Critically acclaimed singer and songwriter James McCartney will embark on his second ever US tour in May and June of this year, to support his new record, The Blackberry Train. Kicking off the tour on May 10th in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. James will bring his songs to fans across the country, stopping in Eugene, Oregon; Spokane, Washington; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Tucson, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee and other cities. For more information & to buy tickets click here.
James McCartney announces his new album ‘The Blackberry Train’ – Worldwide release May 6th
James issues the sharpest entry of his vision, The Blackberry Train engineered by Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies and PJ Harvey), to be released worldwide May 6th on Maybenot via Kobalt Label Services.
The opening track “Too Hard” which can be described as a jangling rocker, James says: “ I wrote it in L.A, and tried to infuse it with a country feel to really bring out that desperation, and the idea of trying too hard. Dhani Harrison came into the studio and we both collaborated on the guitar solo in the song.”
‘The Blackberry Train’ manages to be both diverse and cohesive. Opening with the invigorating “Too Hard” and closing with the stately and aptly named folk song, “Peace and Stillness.” Between these bookends, highlights include the rough-edged and urgently melodic “Unicorn,” the anthemic “Peyote Coyote,” and the soulful ballad “Prayer.” One very personal song is the winsome and reflective “Waterfall” which was inspired by memories of his mother.
“It’s all been an evolution,” James says. “This set of songs definitely has a harder edge, but it’s a continuation of the last album. The main thing for me is to not conform or compromise.”
To accurately capture the music in his head, James sought out the distinct audio stylings of Steve Albini. The results make for an edgy and eclectic album with fastidiously crafted songs documented in the studio with glorious purity.
“I like the music to have elements of the avant-garde, psychedelic, and be just a little against the grain,” James reveals. “But in the end, it’s about having as much emotion as possible for me, musically and lyrically. It’s all about the music being cathartic, heartfelt and true.”
Pre-order the album now here
New track “Too Hard” available now – listen to it here
The Blackberry Train Track Listing:
Ring a Ring O’Roses
Peace and Stillness
Following 2013′s critically received debut album Me, James McCartney’s journey now continues with the announcement of a three-night residency at London’s The Islington on Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 10th & Thursday 17th December 2015.
Having spent much of 2013 on the road touring the US, Europe and the UK and playing to bigger crowds, who have discovered his songs and music organically, James is now set to release new music in 2016.
“The set of songs I’m currently working on definitely have a harder edge, but the thread of commonality that runs through them, is a great lyric or a great melody.”
Melding influences ranging from current indie rockette’s Warpaint with shades of Nirvana, James’ new material promises one thing; not to conform. “That’s the main thing for me as an artist, not to compromise lyrically, musically or artistically.”
Full Event Information:
Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 10th & 17th December
The Islington, London
Tickets On-sale: Friday 6th November 9am
James will play at Personal Fest 2014 on November 8th. A debut performance with the chance for James to finally play in front of his South American fanbase who have supported him along the way (as have you all). For further details click here
Saturday 6th October – Special Acoustic Show (doors 8:15pm)
On the back of James appearance earlier this year with his band, James returns to Rockwood for a one off acoustic show. Expect to hear some of your favourite songs along with some new ones!
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At Sundance, he will play two shows for ASCAP’s Music Café. Head on over to the SHOWS section for all the relevant details & to purchase tickets. McCartney’s U.S. shows will celebrate the recent release of ‘The Complete EP Collection’ (Engine Company), which combines McCartney’s two previous EP’s with five never-heard bonus tracks. The special two-disc set was produced by David Kahne and Paul McCartney. Critics praise his songs’ “strong pop hooks” (Rolling Stone) and “many bold, original touches” (Times of London).
James will perform at:
Hare & Hounds, Birmingham – Tuesday 13 December 2011
Ruby Lounge, Manchester – Wednesday 14 December 2011
Barfly, London – Thursday 15 December 2011