere from the New York Times to NPR. We charted on the Billboard Blues and Americana charts for the first time (like you I’m unsure what that means, but I’m told it’s good, and it sounds official), and radio stations around the country are adding songs from the record to their rotation. You can read the press below - and naturally it’s gratifying when the publicity you paid someone to go out and get actually materializes - but word of mouth beats press any day of the week. If you love this record and you want more people to hear it, buy a few copies and hand them out like party favors.
DON HENLEY - Don Henley invited my wife Kris and I down to his show at the Beacon Theater in New York the other night. We went back stage to meet him before the show and he couldn’t have been any nicer. He told me, ‘Well, we’re going to butcher your song tonight,’ and I said that would be real nice as I’d been curious to hear his version. He said, ‘I only know about half the chords but I can let the other guys play the ones I don’t know,’ and I told him I didn’t know all the chords either but it had never stopped me. After a while we shook hands and parted company and sure enough about five songs into his set he launched into ‘Everybody’s Famous’ from my album Horse Latitudes, and I’ll be damned if he didn’t play it great. I decided to tell you this story because Don Henley has no reason to be kind to me, but that’s exactly what he’s done in the last few months, telling anyone who would listen about my songs. The best sort of kindness is a kindness that can’t readily be repaid. I figure that’s worth telling people about. Don has been busy dragging country music back toward country music, and you can buy his new album Cass County here:
MORNING EDITION - Last week I cut an interview with David Greene on NPR’s Morning Edition, which will air in the next few weeks. Keep half an ear on the radio while you make your kids’ lunches and you may hear a rangy hour and fifteen minute conversation condensed into six or seven minutes of one-liners about life, love, growing up the Midwest, and the new album, broadcast to several million people.
RADIO HEARTLAND - The morning after we played the Dakota in Minneapolis a few weeks ago on our Midwest tour, Billy and Caitlin and I went down to the headquarters of Minnesota Public Radio in the jungles of east St. Paul to record a session with Radio Heartland, a great program hosted by Mike Pengra. We had a long chat and played a few songs in the trio format we worked out last year on the road. You can enjoy that interview archived here:
DAYTROTTER - The next day the band and I stopped by Rock Island, Illinois on our day off to record a session at Daytrotter, the internet radio program. Cutting live to tape we tracked quartet versions of ‘There’s a Destruction On This Land,’ ‘Northbound 35,’ ‘Heart to the Husk,’ and ‘Hurricane Lamp,’ with Bo Ramsey on electric guitar, Billy Conway on the drums, and Caitlin Canty singing backups. I always wanted to get a version of ‘Northbound’ I could stand to listen to, and this may be it. Keep an eye on the web and the socials to find out when this airs. If I remember right, it was pretty good.
EAST - In December the band will reconvene out on the east coast, touring from Burlington, Vermont down to Washington DC with stops in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. Visit the TOUR page for full details.
VOLUNTEERS - I remember playing a dice game once with my Grandparents and their friends when I was about 14 and my Grandma got overzealous with the shaker, so that the dice shot out and described a brief arc before disappearing into her (ample) cleavage. Over the howls of laughter that followed my Grandpa pounded the table for attention and said over the din, and with tears streaming down his cheeks, ‘Men, we’re looking for volunteers!’ I bring this up because I need some help. It’s been made clear to me by a number of people on my team that I don’t have the time or talent to sell my own records at shows and do it well. So, in exchange for a free ticket to any show on the TOUR page, we’re asking for help manning the merch table that night. If you think this kind of work suits you, it suits me right down to the ground to have you do it. Please email Moneypenny at email@example.com with the subject line ‘VOLUNTEER’ and tell her which show you’d like to volunteer for.
TWITTSVILLE - Are you following me on Twitter? You should be. I say funny shit on there all the time.
Alright then, we’ll see you out there somewhere in America. Try to act cool when that happens.
SALT AS WOLVES RELEASE AND TOURS
Alright kids, the day approaches. I have only a vague idea at this point what the actual release date involves (beyond my buying an expensive bottle of French wine, and drinking it) as there are scarcely any record stores left in this country. But I’ll tell you this: the tour starts in Michigan on the 14th of this month and the day the record drops I’ll be headed north from Chicago, Illinois to Rhinelander, Wisconsin for a show at the Nicolet Theater, two nights into a full band Midwest tour run with the best band you ever heard. We just convened in Nashville and this band could hurt somebody. Horsepower. If you’ve already heard the record, you know what I’m talking about. The last time I played Rhinelander, we closed Judy's Hodag Bar, forever. It was the last night she had the bar open, pulling up stakes and moving down to Florida, a little bird of a lady. But she sang along with Van Halen on the jukebox and poured us 75 cent tappers while we played darts, and at one point she left us in charge and drove home to cook us frozen pizzas. That kind of bar, that kind of town. Spring Lake, Chicago, Rhinelander, Stoughton, Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Goshen. Lots of kind of towns. Maybe you know.
