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Reed Foehl To Release 5th Studio Album, Lucky Enough, Feb 1, 2019

Recorded in Austin, TX with The Band of Heathens
Co-Produced by Reed Foehl with Gordy Quist and Ed Jurdi

On Tour with Todd Snider in March!


POWNAL, VT —
With the Feb. 1, 2019, release of Reed Foehl’s fifth solo album, Lucky Enough, fans will get a dose of powerful medicine, a cathartic collection of 10 songs that Foehl recorded with help from a mighty musical force, The Band of Heathens, at their Finishing School studio in Austin, Texas. It’s an album that will undoubtedly solidify his standing as one of the most compelling and vital Americana artists around.

Other artists have long sung the praises of Foehl. As fellow songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov notes, “Reed has the ability to transport the soul, a true master. One of the great songwriters of our time.”

Isakov co-wrote the debut track, “American Miles,” a road song that was inspired by traveling and the great american landscape. Glide Magazine premiered the song and writes, “…the vocals in the beginning immediately conjure images of staring out the window of a car as it cruises along a lonesome highway at sunrise. Foehl keeps the instrumentation sparse, letting a lightly picked acoustic and the quiet thumb of a drum create the groove while the occasional flourish of a piano and a tambourine. His vocals have a dreamy folk quality that reflects the quietly reflective lyrics.”

Listen to “American Miles”→ http://bit.ly/AmericanMiles_GlidePremiere.

Todd Snider, whom Foehl will be touring with in March 2019, says, “Reed Foehl is like a brother to me. We’ve had a lot of miles on the road together, and I don’t think they make better singer-songwriters than him.”

Ed Jurdi of The Band of Heathens, a fellow native of Massachusetts, was downright poetic in his expression of admiration for Foehl, “Reed Foehl is a familiar voice in the wilderness calling you home. His songs are part New England folklore, told around an old wood stove in the midst of a winter’s blizzard and part Southern charm, warm and inviting, like the spring breeze that welcome the magnolia blossoms.”

On Lucky Enough, Foehl touches on a range of Americana styles, all with emotionally charged lyrics and can’t-get-out-of-your-head choruses, from somber folk elegies (“Stealing Starlight” and “American Miles”)  and gospel-tinged tunes (“Carousel Horses”) to barroom country singalongs (“Long Time to Make Old Friends”) and jaunty calypso-flavored, country-infused pop (“Wish I Knew”). These are deeply personal songs for Foehl, and while they were written during some dark days, there’s a sense of optimism and gratitude, an overriding feeling that the hope outshines the heartbreak.

The uncannily cinematic album takes its title from the chorus of “If It Rains,” on its surface a Dust Bowl ballad about persistence in the face of the vagaries of nature. “If it don’t shed a tear, we wait ’til next year, heartbroken but lucky enough,” Foehl sings in the unforgettably melodic chorus. With the final verse, it’s clear the song digs deeper than drought when he sings, in a voice worn and weary but warm:

With the cold came the snow

On our favorite place to go

I carved the slated path

Just thought you should know

And built a wooden bench

Then laid it in cement

Out of love and in memory of.”

Foehl certainly took an unexpected route in getting to Lucky Enough. Then again, he says, “I’ve always done things very unconventionally.”

A New England native who had long lived in Colorado, Foehl was making a big move, heading to Nashville to continue his craft as an artist and a songwriter. That made sense after co-writing the leadoff song (“Fly”) with up-and-coming country singer/songwriter Brent Cobb on Lee Ann Womack’s 2014 GRAMMY nominated album, The Way I’m Livin’.

On the way, he got a call from his mother, Linda. She had lymphoma, and she needed him. He didn’t hesitate, ditching his fully loaded car in Nashville and flying straight home to Massachusetts. “It put in perspective what life’s about,” he says. “This was important, definitely more than any of these records I’ve made.”

While he cared for his mother, Foehl kept at his songwriting, thanks to the sponsorship of a longtime friend and hockey teammate. Keeping the creative flames burning was vital. “It’s not just what I do, it’s who I am. I’m writing songs so people can hear them and so I can be OK. That’s really the gist of it,” he says.

