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Monday, November 28th, 2011

John K. Samson To Release Solo Album 'Provincial'

John K. Samson, singer-songwriter for critically lauded indie rock band The Weakerthans, will release his first full length solo album, entitled Provincial, 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, which are available for pre-order now at the Epitaph Store.

Provincial travels four routes woven into the prairie landscape of Manitoba, the Canadian province where Samson lives. It finds familiar landmarks and forgotten ones; it mines the precise and particular. For a video glimpse of Provincial's prairie roadmap, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfqLrWMMPZ4

"Heart of the Continent," describes the sense of loss and despair that haunts the former site of a Winnipeg landmark, set against a backdrop of lilting country folk. The melodic rocker "When I Write my Master's Thesis," details a young academic's struggle to hold his life together as he tries complete his research of a forgotten institution in tiny Ninette, Manitoba, while "www.petitions.com/petition/riveronrifle/ " is a song in the form of an online petition to honor the valiant hockey player Reggie "The Riverton Rifle" Leach.

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 resulting album contains 12 fierce, tuneful, vivid stories united by a deep sense of place.

The Weakerthans were born out of the Winnipeg-punk-scene. The group's breakthrough album Reconstruction Site and its celebrated follow up Reunion Tour deftly merged a melodic punk with Bob Dylan-Ray Davies lyrical insights, earning a wider fan base and establishing Samson as a songwriter of immense talent. Paste Magazine wrote of Reunion Tour, "If such a prize existed, it would be the leading candidate for this year's Punk Pulitzer."

John K. Samson & The Provincial Band tour dates (More US & Canadian dates TBA soon!)

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
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

John K. Samson's artist page

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