Billy Bragg, The Tooth & Nail Tour. Special guest Kim Churchill - 4/12
at City Winery Chicago
WNUR Welcomes Billy Bragg with special guest Kim Churchill
Beloved singer/songwriter Billy Bragg has announced the March 19 release of his tenth album Tooth & Nail, his first since 2008's acclaimed Mr. Love and Justice. The album was produced by songwriter/producer Joe Henry and will be released via Cooking Vinyl.
Inspired by a fan's tweet referring to Bragg as "The Sherpa of Heartbreak," the album's twelve original tracks were written with an eye towards the personal rather than the political. "Most people, when they hear my name, think of polemical anthems born in struggle," says Bragg. "I often find myself having to remind people that I am also the Sherpa of Heartbreak, writing songs about the struggle to maintain our relationships with those we love the most." He adds, "It is fitting that Tooth & Nail should be my next release after the re-issue of the Billy Bragg & Wilco collaboration as, stylistically, it is the follow-up to Mermaid Avenue that I never made."
The album was recorded live, with no overdubs, in five days—an approach not used by Bragg since his 1983 debut Life's a Riot With Spy Vs. Spy—at Joe Henry’s basement studio in Pasadena in early 2012. It features Bragg on vocals and acoustic guitar along with a band of crack musicians assembled by Henry for the recording: Greg Leisz (Bon Iver) on pedal steel guitar, Patrick Warren (Lana del Rey) on keyboards, Jay Bellerose (Regina Spektor) on drums and David Piltch (Ramblin’ Jack Elliot) on upright bass.
Bragg's seven-week North American tour kicks off at SXSW in March and will take him throughout the U.S. and Canada with stops at the El Rey in Los Angeles and at Town Hall in New York, along with a two night stand at Chicago's City Winery and more.
Kim’s style is explosive, with intricate fingerpicking, percussive beats on the body of the guitar, and two-handed tapping intertwined with an earthy stomp box, powerful harmonica melodies and soulful voice. His songwriting reflects his coastal lifestyle – growing up on the East Coast of Australia, with the surf at his front door - and his new nomadic life on the road.