THE REEF // MIDWEST // REDBIRD // SIGNATURE 20TH // EUROPE // UK
Billy and I had a real nice time in California and the Northwest in October. It’s been a year now traveling as a two-man band and we’ve seen some country, but we’re still finding new territory every night. Want to say thanks to anyone who came out to hear us, or sent their friends out to a show. Word of mouth is important these days. We started with rumor in the Middle Ages, spent about 800 years creating institutions to sift cultural information, and now we’re pretty much back to rumor. When the label’s publicity budget includes a line-item to pay off a blogger who lives in his parents’ basement and probably wears pajamas all day, something seems off. I digress. Just go ahead and use word of mouth for now. Best, JF
THE REEF - In August of 2013 I produced an album for Hayward Williams called THE REEF: A soul-inflected investigation of the soul, with danceable pop hooks, all-hands choruses, horns and electric guitars. THE REEF references records I love without imitating any of them. Recorded live to 1/2” tape in the big room at Sonelab Studios with live backing vocals from Matt and Kate Lorenz of Rusty Belle and my boys Billy and Moses on rhythm, the feel is spare and organic, with incredible openness and charm. The session itself was magic from beginning to end and it’s one of the best records I’ve heard in years. I don’t say that real often.
THE REEF comes out November 18th and Hayward Williams will be my special guest at Anodyne in Milwaukee on 11/16 to celebrate the album release. You can order your copy through Hayward’s website today, and hear a couple tracks right now at the NEWS page of www.jeffreyfoucault.com.
MIDWEST - In November I’ll begin a short Midwest tour with my old friend Eric Heywood (Ray Lamontagne, Pretenders, Andrew Bird) on electric guitar and pedal steel at the Ice House in Minneapolis 11/12, with stops in Madison, Cedar Rapids, Chicago, and Milwaukee to follow. Last time Eric and I played Schuba’s in Chicago together, Chris Schuba took me aside and said, with somewhat inebriate gravity, ‘Eric Heywood BUILT this club’. I presume he was speaking metaphorically, though I believe Heywood did lay some of the tile at Pachyderm Studios where I made my last record. A Renaissance man, Heywood.
Annelies Howell - with whom I played many campfires, porches, and open mic’s in the prior century - opens the Madison show at The Frequency.
REDBIRD - November 21 and 22, Redbird - the ongoing improvised session in which Peter Mulvey, Kris Delmhorst, and I (and often David Goodrich) trade songs on stage in a sort of musical conversation - plays back to back nights in New England, with shows at the University of Vermont in Burlington, and the Natick Center for the Arts in Natick, MA. Goody will be out on tour with Chris Smither so these will be trio shows, likely to sell out. Perhaps you should buy tickets now.
SIGNATURE AT 20 - Signature Sounds - the great indie label that’s released many of my records - will be hosting three nights of concerts at the Academy of Music in Northampton MA this November to celebrate their 20 years in the music industry. I’ll be performing on Friday night 11/28 as part of an evening headlined by Chris Smither (and his fine band), along with Kris Delmhorst, Peter Mulvey, and Mark Erelli. Sounds pretty much just like a party at our house, except with a cover charge.
EUROPE - All the dates have been announced for our winter European tour with stops in NL, BE, DE, and CH. Three developments lend new excitement to this venture. First, it’ll be the first tour of Europe with Billy on suitcase drums; second, I’ve never managed to haul an electric guitar overseas but I will this time; third, Caitlin Canty opens the tour supporting her new album Reckless Skyline, which Europe will have an opportunity to buy ahead of the U.S. street date, and she will join my set to sing backing vocals.
UK - The dates have been announced for a brief tour of the UK, beginning in Scotland at the end of January 2015. All shows will be duo with Billy Conway on suitcase drums. It’s been two years since I traveled in the UK and I can almost taste that first pint of real ale in a pub with satellite radio tuned to and football on the telly. See the tour page for full details.
In August 2013 Jeffrey produced an album for Milwaukee Wisconsin’s Hayward Williams. THE REEF, a soul-inflected investigation of the soul, with danceable pop hooks, all-hands choruses, horns and electric guitars, was recorded live to 1/2 tape in the big room at Sonelab Studios with live backing vocals and Jeffrey’s longtime section of Billy Conway and Jeremy Moses Curtis on rhythm. The album release date is 11/18. On 11/16 Hayward Williams will be Jeffrey’s special guest in Milwaukee. Visit the tour page for full details, order a copy at Hayward’s website, listen now, tell your friends.
CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST
Jeffrey tours California and the Pacific Northwest starting Wednesday 10/8 at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, with stops in Winters, Santa Cruz, and Sacramento before heading up to Seattle, Bellingham, Walla Walla, Eugene, Sisters, and Portland. Jeffrey will be joined by Billy Conway on suitcase drums and Meleana Cadiz - a fine songwriter and singer out of Brooklyn - will open the Northwest shows. Get the full details on the tour page, get your tickets now.
