Damien Jurado “What’s New, Tomboy?” (Loose, 2020)

What’s New, Tomboy?’ is the 15th album from Seattle-born Damien Jurado. It’s a relatively short offer at around 30 minutes long. And there’s both a lot and not very much packed into that time. Let us explain. Most of the tracks are simply guitar and Jurado’s voice. He comments: “I left out certain instruments on purpose, so you’re making space for the listener to fill in their own melodies and parts.” With each song laid out in such a stripped-back form, is there a danger that there’s not enough substance? Continue reading “Damien Jurado “What’s New, Tomboy?” (Loose, 2020)”

Pickathon presents a concert a day – starting with Drive By Truckers

Long-running Portland, Oregon festival Pickathon has announced a new series of concerts for the next 2 months entitled ‘A Concert A Day’. The initiative has been set up to help musicians and artist communities through the Recording Academy’s MusiCares organization, with the rationale that during the current more or less worldwide lockdown, with so many artists unable to tour and so many people stuck at home, they are opening the vaults to premiere one full concert a day for 60 days, streaming for free on Facebook, Amazon Music’s Twitch channel, and on YouTube. And if you want to make a donation, all proceeds will go to MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Continue reading “Pickathon presents a concert a day – starting with Drive By Truckers”

Damien Jurado “Birds Tricked Into The Trees” – Listen

Birds Tricked into the Trees‘ is taken from Damien Jurado’s new album ‘What’s New, Tomboy?’ which is out on Loose on May 1st.  It’s the album opener and sees Jurado groping through strands of reality to find some kind of truth, some kind of handle on the underlining ways in which the world works. Continue reading “Damien Jurado “Birds Tricked Into The Trees” – Listen”

Damien Jurado + Dana Garvanski, FolkeStone Quarterhouse, Folkestone, 1st March 2020

During his outstanding set, Damien Jurado mentioned that it was the first time he had played in Folkestone and he apologized to the local members of the audience for his prior belief that it was only a jetty and not a town.  The venue he played in – the Folkestone Quarterhouse – is at the heart of the Creative movement in Folkestone, focusing on the arts, music and theatre.  It provided the audience an intimate friendly space to absorb Jurado’s songs about longing, loss, love, illness and death. Continue reading “Damien Jurado + Dana Garvanski, FolkeStone Quarterhouse, Folkestone, 1st March 2020”

Damien Jurado arrives in UK next month for dates

Damien Jurado is set to return to Europe next month. The tour, which kicks off in London on 21st February, sees Jurado showcasing his critically acclaimed 14th studio album, ‘In the Shape of a Storm’, which came out last April. Continue reading “Damien Jurado arrives in UK next month for dates”