August 12, 2017

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 – solo
Karl_Blauphoto by Laura Veirs


January 12, 2017

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

Karl Blau / LAKE USA Tour Now!

October 22, 2016

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!

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

2 Videos from Introducing

June 26, 2016

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.



country/soul album “INTRODUCING” official street date and first single

February 20, 2016

“Introducing” releasing May 13th 2016 on Bella Union(UK/EU) and Raven Marching Band Records(US) has elements of country and soul covering tunes written in the 70s by songwriters Tom T. Hall, Waylon Jennings, Don Gibson, Barry Gibb, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Rush, Layng Martine, Jr.

Featuring the masterminding and production of Tucker Martine‘s  (as well as drums!), Eli Moore‘s beautiful guitar, Steve Moore on the piano and organ, and some backing vocals by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Laura Veirs, here’s Fallin’ Rain, written by Link Wray for his 1971 album “Link Wray.”

Thanks to The Line of Best Fit for sending out album/single announcements this February 18th 2016 post –…ry/karl-blau

“Maherican Dream” Realized

October 13, 2014
(original art for Maherican Dream by Kevin Noonan)
NEW BLAU ALBUM:   Maherican Dream
Created like the process of dreaming, the story of recording Maherican Dream started by reaching inside asking what is right in front of our faces.  Dreaming of low-lying fruit – LAKE and I swapped records – I would produce one for them (Circular Doorway, recorded in The Unknown, Anacortes) in exchange for LAKE backing me ( a la Nature’s Got Away) at Dub Narcotic Studio, Olympia.
 Karl Blay Dub Narcotic
(above:  Karl and Patrick dialing in the dream at Dub Narcotic, Olympia)
We could end up calling this style Northern Tropicalia – finding invigorating percussion and juxtaposing smooth, rich melodies over a base of softness like tropical sea water.  The players of the initial layering of Maherican Dream leaned into one another and listened carefully to the interweaving of sonic textures.   Playing with the flat 7 mode and sometimes a sharp 4th keeps the music feeling exotic – over the months that followed the backing tracks  Karl crafted melodies to these recordings.  Then he wrote lyrics just for the specific feeling of the music.
Lyrically, heavy symbolism (as you would expect, perhaps?) churning with concrete imagery mixes and blurs the lines between reality and dream state.

Named in reference/reverence to Tori Kudo’s Maher Shalal Hash Baz, “Maherican Dream” engages the child-mind to shake up and break down the framework of routine and mindlessness.