Nadat Pokey LaFarge met zijn titelloze zesde studioalbum op Jack Whites Third Man label weer een hoop zieltjes erbij heeft gewonnen, maakt hij met Something in the Water weer een stap. Het album is geproduceerd door Jimmy Sutton (JD McPherson) en er is weer een keur aan gastmuzikanten te horen. Aan de formule is niets veranderd: ragtime, country, stokoude jazz en western swing worden vermengd tot nummers die zo aanstekelijk zijn dat iedereen op slag zou geloven dat het klassiekers uit de jaren ’20 en ’30 zijn. Pokey is op zoek naar perfectie en komt daar steeds dichterbij.
Pokey LaFarge will release his new album ‘Something in the Water’ via Rounder Records on April 7th. He recently premiered his video for the title track lead single which you can watch below.
Country folky throwback Pokey LaFarge has announced the release of his latest album and his first with Rounder Records called Something In The Water scheduled to arrive in stores on April 7th. The old-school throwback St. Louis singing and strumming song man signed with Rounder in November of 2014 after releasing six albums since his self-released debut in 2006, and most recently recorded an album for Jack White’s Third Man Records in 2013. The new album is produced by Jimmy Sutton (JD McPherson), and includes a dozen songs recorded by Pokey’s backing band and other select players.
“The Midwest is at the heart of this record,” says Pokey about the album that is said to expand and deepen his musical reach. “The people playing on these songs are from Wisconsin and Illinois and Chicago and St. Louis, and there’s a certain attitude that comes across in the songs and the way that they’re performed. I’m born and raised in the Midwest, and my family’s been here for generations. This is where I’m from and how I think, and that’s reflected in the music I make.”
Songs on the new record include “the swaggering ragtime workout ‘Wanna Be Your Man’ the infectiously jazzy ‘Underground,’ the evocative crooner ‘Cairo, Illinois,’ the exotic ballad ‘Barcelona’ and the swinging album-closer ‘Knocking the Dust off the Rust Belt Tonight.’”
“Needless to say, it is a true honor to begin this new relationship with Rounder and be counted among so many champions of American music, past and present,” Pokey says about signing with Rounder. He will now will have released an album on the same labels as greats like Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Alison Krauss, and dozens more since its inception in 1970 as a predominantly roots label.
Pokey LaFarge – Something In The Water
Label: Rounder Records
Release: 7 April 2015
1. Something in the Water
2. Wanna Be Your Man
4. When Did You Leave Heaven
5. Cairo, Illinois
6. Actin’ A Fool
7. All Night Long
8. Goodbye. Barcelona
9. Far Away
10. The Spark
11. Bad Girl
12. Knocking the Dust Off the Rust Belt Tonight
Pokey LaFarge will be over in the UK and Europe in May following the album release, dates below.
UK & European Tour Dates
27 | Leeds, UK | Brudenell Social Club
28 | Oxford, UK | O2 Academy Oxford
29 | London, UK | Islington Assembly Hall
30 | Rouen, France | Festival Zone Rouge
31 | Brussels, Belgium | Retrorama Festival
03 | Rotterdam, Netherlands | Maassilo
04 | Groningen, Netherlands | De Oosterpoort
05 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Paradiso Amsterdam
06 | Eindhoven, Netherlands | Naked Song Festival
07 | Nijmegen, Netherlands | Doornroosje