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James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg Release Guitar Duo Album

Albums of guitar duets are rare. Albums of guitar duets featuring one American and one Englishman, synthesizing their particular geographically specific approaches in a collection of new compositions, are even more rare. Not since Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn's partnerships of the 1970s has there been such a happy reconciliation of Merrie Old England and the good old USA, in which baroque meets the blues, music-hall steps out to ragtime, and Benjamin Britten sits down with Blind Blake.

James Elkington moved from London to Chicago around the turn of the millennium and has since released a string of albums as leader of The Zincs for Thrill Jockey Records.  After dissolving the band in 2008, Elkington has concentrated on acoustic, folk-tinged music with his band The Horse's Ha (that he shares with Freakwater's Janet Bean), culminating in the release of their debut album, Of The Cathmawr Yards in 2009. He is also the owner/operator of a clunky solo career, and moonlights convincingly as the guitar player in Jon Langford's (of The Mekons) Skull Orchard.

Nathan Salsburg is best known as an archivist and producer for the Alan Lomax Archive, curator of the Twos & Fews vernacular-music imprint on Drag City Records, and host of the "Root Hog Or Die" program on East Village Radio. But after a 2007 move from New York City back to his childhood home of Louisville, Kentucky - and the inclusion of a track on Tompkins Square's "Imaginational Anthem, Volume 3" compilation - he discovered adequate time, space, and energy to devote to guitar playing.

Elkington suggested a leap of faith into a collaboration, despite the fact that the two had never previously played guitar together. Avos, then, hither and thither over several seasons, between a porch in Louisville and a kitchen in Chicago, slowly took shape. Aptly, the name comes from the Russian word for the confident approach to new situations, and the faith that nothing tragic will occur once in them.

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg play their record release show on Sunday, October 9th at The Hideout in Chicago. More shows will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Nathan Moore | West Coast Tour + New Releases

Nathan Moore will support ALO on ten West Coast dates during their 5th annual Tour d’Amour in February. The tour will begin on February 9 in San Luis Obispo, include a headline appearance on February 16 in Arcata, CA and conclude on February 20 in Crystal Bay, NV. Moore has also left a week open on his West Coast schedule for a spontaneous Hippy Fiasco Rides Again run. Moore envisioned the concept last summer where he takes requests from fans to play living rooms, backyards, parks or "anywhere interesting," as word spreads about the unannounced performances through social media. Fans can request shows at Moore's website (nathanmoore.org) or by calling the Hippy Fiasco hotline (805.443.2423).

The Staunton, VA-based singer-songwriter's latest album, Dear Puppeteer, was released today by Brooklyn-based indie label, Royal Potato Family.

Upcoming Nathan Moore Tour Dates:

2/09 | SLO Brewing Co | San Luis Obispo, CA (w/ ALO)
2/10 | Belly Up | Solana Beach, CA (w/ ALO)
2/11 | Troubadour | West Hollywood, CA (w/ ALO)
2/12 | Saint Rocke | Hermosa Beach, CA (w/ ALO)
2/13 | SOhO | Santa Barbara, CA (w/ ALO)
2/16 | Humboldt Brews | Arcata, CA
2/17 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA (w/ ALO)
2/18 | Hopmonk | Sebastopol, CA (w/ ALO)
2/19 | Harlow’s | Sacramento, CA (w/ ALO)
2/20 | Crystal Bay Casino | Crystal Bay, NV (w/ ALO)
3/19 | SXSW | Austin, TX
3/23 | The Bell House | Brooklyn, NY (w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis)
3/25 & 3/26 | Suwannee Springfest | Live Oak, FL (w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis)
6/2-6/5 | Mountain Jam | Hunter, NY

Nathan Moore To Release 'Dear Puppeteer' Feb. 1

Nathan Moore has announced the release of Dear Puppeteer, his latest collection of songs, due February 1 on Royal Potato Family. The Staunton, Virginia-based singer and songwriter recorded the album around his home in the Shenandoah Valley with co-producer and guitarist Bryan Elijah Smith, as well as, out West at his previous Santa Fe, New Mexico stomping grounds, Frogville Studios.

Dear Puppeteer could best be described as a letter in 13 songs from Nathan Moore to the puppet masters: fear, mortality, the righteous, the jailor, lost love and lost time. On the title track, Moore sings: “Gonna write a letter, dear puppeteer, I don’t want to play here, I don’t wanna stay here." From this simple plea it's apparent that a restless spirit is at work. Nathan's warm fingerpicked acoustic guitar, ghostly harmonica gales, ancient ukulele meditations and tobacco-stained vocals are inhabited by a poet seeking something better, while giving song to the human condition in all of its beauty and sadness.

A crowning achievement from one of this generation's most prolific songwriters, Dear Puppeteer is Nathan Moore's ninth studio album to date. It follows 2009's well-received EP, Folk Singer, which led Paste Magazine to write, "The sharp, introspective lyrics of Nathan Moore draw an instant connection to the great folk singers of the past." The UK's Maverick Magazine said, "Many have come and many have tried, but we may finally have a storytelling successor to Dylan, Van Zandt and Cash." Moore, who first came to national attention as a founding member of ThaMuseMeant, also currently fronts the revered American rock band Surprise Me Mr. Davis.

