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Jeffrey Foucault and Erik Koskinen

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Jeffrey Foucault - "Jesus Will Fix It"

Jeffrey Foucault- Bio:

BLOOD BROTHERS, the much-anticipated follow-up to Jeffrey Foucault’s critically acclaimed 2015 album Salt As Wolves (“Immaculately tailored… Sometimes his songs run right up to the edge of the grandiose and hold still, and that's when he's best… Close to perfection” - New York Times; “Pure Songwriter, simple and powerful” - Morning Edition, NPR) is a collection of reveries, interlacing memory with the present tense to examine the indelible connections of love across time and distance. The poet Wallace Stevens wrote that technique is the proof of seriousness, and from the first suspended chord of 'Dishes' - a waltzing hymn to the quotidian details of life, which are life itself ('Do the dishes / With the windows open') - Foucault deftly cuts the template for the album as a whole, showing his mastery of technique as he unwinds a deeply patient collection of songs at the borderlands of memory and desire.

In two decades on the road Jeffrey Foucault has become one of the most distinctive voices in American music, refining a sound instantly recognizable for its simplicity and emotional power, a decidedly Midwestern amalgam of blues, country, rock’n’roll, and folk. He’s built a brick-and-mortar international touring career on multiple studio albums, countless miles, and general critical acclaim, being lauded for “Stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest” (The New Yorker), and described as “Quietly brilliant” (The Irish Times), while catching the ear of everyone from Van Dyke Parks to Greil Marcus, to Don Henley, who regularly covers Foucault in his live set. BLOOD BROTHERS is the sixth collection of original songs in a career remarkable for an unrelenting dedication to craft, and independence from trend.

Cut live to tape in three days at Pachyderm Studios in rural Minnesota, BLOOD BROTHERS reconvenes Salt As Wolves' all-star ensemble: Billy Conway on drums, Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams) on electric guitars, and Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass, joined this time out by pedal steel great Eric Heywood (Pretenders) to unite in the studio both iterations of the band with which Foucault has toured and recorded for over a decade. Charting a vision of American music without cheap imitation or self-conscious irony, the ensemble deploys an instinctive restraint and use of negative space, an economy of phrase and raw simplicity that complement perfectly Foucault’s elegant lines and weather-beaten drawl.

As noise and politics, fashion and illusion obtrude on all fronts, BLOOD BROTHERS takes a deep breath and a step inward, with tenderness and human concern, paying constant attention to the places where the mundane and the holy merge like water. In language pared to element, backed by his world-class band, Foucault considers the nature of love and time in ten songs free of ornament, staking out and enlarging the ground he’s been working diligently all the new century: quietly building a deep, resonant catalogue of songs about about love, memory, God, desire, wilderness, and loss.

NEW YORK TIMES:
“Immaculately tailored… Sometimes his songs run right up to the edge of the grandiose and hold still, and that's when he's best… Close to perfection”

GREIL MARCUS:
“A country plea, a blues reach for facts beyond sound, the sense of immediate doom that only a slide guitar can make in its hesitations, its sense of suspension that seems to hold everything a step behind where it ought to be... scary in the bend of the first note”

MORNING EDITION (NPR):
“Pure Songwriter””

DON HENLEY:
“Jeffrey Foucault… clocks modern culture about as good as I've ever heard anybody clock it”

THE NEW YORKER:
“Jeffrey Foucault sings stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest”

MOJO:
“Songwriting brilliance”

THE IRISH TIMES:
“Quietly brilliant”

UNCUT:
“The music of Wisconsin native Foucault is the kind so many aspire to but never attain: beat-up troubadour folk whittled to dolorous perfection”

Erik Koskinen - "Free Man"

Musically sprouted from the blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues, Erik Koskinen and his top-shelf band realize a sound that is distinctive and fresh while familiar and classic. Koskinen’s albums are a lyrical and musical metaphor of American’s theaters of war, of history, of relationships, and of the reflections in the mirror. Knowing but not didactic, Koskinen channels the ways of Whitman and reverently enters the anthology of uniquely crafted wry songs with the likes of Woody Guthrie and Ry Cooder while speaking as plainly as your neighbor.

The release of Koskinen’s latest EP, Cruising Paradise, coincides with Black Friday—Record Store Day, November 24, 2017. The EP includes six songs, “Broke Down,” “Free Man,” “On Christmas Day,” Red Dress Girl,” “Big Machine,” and “Cruising Paradise the Long Way Around.” All songs were mixed and mastered at Real-Phonic Studios, except “Red Dress Girl,” which was recorded at Master Mix by Tom Garneau. Garneau also recorded “Broke Down” at Real-Phonic Studios. Michael Rossetto added musical direction to “Free Man.” Guitarists Mike LeBeau and Paul Bergen, bassist Steve Garrington, and drummer JT Bates assist on “Broke Down”. “Red Dress Girl” features Frankie Lee on organ, Liz Draper on upright bass, and Jeremy Johnson on drums. Otherwise Erik Koskinen performs all music.

About his inspiration for the new EP, Koskinen shared, “I’ve been working on all kinds of projects the past few years and have written a lot of new songs. But these six seemed to have a thread all the way through, a story from song one to song six.” The title, he said, was an homage to Sam Shepard, the actor and writer who died earlier this year. “Shepard’s death is a significant loss to me. This has been a year where we’ve lost giants. Pioneers in literature and music are gone. Who’s gonna step up and fill the vacuum?”

Cruising Paradise follows Koskinen’s first three albums, America Theatre, Live At the Real Phonic Radio Hour, and Keep It to Yourself. The EP will be available at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis and Duluth, other fine record stores, online, at streaming sites, and for digital download.

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