So very excited to return to Europe this week for BOHEMIA tourdates! Hitting the Netherlands first... playing shows in Maastricht and Liempde on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, thanks to my hosts AJ and Judith Terlouw. On Sunday, June 30, I'll be doing a 10pm set at Muziekcafé Local Vredebreuk for The Hague International Singer-Songwriter Festival, followed by a set from my friend Kathy Ziegler.
Back in Prague CZ for five shows between Tuesday, July 2 and Sunday, July 7. This is the fourth summer in a row I've been able to perform in Prague – I feel lucky to have tapped into a beautiful community of musicians, friends and fans there. Can't wait to see everyone and drink some pivo. This time around, I'll be splitting a bill with Justin Lavash and performing at old haunts the RedRoom and James Joyce, along with some new venues.
Wrapping up my trip with four UK shows in the greater London area between Tuesday, July 9 and Saturday, July 13. I'll again be sharing a couple of bills with talented friend Mick Terry. Mick and I will be sharing the stage with Jim Boggia at the 12 Bar on July 9. We'll be with Danny George Wilson (of Danny and The Champs) at Betsey Trotwood on July 10 for Mick's Living Room Scene series (yes, he did name the series after the Dillon Fence album!)
Details, ticket links, and venue websites for all of these shows are at my schedule page. Hope to see many of my European friends and fans this time around... please tell your friends to catch a set.
SUMMER 2013 BOHEMIA EUROPEAN TOUR:
Fri 6/28/13 Cafe Con Leche Maastricht, NL
Sat 6/29/13 House Concert Liempde, NL
Sun 6/30/13 The Hague International Singer-Songwriter Festival The Hague, NL
Tue 7/02/13 The Tunnel Prague, CZ with Justin Lavash
Wed 7/03/13 RedRoom Prague, CZ
Thu 7/04/13 Joy Prague, CZ
Fri 7/05/13 James Joyce Prague, CZ
Sun 7/07/13 Caffreys Prague, CZ
Tue 7/09/13 12 Bar London, UK with Jim Boggia, Mick Terry
Wed 7/10/13 Betsey Trotwood London, UK with Mick Terry, Danny George Wilson
Fri 7/12/13 Spiritual Caipirinha Bar London, UK
Sat 7/13/13 Jerusalem Bar London, UK
SUMMER HOOT – UPSTATE NY FESTIVAL AUGUST 23 – 25
Also excited about performing at the Summer Hoot, a new summer festival at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY from August 23 – 25. My friends Mike + Ruthy, a fantastic duo, are the organizers. They've put together a great line-up of performers including The Dirt Farmer Band (featuring Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs and Justin Guip,) Natalie Merchant, Chris Merenda, Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, The Wiyos and more.
NEW HOBEX LIVE RECORDING
HOBEX had a great time at our NC gigs at the beginning of June. Here's a live set from the Texas Pete Twin City Rib Festival on 6/13/13, if you'd like to have a listen or download. The band (Andy Ware, Dan Davis, Tim Smith, Robert Cantrell, Doug Largent) is sounding fierce these days, whenever we get together! Thanks to all who came out and thanks to Terry Killebrew for taping and posting this show.
NEW ALBUM: BOHEMIA
Check out the new music video that I made recently for the song "Across The Ocean, Mama," the third track on BOHEMIA. Buy BOHEMIA on iTunes here. Purchase a hard copy via PayPal here. Have a listen online here or here.
Bohemia is a 9 song puzzle. Some tunes are newer; some were written during my last couple of summers in Prague, CZ and the EU. They fit together just so.
It's about leaving, and arriving. You could consider it a love letter (or goodbye note) to my home state of North Carolina. You could also consider this LP a musical warm-up, setting the stage for new adventures in New York City and beyond.
Bohemia features musical turns from very talented guests Matt Brandau, Phil Cook, and Lizzy Ross. There's a song co-written in Nashville, TN (and on Interstate 40) with Lizzy Ross, and a song co-written drunk on a roof in Prague with Montana singer-songwriter Jessica Kilroy.
It's of a piece with my previous three solo albums Trunk Songs, Realign Your Mind, and People You May Know; mostly acoustic. Mostly recorded at my studio in Durham NC with help from friends.
BOHEMIA1. Someday, I’ll Have My Due 2. Sayin’ What You Mean 3. Across The Ocean, Mama 4. While You’re Away 5. Jubble On, Jubbly 6. Shelby, I Told You 7. Hush 8. Sweet La Rue 9. Railroad Bill
Someday, I’ll Have My Due – A 6/8 ballad in the old soul style. Guess you could say it's about believing in the future, despite the odds.
Sayin’ What You Mean – Nowhere in the song am I saying what *I* mean.
Across The Ocean, Mama – About saying goodbye, forever. We all have to at some point.
While You’re Away – An older song that Matt Brandau and I recorded at his studio here in NYC one afternoon last summer. Matt played bass, drums and keys on this version and gave it a reggae spin. I'm on guitars and vocals.
Jubble on, Jubbly – A non-sequiturrific number co-written on a roof in Prague one night with Montana Singer-songwriter Jessica Kilroy and others. Alcohol was involved. This version features the fantastic Phil Cook on Slide Dobro.
Shelby, I Told You – A chart-topper written for fictional country star 'Keith Cline' by myself and Lizzy Ross. On our way to Memphis for Folk Alliance International, we spent an evening in Nashville listening to bands play classic country in the honky-tonks of Broadway Avenue. We wrote this tune a few days later in the car on our way back to North Carolina. Lizzy sings harmony on this version.
Hush – A happy confection I whipped up one afternoon in my living room last spring. You can hear my dog Daisy shake her collar at the beginning of the tune.
Sweet La Rue – The song had been sitting on the shelf for a long time... I played it on the ukelele one day and it felt just right.
Railroad Bill – Our take on a traditional number. Phil Cook and I play guitar and sing together on this version.
Produced, engineered and mixed by Greg Humphreys. Track 4 produced by Matt Brandau and Greg Humphreys, engineered by Matt Brandau.Mastered by Colin Leonard at SING Mastering.
Greg Humphreys: Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Steel Guitar, Hand Claps, Bass Guitar, Ukelele.Matt Brandau: Track 4 Bass Guitar, Drums, Wurlitzer Piano. Lizzy Ross: Track 6 Harmony Vocals. Phil Cook: Track 5 Slide Dobro, Track 9 Vocals and Guitar. Daisy dog: Track 7 Percussion.
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 written by Greg Humphreys. © Phrex Music BMI 2013.Track 6 written by Lizzy Ross BMI and Greg Humphreys BMI. Track 5 written by Jessica Kilroy BMI, Greg Humphreys BMI, Rinnah Henderson BMI. Track 9 traditional arrangement by Phil Cook and Greg Humphreys.
Until next time,