Here’s what I need from you, if I may: have a look at the TOUR dates and figure out when I’ll be within 100 miles of you, and then get tickets for you and seven or eight friends. If you can’t make it figure out who you know that you ought to buy tickets for and then, well, do that. We’re playing some larger rooms this fall and I’m going to need to call out the cavalry. Which is you.
Here’s the boilerplate, in case you’ve been napping since July:
On October 16th, 2015 Jeffrey Foucault will release SALT AS WOLVES, his fifth collection of original songs. Featuring long-time tour partner Billy Conway on drums, WOLVES reunites Jeffrey with legendary electric guitar player Bo Ramsey (who produced the seminal 2006 album Ghost Repeater), and bassist Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T, Cold Satellite). Caitlin Canty - whose breakout 2015 release Reckless Skyline Jeffrey produced and played on - sings all the backing vocals. Cut live to tape in just three days in rural Minnesota, SALT AS WOLVES has been described by Greil Marcus as “A country plea, a blues reach for facts beyond sound... scary in the bend of the first note,” and by No Depression as “Life and death, surrender and commitment, pain and wanting, a sparse yet rich texture and sound that transcends pure blues.”
Check out the TOUR page for the details of full band tours of the Midwest, west coast, east coast, and Europe beginning this month. Alert your people, and if you haven’t already, PRE-ORDER the album today at the brand new Jeffrey Foucault STORE, or anywhere digital music is sold.
SALT AS WOLVES // AMERICANA FEST // MIDWEST // WEST // EAST // EUROPE // BEARGRASS
SALT AS WOLVES - The new album official release is October 16th, and meanwhile the pledgemusic.com pre-order campaign rolls along steadily, crushing everything in its path. We’re in the black as now, but how long we stay there as we embark upon the expensive American road is up to you, and how willing you are to tell everyone you know to go pre-order this record. Exclusive content abounds, and no one likes a quitter.
AMERICANA FEST - On September 17 I’ll return to Nashville for the first time in over a decade to play City Winery as part of the Americana Music Festival, with the full band from the new album (featuring Billy Conway, Bo Ramsey, Jeremy Moses Curtis, and Caitlin Canty). On September 18th I’ll be playing the same room as part of Caitlin Canty’s band. In between times I’ll be holding a cold beer, seated before an industrial-size fan.
MIDWEST - In October we’ll celebrate the SALT AS WOLVES release with a full band tour of our beloved Midwest, with shows in MI, IL, WI, IA, and IN, including the beautiful Stoughton Opera House not far from where I grew up, and Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago. This will be incredible and you should go buy tickets now, regardless where you live. Caitlin Canty opens all shows.
WEST - In November we’ll take the WOLVES out to CA, OR, and WA with shows from the storied McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica (featuring a special guest appearance by our old friend Van Dyke Parks) to the Triple Door in Seattle. This will be incredible and you should go buy tickets now, regardless where you live.
EAST - In December we’ll return to the Eastern part of the country with shows from northern Vermont as far south as DC. Keep an eye on the tour page as this tour fills in. Caitlin Canty opens (nearly) all shows. This will be incredible and you should go buy tickets now, regardless where you live.
EUROPE - In March the full band will travel the old world with shows in Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, and Switzerland. This will be incredible and you should go buy tickets now, regardless where you live.
BEARGRASS - I just flew home from the first annual Beargrass Writer’s Retreat on the E bar L Ranch in Greenough, Montana, where in addition to fishing the junction of the Clearwater and the Big Blackfoot I managed to meet some great writers published, unpublished, and aspiring. The food was impeccable, the weather clear and fine, and the cocktails (care of Missoula’s Montgomey Distillery) tall and sequential. If you’re a writer or attached to one, get signed up for next year sooner than later.