Check out some coverage of Nathan Moore on The Grateful Web. | Stream debut track "Hollow" here

Dear Puppeteer track listing:

1. Like A Cartoon

2. Safe To Say

3. Dear Puppeteer

4. In The Basement

5. A Little Crazy

6. I'm The Same

7. The Garden

8. Hollow

9. Can't Fly To Heaven

10. When My Time Comes

11. Train Of Thoughts

12. Choose Thy Love

13. I'm Good Company

Surprise Me Mr. Davis | Summer Dates & 'Bridge Sessions' Segment

Surprise Me Mr. Davis have announced a handful of summer tour dates. The five piece rock band, featuring Nathan Moore, Brad Barr, Marco Benevento, Marc Friedman and Andrew Barr, will come together from their homes in Montreal, Brooklyn and the Shenandoah Valley for ten shows. They'll be supporting their latest EP release, That Man Eats Morning For Breakfast.

The Hidden Track blog noted in a recent live review: "Someone mentioned that it felt like seeing The Band in some club in 1970, and that seemed just about right--there is such skillful songsmithing, such virtuosity in performance, such joy and such a tortured voice in the quintet. The music glows and rolls and speaks as the greatest Americana does of all the back roads and small towns and small rooms in big cities, all the confused relationships, unrequited love and brotherly love. I can't help thinking, whenever Nathan Moore begins some political rant bookended by some semi-comical, semi-forlorn personal ramble, that this is what Walt Whitman would be doing if he were still alive." Jambase stated: "Surprise Me Mr. Davis needs to be recognized as one of the top bands in the live music scene; an appointment that is far overdue and richly deserved."

Upcoming Surprise Me Mr. Davis tour dates are:

June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 26 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
July 1 | High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 3 | High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 6 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA
July 7 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
August 19 | Fox Theater | Boulder, CO
August 20 | Three 20 South | Breckenridge, CO
August 21 | Newhoma Music Festival | Florissant, CO

Watch Surprise Me Mr. Davis perform an a-capella rendition the Nathan Moore song "Tombstone" on the Williamsburg Bridge shortly before they took the stage for a headline show in April at New York City's Mercury Lounge. The piece was filmed as a segment for "The Bridge Sessions."

Nathan Moore "Travelin' On" This Fall

Nathan Moore is back on the road in September for the third leg of his "Travelin' On" 2009 tour supporting his latest release, Folk Singer. Upcoming dates include both headline performances and opening slots with the likes of Assembly Of Dust, Shemekia Copeland and Marco Benevento Trio.

 

folk-singer"Since the economy has turned and with the state of the world, people are looking closer to home for things to sustain us. In that sense, the folk singer thrives," says Moore. "I seem to catch people off guard when I am performing, in how they are reacting to me. I think people are poised. Our culture is so accustomed to not having direct connection, people are just jaded enough to be pleasantly surprised by a little folk singer. They come up to me after the show and say 'I wasn't expecting to feel any of that stuff, thank you!'"

 

Nathan Moore has logged many miles since May, toting his bag of tricks from coast-to-coast and giving thousands a peek inside. The Staunton, VA-based singer-songwriter, who's known to also perform magic tricks onstage, and who also fronts the the indie roots band Surprise Me Mr. Davis, performs solo acoustic in the pure folk tradition with just voice, guitar and harmonica at his own shows. The eight tracks on Folk Singer were recorded in the same manner.

 

"Every song I've ever written started with just me and my guitar. It's the point of origin and, in that sense, the purest form of my songs," says Moore. "My reality is, these days, I'm mostly touring alone and it's great to have an album that represents this side of me."

 

Nathan Moore's Travelin' On Tour continues with more dates to be announced shortly:

September 14 |  | Iota Club & Cafe | Arlington, VA
September 18 | Clementine Cafe | Harrisonburg, VA
September  24 | Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA (w/ AOD/Emmitt Nershi)
September  25 | 92Y Tribeca | New York, NY (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
September 26 | Narrows Center | Fall River, MA (w/ Shemekia Copeland)
September  27 | The Iron Horse | Northampton, MA (w/ Emmitt Nershi)
September  28 | Stone Church | Newmarket, NH
September  29 | Langdon Street Cafe | Montpelier, VT (w/ Joe Adler)
September  30 | Parima | Burlington, VT (w/ Bryan Elijah Smith & Joe Adler)
October 2 | The Note | West Chester, PA (w/ AOD/Emmitt Nershi)
October 4 | Crozet Music Festival | Crozet, VA
October  15 | Purple Fiddle | Thomas, WV
October  28 | Conneticut Yankee | San Francisco, CA
October  29 | Las Tortugas, Dance of the Dead Festival | Groveland, CA
October 13 | Bear Creek Music Festival | Live Oak, FL
November 27 | Mockingbird | Staunton, VA

Nathan Moore's 'You Yeah Smokin' Hot'

Unlike the raw, folk music I heard during Nathan Moore's thought provoking solo sets on a recent short tour of the Northeast, his latest release, 'You Yeah Smokin' Hot', takes advantage of what the studio has to offer today's musician.