Misra Records is very excited to announce the first in a series of living room tours. Jerry DeCicca (The Black Swans) & Adam Remnant (Southeast Engine) will be playing a string of intimate and all-acoustic house shows throughout July. It will be a unique tour of two critically acclaimed modern songwriters in an unparalleled environment.
These performances will bring back the intimacy large venues lack, holding only 40-50 guests, no sound systems or amps â€“ simply two artists and their instruments. It is an ideal environment to showcase DeCicca & Remnantâ€™s talent and power in a truly special way.
The living room tour follows the spring Misra release of The Black Swansâ€™ Donâ€™t Blame the Stars and Southeast Engineâ€™s Canary. Both albums have seen wide critical acclaim from outlets such as Pitchfork, Paste, NPR, Magnet, KEXP, No Depression, and many more.
Tickets are limited â€“ on sale at misrarecords.com/tours
Living room location announced upon ticket purchase
Shows start at 8 pm
FULL TOUR LIST AFTER THE JUMP
The Black Swans
Don’t Blame the Stars
Jerry DeCicca is one hell of a songwriter. He has quietly amassed a catalog of gems over the course of several stellar albums, an ep and a handful of equally stellar 7″ tracks that follow a solemn tradition, a niche of singer songwriters that defy categorization. Americana? Folk? Country? The songs on Don’t Blame the Stars possess elements of all these genres, but are hardly bound to them. These are dusty, lived in ruminations on faith, friendship and the power of music, delivered in DeCiccaâ€™s unmistakable baritone. He is accompanied by an incredibly sympathetic cast of talented musicians (including long-time band-mate Noel Sayre, who tragically passed mere months after the recording of this material), resulting in the fullest sounding, most accomplished set of songs the Black Swans have produced yet. The guitar playing of Chris Forbes shines throughout. Songs like “Joe Tex”, “Sunshine Street” and “I Forgot To Change The Windshield Wipers In My Mind” are some of the most upbeat songs in the Black Swans catalog, providing a perfect balance to the somber title track and the sparse “Little Things”. Don’t Blame The Stars is as excellent an album of Americana-tinged storytelling as you are likely to hear this year. Highly recommended.
Canary is the album I have been waiting for Southeast Engine to make. It is really good. Seriously. I have always had a great deal of respect for this band and Adam Remnant’s songwriting, but they’ve never before grabbed my attention the way this record does. In my almost 10 years in Athens these guys have always been a huge part of the music community here, but this one hits me all the way through. As someone that has seen this band dozens of times and heard their recordings over their career, I can honestly say that with Canary, Southeast Engine finally finds what I think they’ve been looking for.
The tale told over Canary‘s 11 songs is one of America during the Great Depression, specifically the story of a miner in my own adopted home of Athens County who is struggling through a particularly rough patch of his existence. A story of poverty and hopelessness that really turns out to be one of searching and understanding. Rem’s songs follow through those themes of closed mines and mills and a beautiful and storied landscape and culture that have been stolen away. It is that underlying hope that frames Canary, strength found in love, family, and the importance of home and tradition. â€œSure things could be better, at least we have each other.â€ A story steeped in history, but as contemporary as they come.
Canary‘s production is beautiful (thanks to Josh and the fine folks of 3 Elliott Studios here in town), but its the songs themselves that carry the record and the band. The songs are intense, musically and lyrically and lush instrumentation is added from peripheral instruments (banjos, fiddles, harmonicas) and from rollicking, fuzzy versions of their basic setup (Adam’s badass guitar solo on â€œ1933 Great Depressionâ€ and Billy’s sweet organ on â€œAt Least We Have Each Otherâ€) for the more uptempo numbers. â€œThe Curse of Canaanvilleâ€, â€œMountain Childâ€, and the beautiful plea â€œAdeline of the Appalachian Mountainsâ€ showcase both the depth of Remnant’s songwriting and voice while showing the range of the band itself.
Another of my personal favorite Athens songwriters, Mike Elliott said today â€œSoutheast Engine has begun the take over. review after review, blog after blog, I see things like this..â€ and then links to a review of a recent Chicago show with the headline â€œSoutheast Engine’s show at Schuba’s almost too much to takeâ€. I hope the reviews keep rolling in like that from the corners of this country, this album deserves it.
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