SALT AS WOLVES (OCT. 2015) - AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW
On October 16th, 2015 Jeffrey Foucault will release SALT AS WOLVES, his fifth collection of original songs, and tenth full length studio album. Featuring long-time tour partner Billy Conway on drums, WOLVES reunites Jeffrey with legendary electric guitar player Bo Ramsey (who produced the seminal 2006 album Ghost Repeater), as well as Cold Satellite bassist Jeremy Moses Curtis. Caitlin Canty - whose breakout 2015 release Reckless Skyline Jeffrey produced and played on - sings all the backing vocals. Cut live to tape in just three days in rural Minnesota, SALT AS WOLVES moves like a vintage Chess record: a tough, spare collection of darkly rendered blues and ballads, like a field recording of a place that never existed. In a series of letters to lovers, friends, heroes, and family, Foucault deftly weaves together disparate strands of sound and experience, raw love, and hard wisdom.
You can pre-order SALT AS WOLVES right now at PledgeMusic.com to own the album weeks before the release and get access to exclusive content including videos, solo demos, track premieres, and backstory.
DREAMAWAY // COLORADO // BEARGRASS // NASHVILLE // WOLVES
DREAMAWAY - The Dreamaway Lodge is a delightful, strange oasis in the Berkshires of western MA, where Dylan and company hung out in ’75 and shot parts of the truly terrible film Reynaldo and Clara. Forty years later, I’ll be playing there on June 18th. I don’t play many solo shows anymore, so let’s call it an opportunity for exploration. If you have a request, phone the bartender at the club and have him write it down on a cocktail napkin, with your credit card number and an open tab in my name.
COLORADO - Billy and I will play the Night Ride portion of the RIDE festival in Telluride CO again this July 10 and 11, downstairs at the Roma bar downtown both nights. Last year while seated on the fire escape of the Opera House waiting to check sound we met a real nice man who was grilling chicken on his deck across the alley, and ended up joining him for dinner. The next day he and I piled into his vintage Alfa Romeo convertible with our fly rods and sounded the San Miguel for a few hours. To answer your question, yes, this is precisely how my life works.
BEARGRASS - At the end of August in the midst of Montana tour Billy and I will be taking part in the Beargrass Writer’s Retreat on the E Bar L Ranch in Greenough, Montana. I’ll join a bunch of high-test writers in various genres, including my good friend David James Duncan, whose books My Story As Told By Water, The River Why, and The Brothers K are old favorites of mine; Alexandra Fuller, whose memoir about growing up in Africa I read some years back and thoroughly enjoyed; and the poet M.L. Smoker whose collection Another Attempt at Rescue has got the spook, as well as others in a series of readings, talks, workshops, and Q&A. The ranch fronts the Blackfoot river and I’ve been promised a small cabin and full days to fish as long as we show up to play cocktail hour. To answer your question, yes, this is precisely how my life works.
NASHVILLE - On September 17th we’ll be down in Nashville for the first time in a long time, playing City Winery as part of the Signature Sounds Showcase at the Americana Music Association Conference. What is Americana, one idly wonders? Well as far as I can tell it’s anything that sounds kind of like Steve Earle, and somehow doesn’t include jazz, arguably the most distinctly American achievement in music. But we’re going to go anyway, and see if we can find someone to argue with. We may even rustle up the full band.
WOLVES - The new record - SALT AS WOLVES - featuring Bo Ramsey on electric guitars, Billy Conway on drums, Jeremy Moses Curtis on bass, and Caitlin Canty on backing vocals - is slated for a 16 October release. We’re mainly laying in the weeds through the summer but we’ll be on the road around the country and overseas this fall, and through the spring of 2016. Look for us in Montana in August, Midwest in October, CA and the Northwest in November, and out east in December. Keep an eye on the website for further details, early tracks, sightings, soundings.
NEW ENGLAND // MIDWEST // DREAMAWAY // COLORADO // WOLVES
NEW ENGLAND - Billy Conway arrives with the suitcase kit for a few nights in Massachusetts, with shows at the Vinegrass series at O’Shea’s in West Dennis on 4/30, The Parlor Room at Signature Sounds in Northampton on 5/1, and Passim in Cambridge on 5/2. Laurie Sargent, who in a long and illustrious career has fronted famous rock bands, sold her paintings and drawings, and run an organic farm, opens all shows. She may also sit in on our set, and drive the car, if I ask nicely.
MIDWEST - In the second half of May, Billy and I will play a series of towns in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin that you have probably never heard of, including Kalona, Owatonna, and Oconomowoc. Billy and I have heard of them. Billy was mostly raised in one, and in another my brother Jim once caught a 50” Muskie, and my then-girlfriend’s Buick caught fire. These events were not related. We’ve furthermore added a special Memorial Day show at the Cafe Carpe 5/25. Those of you hoping to wring the last full measure of holiday from the holiday weekend, we have done this for you.