In the first weeks of September Jeffrey will tour WA and MT with stops in Spokane, Missoula, Bozeman, and Livingston accompanied by drummer Billy Conway, with special guest readings by poet Chris Dombrowski. Caitlin Canty opens. Visit the tour page for further details.
In July Billy Conway and I play the RIDE Fest in Telluride, Colorado for a couple nights, in between fishing excursions on the San Juan. Expect a few more shows in Colorado around that time as well - including the Walnut Room in Denver - if we can locate dry clothing.
APRIL EUROPEAN TOUR WITH RY CAVANAUGH
In April Jeffrey and Ry Cavanaugh of Session Americana tour Europe, starting in Zurich 4/11 and traveling through France, Germany, and Netherlands. Two men, two guitars, one microphone, varying amounts of wine: the pair split the first set playing alone, and then come back together in the second set trading songs in a shoot-out where each song played must somehow, by word or line or key or implausible story, relate to and answer the song prior. Last man standing wins nothing, save pride.
See the tour page for details.
ON THE EDGE OF THE GREAT MIDWEST
Jeffrey tours the home country in March with Billy Conway on suitcase drum kit, and rising star Caitlin Canty - whose brand new and as yet unreleased album ‘Reckless Skyline’ Jeffrey produced this fall - opening the show. The tour will include stops in IL, WI, and MI, with a special appearance at the beautifully restored Stoughton Opera House in Stoughton, WI. just down the road from Jeffrey’s home town, on 3/14. Get your tickets HERE - there isn't a bad seat in the house. Download the full press release HERE.
GOIN’ TO CALIFORNIA
Jeffrey tours California in late January and early February, north to south with Billy Conway on the suitcase drum kit, starting January 29th at the lovely Arcata Playhouse Theater, with stops at the Make Out Room in San Francisco, the Palms Playhouse in Winters, Don Quixote’s in Felton, Tales from the Tavern in Santa Ynez, and Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown. Visit the tour page for full details.
RECENT REVIEW OF COLD SATELLITE’S ’CAVALCADE’
Jeffrey recently spent some time on the phone with the nice folks at OMG interviews, discussing the sophomore album of his rock band Cold Satellite, the modern elevation of irony, and talking to God on the Red Phone. Read all about it, here.
BACK IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Jeffrey will do some traveling up and down the I-5 corridor November 3-10, with shows in Eugene and Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Wenatchee, and Bellingham, Washington. He'll be joined by Billy Conway (Morphine, Cold Satellite) on cocktail drums for most of the shows, including this seated show at the Tractor Tavern. Visit the tour page for details, and get your tickets now.
MONTANA WITH THE BETTER HALF
COLD SATELLITE AT TWEED RIVER AUGUST 17, 2013
Cold Satellite will turn in their last full band appearance of the summer August 17th, playing the sundown set at the Tweed River Music Festival in Stockbridge, VT, in the company of friends including Session Americana, Anders Parker, Amy Coreia, Bow Thayer, and Tim Gearan. Get your tickets today at tweedrivermusicfestival.com
CAVALCADE SLATED FOR RELEASE MAY 21, 2013
CAVALCADE, The new album by Jeffrey’s band COLD SATELLITE is scheduled for a May 21 release on Signature Sounds Records, with full-band release tours in April (East coast, Mid-Atlantic), May (Midwest), and through the summer and fall. The release is timed to coincide with the May 1st publication of LITTLE STRANGER, the new book of poems by Lisa Olstein (with whom Jeffrey collaborated to create CAVALCADE) on the venerable Copper Canyon Press.
Visit coldsatellite.com now to hear the single ‘Sleepers Wake’.
COLD SATELLITE 'CAVALCADE' KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
- In December 2012, COLD SATELLITE - Jeffrey’s full band collaboration with award-winning poet Lisa Olstein - went into the studio to begin recording CAVALCADE, a sophomore album that refines and concentrates the band’s signature amalgam of rock, blues, and country.
In order to finish CAVALCADE and fund the release and tour, COLD SATELLITE has embarked upon the world of Low Finance and started a Kickstarter campaign. With your generous help they’ll finish the record and get out on the road headed to your town, without going broke.
Visit the COLD SATELLITE Kickstarter page now to watch a short movie describing the band, album, and process, hear parts of three songs from the new album, and find a level of support that works for you. THANKS!
PHOTO CREDIT: Toshimi Ogasawara
UK AND IRELAND TOUR
In late January and early February Jeffrey returns to the UK and Ireland for the first time in five years, on a split bill tour with the wonderful songwriter and performer Ry Cavanaugh of the band Session Americana. Details to be had on the TOUR page.
