John K. Samson is the singer and songwriter for the highly acclaimed indie rock band, The Weakerthans. On January 24th, Samson will release a full length solo album, Provincial via Epitaph/Anti Records. In anticipation, href="http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2012/01/album-stream-john-k-samson---provincial.html">PasteMagazine.com> is streaming the new record in it's entirety.
To listen to Provincial, please go href="http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2012/01/album-stream-john-k-samson---provincial.html">here>.
Provincial contains 12 musical vignettes united by a deep sense of place. They are hymns for the departed and rockers for the living, songs about dying villages, Icelandic longing, snowplows, broken glass, satellites, hockey skates, and staff room romances. In creating these sonic portraits, Samson talked to relatives, friends and strangers; he visited archives, a tuberculosis sanatorium turned RV Park and a forgotten cemetery.
The live dates will feature songs from the new album backed by The Provincial Band, comprised of Shotgun Jimmie on guitar (Jimmie will also open the shows), Doug Friesen (Pete Elkas, Bidiniband) on electric and upright bass and Doug MacGregor (Constantines) on drums. Samson will also perform a selection of solo renditions of material spanning his 20 years as a songwriter.
To watch an evocative cinematic glimpse of Provincial's prairie roadmap, go href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfqLrWMMPZ4">here>.
John K. Samson & The Provincial Band Tour Dates:
3/7 Kingston, ON at The Grad Club 3/8 Ottawa, ON at Mavericks Bar 3/9 Montreal, QC at La Sala Rossa 3/10 Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall 3/11 Philadelphia, PA at Union Transfer 3/13 Washington DC at Black Cat 3/15 New York, NY at Bowery Ballroom 3/14 Hoboken, NJ at Maxwell's 3/16 Pittsburgh, PA at Club Cafe 3/17 Buffalo, NY at Mohawk 3/18 Hamilton, ON at The Casbah 3/20 London, ON at The Aeolian Hall 3/21 Guelph, ON at E-Bar 3/22 Toronto, ON at Great Hall 3/27 Winnipeg, MB at West End Cultural Centre 3/28 Regina, SK at The Exchange 3/29 Edmonton, AB at The Royal Alberta Museum Theater 3/31 Vancouver, BC at The Biltmore 4/1 Seattle,WA at Tractor Tavern 4/2 Portland, OR at Doug Fir 4/5 San Diego, CA at The Casbah 4/6 Los Angeles, CA at The Troubadour 4/7 San Francisco, CA at Bottom of the Hill 4/8 Santa Cruz, CA at The Atrium 4/11 Bellingham, WA at The Shakedown 4/13 Calgary, AB at The Palomino 4/12 Kamloops, BC at Hero's Pub 4/14 Saskatoon, SK at Amigos Cantina