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Winter Tour 2015, Midwinter 3, and more

Starting on January 3rd, I’ll be driving an outrageously indirect path from Vermont to Oregon, where I’ll be based all spring. Here’s where you can catch me along that route:

1/3 BURLINGTON, VERMONT: Radio Bean, 8pm
1/4 PORTLAND, MAINE: One Longfellow Square (co-bill with Max Garcia Conover, 7pm)
1/8 NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: Little Lights, 8pm
1/9 CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE: [private event]
1/11 ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Poem88, 8pm
1/12 LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS: TBA (with Dane Aaron)
1/13 DALLAS, TEXAS: Opening Bell, 8pm
1/15 TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA: The Branch, 8pm
1/16 BOULDER, COLORADO: House Concert
1/17 BOULDER, COLORADO: The Laughing Goat, 8pm
1/19 FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA: Firecreek Coffee, 7pm
1/23 EUGENE, OREGON: The Foundry (Sam Bond’s), 6pm
1/24 PORTLAND, OREGON: House Concert

Finally, here’s some new music. Every winter, I record a small handful of seasonally-themed songs and add them to a growing collection called Midwinter. I just released the 3rd volume, and you can hear some selections and download all eighteen songs here. There are five new songs this year, and they’re recorded entirely on piano and keyboard for a change, instead of being full of banjos and trombones like in the past. I’m very happy with how the whole collection is sounding, and I hope you’ll like it too:

Happy end-of-year, everybody. See you in 2015.

Ellery now available

The production and instrumentation by Ben Cosgrove is electric, tautly spare, and multilayered, built on top of Conover’s fingerstyle acoustic. It’s hard not to recall the work that Joe Boyd did with Nick Drake, alongside string arranger Robert Kirby… Cosgrove lets Conover pull back the reins and recall the feeling of a wide open dome of sky, of driving in the American West.”
– Sam Pfeifle, The Portland Phoenix

This year I produced and arranged an album for singer-songwriter Max García Conover, and after several months of work we officially released Ellery in Portland last night. It’s now out there for your delectation, on iTunes, Max’s site, and all the other other places where music can be acquired.

We did several performances together around Portland last week in the lead up to last night’s event, and this week I’m playing four more shows with Max and his wife Sophie to promote the release in the northeast before they head out on a big national tour in a hilarious vehicle. Hope to catch you at one of these:

9/15 PORTSMOUTH, NH – The Red Door, 8pm
9/17 CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Signet Society (46 Dunster St), 8pm
9/18 BROOKLYN, NY – Pete’s Candy Store, 9pm
9/19 MANHATTAN, NY – Pianos, 7pm

Hope you enjoy it. This record was a thrill to work on, and Max and I are both very proud of how it turned out.

Spring 2014 Midwestern Tour

I’m calling it a spring tour, but maybe that’s an optimistic way of describing a trip that will be taking me through a few of the wintriest places there are. In just a week and a half, I’ll be heading out to some favorite stops in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Ontario, just to make sure I’m not missing any opportunity to enjoy the snowiest, iciest driving conditions this country has to offer.

You’re invited to come, say hi, and warm up at some of these shows though, because they should be a lot of fun. Many are at great new venues I’m excited to see, and I’ll be bringing a few cases of Field Studies outside of New England for the first time since the album’s release last month. If you don’t already have a copy, you can get the album here on this site, or download it from Bandcamp or iTunes.

Here are the midwestern dates! A very classy tour poster can be downloaded here.

3/14 GUELPH, ON: Community Music Guelph, 9:00pm
3/15 SOUTH HAVEN, MI: Foundry Hall, 7:00pm, tickets here
3/17 MADISON, WI: Crescendo, 6:30pm
3/18 ST PAUL, MN: Black Dog, 7:00pm
3/19 DULUTH, MN: KUMD 103.3 FM, 2:00pm
3/19 DULUTH, MN: Lake Avenue , 9:00pm
3/20 TREMPEALEAU, WI: Historic Trempealeau Hotel, 7:00pm
3/21 MADISON, WI: Indie Coffee, 7:00pm
3/22 BLOOMINGTON, IN: Rachael’s Cafe, 7:00pm