FREE SHIPPING AT THE MIGHTY ALBERT WEBSITE
The Mighty Albert, who handle Jeffrey's CD sales online, are offering free shipping within the Continental United States for this upcoming weekend, December 8-9. Visit their website at: www.mightyalbert.com
JEFFREY RETURNS TO MOUNTAIN STAGE 11/11/12
Jeffrey will appear on the Mountain Stage radio program, recorded live at the WVU Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Sunday 11/11/12 at 7 o’clock in the evening. Broadcast date TBA.
KDHX RADIO REVIEWS OFF BROADWAY SHOW 4/26/12
A review from the recent Midwest solo tour supported by Andy Friedman.
HORSE LATITUDES BAND IN THE MIDWEST
The February 2012 Midwest Tour will feature full band appearances at Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago, Illinois and the Stoughton Opera House in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Jeffrey will be joined by Eric Heywood (Pretenders, Ray Lamontagne) on electric and pedal steel guitars, Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums, with Hayward Williams (Cold Satellite) on bass. Tell your friends, and reserve your tickets pronto.
- Photo Credit: ogasawara.ch
DOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE
‘REAL LOVE’ SINGLE
‘Real Love’, an unreleased full band cut from the Horse Latitudes sessions, will be available 12/6 as a digital single on iTunes, and worldwide anywhere digital music is sold. A sprightly country rocker, ‘Real Love’ was written in a bar some years ago on a Southwest tour, originally to the tune of ‘Let’s Roll Another Number For the Road’ by Neil Young.
COLD SATELLITE EUROPEAN RELEASE SET FOR NOVEMBER 2011
Cold Satellite - the 2010 album of songs based on the writing of contemporary American poet Lisa OIstein - will be available in Europe as of November 7th via Continental Record Services, with a full band European tour to follow in early 2012. For more information visit:
HORSE LATITUDES WEST COAST RELEASE TOUR STARTS 10/18
The west coast release tour begins at Fremont Abbey in Seattle Tuesday 10/18, with a split-bill show with banjo legend and great songwriter Danny Barnes, a very tall man from Texas who can pick hell out of a banjo. Jeffrey will be backed by Portland’s Jay Kardong (Sera Cahoone, Grand Archives) on pedal steel for the duration of the tour, which winds up with Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco 10/25. Check the tour page for full details, alert your friends, wait for the sign.
DON HENLEY COVERS 'EVERYBODY'S FAMOUS' AT THE GREEK THEATER IN LOS ANGELES
Read the article in the Orange County Register.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE GIVE YOU THE BIRD
Redbird - the occasional session featuring Jeffrey Foucault, Kris Delmhorst, Peter Mulvey, and David Goodrich - will reconvene August 19th, 20th, and 21st at PASSIM in Cambridge, MA. for a series of shows and some degree of chaos.
JEFFREY FOUCAULT & COLD SATELLITE TO APPEAR AT TWEED RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Jeffrey and the band (Billy Conway, drums; Jeremy Moses Curtis, bass; David Goodrich, electric guitar; Alex Mccollough, pedal steel) will play a Saturday set at the Tweed River Music Festival in Stockbridge, Vermont August 13th. Acts appearing at this year’s festival include Peter Mulvey, Session Americana, Andy Friedman, Bow Thayer’s Perfect Trainwreck, and the legendary Booker T.
Tickets and details can be found at www.tweedrivermusicfestival.com
JEFFREY PLAYS EVERY WEDNESDAY IN JULY AT LIZARD LOUNGE IN CAMBRIDGE, MA
Jeffrey will be playing a Wednesday night residency at the Lizard Lounge (downstairs at Cambridge Common, near Harvard Square, Mass Ave) through July. Special guests, new songs, electric feedback, cold beer, general chaos. Don’t miss it.
NO DEPRESSION REVIEWS HORSE LATITUDES
“…pure beauty and one of the best Americana albums this year”.Read More…
05.03.11 HORSE LATITUDES OFFICIAL RELEASE TODAY!
04.14.11 Jeffrey in the New Yorker Magazine
Previewing Jeffrey’s upcoming full-band appearance at Joe’s Pub in New York City, the New Yorker magazine said: “...Foucault’s voice, and his themes, are gruff, sombre, and deep, and his accompanying musicians, including the Pretenders’ Eric Heywood, on pedal steel, create a sparse, dramatic soundscape.”
02.02.11 Greil Marcus Reviews Cold Satellite in The Believer Magazine
“…a country feel that puts the people who live in the Nashville charts to shame. Then a deep-ditch electric guitar takes a country song into the blues, and lets it go back where it came from. Nothing is pressed, to the point that sometimes the way the voice pulls away from a word or a guitar from a phrase is its own kind of preciousness… Foucault drifts over the words so lightly that they seem to fade as they’re sung, and you might stop trying to hear them as words, let them come as sounds”Read More…