March 2nd through 16th 2018 – Karl Blau appears on a European Tour of solo shows featuring songs from Out Her Space and beyond with support by fellow Bella Union artist Sumie
2nd – Hamburg, DE – MS Stubnitz
3rd – Berlin, DE – Badehaus Berlin
5th – Amsterdam, NL – Roode Bioscoop
6th – Brussels, BE – Chez PIAS
7th – Oostende, BE – Manuscript
8th – London, UK – Borderline
9th – Bristol, UK – The Station
10th – Manchester, UK – Low Four @ Old Granada Studios
12th – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
13th – Glasgow, UK – Hug & Pint
14th – Liverpool, UK – Leaf
15th – Dublin, IRE – The Workman’s Club
16th – Cork, IRE – Cypress Avenue
Boy, 5 years in the making… it all started back in 2012 when from Richmond, VA Matthew E. White gives me a call to see if I would be interested in recording with his outfit aka Spacebomb. Working with Spacebomb included at our disposal – horn players, strings, choir, and only the finest backing band – Cameron Ralston on bass guitar, Pinson Chanselle on drums and Matt himself on guitar. At the time we also recorded back to back (actually back and forth) Matthew E. White’s “Big Inner” (catch the name play?) which came out initially on Spacebomb, then quickly snatched up by Domino.
It was an amazing experience to work with these cats, all wonderful folks and just off the hook musicians. Check out the incredible trumpet and trombone by Bob Miller and Bryan Hooten, respectively.
Fast forward 4 years to 2016 and I’m having breakfast outside at a diner in Brighton, England with Simon Raymonde the label head of Bella Union and telling him about this album which I had been remixing and re-singing and doing some final dress-ups for. From that point until now it seems like a blur, Randy Walker designed this fabulous album cover – it’s in my grubby mitts today, pressed on luscious, red vinyl (and of course available as well on CD and digitally) – find your local, record shop! With gratitude I humbly announce this the second Bella Union release, a decided departure from the country/soul of Introducing.
A fabulous welcoming for the Introducing record since it’s release in May 2016. To be invited back for the 3rd time to play east of the Atlantic Ocean is really thrilling. Here is the list of some solo shows, some with a little band, a few with the amazing Laura Gibson from Portland, Oregon, USA(denoted with asterisk). We’re bringing a special treat of a mini set of songs from my hometown of Anacortes, a few classics written by Bryan Elliott of Gravel and Jon Lunsford of Pounding Serfs. See you there!
Sun, Aug 13 – Malmö, Sweden – Malmö Festival – solo
Wed, Aug 16 – London, England – Oslo*
Thu, Aug 17 – Bristol, England – The Lantern*
Fri, Aug 18 – Brecon Beacons, Wales – Green Man Festival
Sat, Aug 19 – York, England – The Crescent *
Sun, Aug 20 – Stirling, Scotland – Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival
Tue, Aug 22 – Leicester, England – The Musician
Thu, Aug 24 – Guilford, England – Boiler Room
Sat, Aug 26 – Tønder, Denmark – Tønderfest
Sun, Aug 27 – Tønder, Denmark – Tønderfest
Tue, Aug 29 – Trondheim, Norway – Moskus – solo
Wed, Aug 30 – Stavanger, Norway – Folken – solo
Thu, Aug 31 – Oslo, Norway – Mono – solo
Sat, Sep 2 – Rutbeek, Netherlands – Tuckerville Festival – solo
Sun, Sep 3 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Molen de Ster – solophoto by Laura Veirs
Bringing back the band from our outrageous Fall tour – Jon Hyde on pedal steel along with Eli Moore on bass and Andrew Dorsett on drums. Jon and Eli were key players on the Introducing recording sessions and Eli and Andrew both play in fab NW staple LAKE.
Fri 3 Feb AT Vienna @Haus Der Musik
Sun 5 Feb CH Geneva @Antigel Festival
Mon 6 Feb CH Zurich @El Lokal
Wed 8 Feb FR Amiens @ Lune des Pirates
Thu 9 Feb FR Nancy @ L’Autre Canal
Fri 10 Feb FR Annecy @ Le Brise Glace
Sat 11 Feb FR Dijon @ La Vapeur
Sun 12 Feb FR Paris @ La Maroquinerie
Tue 14 Feb UK London @100 Club
Wed 15 Feb UK Winchester @The Railway Inn
Thu 16 Feb UK Bristol @Louisiana
Fri 17 Feb UK Liverpool @Leaf
Sat 18 Feb IRE Dublin @Whelan’s
Sun 19 Feb IRE Galway @Roisin Dubh
Mon 20 Feb IRE Kilkenny @Cleere’s
Tue 21 Feb IRE Cork @Cyprus Avenue
Thu 23 Feb UK Birmingham @Hare & Hound
Fri 24 Feb UK Oxford @The Bullingdon
Sat 25 Feb BE Brussels @Witloof Bar – Botanique
Sun 26 Feb NL Groningen @De Speigel
Mon 27 Feb NL Amsterdam @Bitterzoet
Tue 28 Feb DK Odense @Dexter
Thu 2 Mar DE Berlin @Privatclub
Fri 3 Mar DE Schorndorf @Manufaktur
Sat 4 Mar DE Munich @Hauskonzerte
Happy to be on tour with LAKE all over the grand ole USA playing “Introducing” and other cuts with Ashley, Eli and Andrew as my band and playing bass with LAKE myself. Check out where we play near you and let your friends know!
2 part video series to accompany INTRODUCING: Karl Blau. Produced by Cowboy Mustache. Executive Producer, camera, some appearances by Royal Malloy. Camera, editing, post production, and some acting by Dave Matthies. Main supportive acting by Kyle Field. Additional acting by Andrea Matthies. Thank you to the Bill Walton Family for letting us film at your pad.
Part One – “Fallin’ Rain,” song written by Link Wray ( buy the original song on iTunes here ). In this visual, the man is overwhelmed and overcome suddenly by grief how people treat each other so shallowly as the violence that occurs each day. He seeks solace in a trip to his local shaman friend who guides him through a process of looking deeper into his self through meditation. Starring Kyle Field as shaman coffee drinker.
In Part Two the song “That’s How I Got To Memphis” ( written by Tom T. Hall ) takes this privileged dude on a journey to the town of Memphis, on the way he gives rides to hitchhikers until he himself becomes one after his Porsche breaks down. En route the guy gives and receives token, ritualistic symbols from strangers transforming him from a materialistic person into an artistically materialistic person as he finally rolls into his destination town.