The evocative and beautifully mournful song, a companion to the recently premiered "When I Write my Master's Thesis," is titled "Letter in Icelandic from the Ninette San." It is set in a tuberculosis sanatorium which existed in the small town of Ninette, Manitoba from 1915 to 1973. The lilting and moving lyrics are sung as a letter written by a fictional Icelandic immigrant patient residing in the San, to his brother back home in Riverton, Manitoba, sometime in the 1940s.
To hear the incredible new song "Letter in Icelandic from the Ninette San," go to Brooklyn Vegan.
Provincial will be released this January 24th via Epitaph-Anti Records. The record contains newly recorded versions of songs from Samson's previous two acclaimed EPs, "City Route 85" and "Provincial Road 222," alongside a collection of beautifully evocative new tracks. 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. The resulting album contains 12 fierce, tuneful, vivid stories united by a deep sense of place.
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 3/16 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 4/14 Saskatoon, SK at Amigos Cantina