Kris Delmhorst (The Wild CD Release) & Jeffrey Foucault

Kris Delmhorst (The Wild CD Release) & Jeffrey Foucault

Sat · October 28, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Shea Theater

$20/Adv, $25/Door

This event is all ages

Kris Delmhorst
Kris Delmhorst
In the fall of 2017 Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault share the stage on a special split bill to celebrate the release of THE WILD, Kris Delmhorst’s 2017 album featuring Foucault and members of his band. Though married since 2004, these two acclaimed artists have until now maintained independent touring careers, and THE WILD marks their first foray into the studio together, to record Delmhorst’s darkly hopeful, fiercely wise new collection of songs. Merging her sophisticated melodies and hauntingly open voice with Foucault’s lean aesthetic, the album navigates the poles of home and away, known and unknown, and reunites her with old bandmates including Billy Conway - the former Morphine drummer who produced her first two albums - and bassist Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T). Featuring two distinct sets of music every night, with the two artists fronting the band in succession and joining each other's sets, the tour offers a rare and intimate performance from two of the country’s foremost songwriters.
Jeffrey Foucault
Jeffrey Foucault
“Contemporary and timeless.”
– The New York Times

“As a performer, Jeffrey Foucault has that enviable mix of great, unexpected songs and a warm and rugged stage presence that makes you feel alive and in awe all at once…’Salt as Wolves’ [is] his most satisfying record to date…it’s the record of a craftsman at the height of his powers.” – No Depression
“Pure songwriter… his songs are simple and powerful.” – NPR

I first saw Foucault play in a little Missoula theatre years ago, when many of us who grew up spinning our elders’ albums—Townes and Dylan, John Prine and Greg Brown—wandered around dolorously wondering when the next real songwriter would come along. Stetson sweaty, that little vagabond spark in his eye, he spun out a long Beam-fueled set and when it was over I walked out into the warm rain and thought, Damn. So that’s where he’s been. Since then Foucault has given American poetry some of its most vital lines and his musical searchings have become touchstones of density and durability. On this new record—his most poignant, honest, even scathing—his cry is a belt of pure blue Wisconsin lake ice with a back of December sunlight angling through bare limbed birches. Not so much penned as lived, these songs—about a show played perfectly to an empty bar, the real ones who die with nothing half the time— offer listeners that rare artistic combination of a voice and a world. And while there’s nothing not lonely about these songs, you can’t hear them and feel remotely alone. Here is our hurricane lamp, the heart whose flame won’t go out, whatever the wind. Hold it close.
Venue Information:
The Shea Theater
71 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA, 01376
http://www.theshea.org