DREAMAWAY - The Dreamaway Lodge is a delightful, strange little oasis in the woods of western MA, where Dylan and company hung out in ’75 and shot parts of the truly terrible film Reynaldo and Clara. I’ll be playing there June 18th.
COLORADO - Once again Billy Conway and I will be playing THE RIDE Festival in Telluride Colorado July 10-11. Expect a few more CO shows to coalesce around our fly-fishing.
WOLVES - my new record SALT AS WOLVES - featuring Bo Ramsey on electric guitars, Billy Conway on drums, Jeremy Moses Curtis on bass, and Caitlin Canty on backing vocals - is slated for a October 16 release. It’s the best record I ever made and we’ll be laying in the weeds through the summer and planning release tours around the country and overseas. Keep an eye on the website for further details, early tracks, sightings.
NEW ENGLAND // MIDWEST // RARITIES // THE WIFE
NEW ENGLAND - A string of shows at the end of April and into early May in New England, beginning with solo appearances at the Tamworth Lyceum - a small-batch whiskey distillery in northern New Hampshire - and the Amoskeag Studio in Manchester NH, April 25 and 25. The weekend following Billy Conway arrives with his suitcase kit and we’ll play a short run in MA and CT. Laurie Sargent, who in her long and illustrious career has fronted famous rock bands, sold her paintings and drawings, and run an organic farm, opens all shows. She may also sit in on our set and drive the car, if I ask nicely.
MIDWEST - In the second half of May Billy and I will play a series of towns in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin that you have probably never heard of, including Kalona, Owatonna, and Oconomowoc. Billy and I have heard of them. Billy was mostly raised in one, and in another my brother Jim once caught a 50” Muskie, and my then-girlfriend’s Buick caught fire. These events were not related.
RARITIES - Intermittent reward offers the strongest incentive, and we’ve revived the RARITIES section of the MEDIA page of the website with a streaming playlist of unreleased recordings, including acoustic demos, alternate mixes, and album outtakes. Tracks will change at odd intervals when I remember that I have a website.
THE WIFE - In April Kris Delmhorst, a frequent collaborator who is also my wife, tours the UK with her most recent album BLOOD TEST, backed by Hayward Williams (another frequent collaborator whose fine new album THE REEF I produced and played on). Great shows in intimate venues, including a rare Monday night show at the Voodoo Room in Edinburgh. Fortune favors the advance ticket holder.
TULSA // NEW ENGLAND // MIDWEST
Home for two months for the first time in six years, I don’t have much to tell you. The new business model for the independent artist assures us that we must relentlessly press our suit on the internet, and scarcely sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. But I got a new tape echo pedal for my electric rig and it’s sunny in the kitchen, and the house is empty. Beyond feed the chickens and look out the window there are few pressing claims on my time. So mind your own business, and I’ll see you in May.
TULSA - In a hotel room in Colorado a few years ago on tour with John Statz, he played me a song called Tulsa. It was built on a riff, and neither the lyric or the melody resolved, which was a fitting approach to a song about being stranded. When he told me how he wanted his next record to sound, I told him I knew how to make that record. So we went up to Verdant studio in Vermont, where we’d cut the first Satellite record on an old Neve console they pulled out of the BBC, and spent three days further refining my production philosophy: get the best players you can into best sounding room with a great engineer and cut live for three days. There are corollaries having to do with food and alcohol, but that’s the heart of things. We brought in Billy and Moses on rhythm, and Mark Spencer (Son Volt, Kris Delmhorst) on steel and electric, and cut John’s songs about gambling, washed up ballplayers, love, war, and traveling. Vermonter Caitlin Canty even showed up to sing back-ups.
You can stream the TULSA album right now below this article, and follow the link in the player to purchase the album right away, which you can play at parties and in the car and people will say, ’Is this Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers?’, or, ‘That second electric guitar player makes the guy from Son Volt sound amazing’. John is currently embarked on his release tour. Why not go find him?
NEW ENGLAND - In early May Billy and I will play a short run of shows out here in the Northeast. We plan to arrive in our waders and, like Mr. Rogers, start the show by changing into our other shoes. If it’s raining and we can’t fish we will stay drunk the entire time.
MIDWEST - In late May Billy and I will play a series of towns in Minnesota and Wisconsin that you have probably never heard of, including Owatonna and Oconomowoc. Billy and I have heard of them. Billy was mostly raised in one, and in the other my brother Jim once caught a 50” Muskie, and my then-girlfriends Buick caught fire. These events were not related.