After Foehl lost his mother in July 2017, he knew he had to keep moving forward and started thinking about recording an album. Although he launched his solo career with the release of Spark in 2001, he played in bands for years, notably fronting Acoustic Junction and then as a charter member of Great American Taxi. For his fifth solo album, he thought, why not go into the studio with a full-fledged band? “With all my records. I like to take leaps and chances and want to try different things,” he says. “I said, ‘What about doing it with The Band of Heathens?’”

Foehl had toured as an opener with The Band of Heathens, and he knew and loved their tones and sound and how they worked together. And The Heathens had just opened their own studio in Austin, christening it by recording an update of the entire landmark Ray Charles album, A Message from the People. “These guys are really good,” Foehl says. “If I hire them, it’s a built in sound. They’ve been playing together forever.”

The Heathens, for their part, had really hit it off with Foehl on tour and were primed to help him make an album. “We really dug his stuff and felt like it would be a good match,” said Ed Jurdi, who co-produced Lucky Enough with Foehl and fellow Heathen Gordy Quist, with both Jurdi and Quist adding guitars and vocals on the album. “What I felt our job was, was to put him in a position where he could do his thing, just really make him comfortable. The record is about Reed and his songs, so how do we elevate that by adding what we can do? The idea as a producer is to both create a record the artist likes and making an album that the artist didn’t know they could make.”

The great thing about the Heathens, Foehl says, is they always knew when to hold back and when to let it rip, deftly embellishing the 10 songs on Lucky Enough. “They are very much chameleon-like,” Foehl said of the Heathens, “capable and talented enough to adapt and play any style of music.”

Quist even pitched in on the writing of “Wish I Knew,” helping Foehl take the song in a direction he would never have thought to go. Musically, it playfully moves along at a frisky pace, while lyrically Foehl wrestles with some of the life’s big questions:

If the choices were just black and white

I’d a half a chance to get things right

How to make it through the dark of night

Only wish I wish I knew

In addition to Quist and Jurdi, the other Heathens playing on the album include Trevor Nealon (keyboards), Jesse Wilson (bass guitar), and Richard Millsap, (who played drums as well as electric guitar), along with Geoff Queen on pedal steel. Lucky Enough, which will be released on Green Mountain Records, was engineered and mixed by Steve Christensen and mastered by Fred Kevorkian.

Foehl’s solo career has been bookended by loss, losing his father, Billy, in 2001 around the time Spark came out and then his mother preceding Lucky Enough, with three albums in between — 2007’s Stoned Beautiful, 2009’s Once an Ocean and 2014’s Lost in the West. Growing up in Dover, Mass., his parents were a huge influence for Foehl, filling the house with John Prine music and playing for decades together in a bluegrass/country band called The Centre Streeters. His parents encouraged him in his musical passion, regularly taking him to Boston, where he cut his teeth as a performer, busking at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace at the tender age of 11.

Lucky Enough is dedicated to the memory of Foehl’s mother — “the Queen of Everything” — and a keen sense of loss flavors the album. But there’s also a sense of hope, of forward momentum, change and a celebration of love, including not just the romantic variety but the kind a guy has for the oldest of old friends. For Foehl, creating Lucky Enough with The Band of Heathens has been a cathartic process. “If I can help myself, maybe I can help others,” he says. “You’ve got to keep moving forward. I think that’s the important thing. Live to fight another day.”

Reed Foel Holiday Shows This December with Gregory Alan Isakov
12/22-22 Fri-Sat – Gold Hill Inn, Boulder, CO

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Reed Foehl
Photo by Kate Drew Miller

Reed Foehl On Tour Supporting Todd Snider March 2019!
3/13 Wed – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
3/14 Thu – Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA
3/15 Fri – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
3/17 Sun – Infinity Music Hall & Bistro – Hartford, CT
3/18 The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
3/20 Wed- The Beacon Theater – Hopewell, VA
3/22 Fri – Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
3/23 Sat – The Ramkat – Winston-Salem, NC
3/24 Sun – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

Lucky Enough Track Listing
1. Stealing Starlight (3:33)
2. American Miles (3:22)
3. If It Rains (4:48)
4. Takes a Long Time to Make Old Friends (3:18)
5. Carousel Horses (3:00)
6. He’s on an Island (3:26)
7. Running Out of You (3:46)
8. Wish I Knew (2:36)
9. Hello My Dear (4:12)
10. Color Me In (3:28)

Reed Foehl – lead vocals and acoustic guitar
Gordy Quist – guitars, background vocals
Ed Jurdi – guitars, background vocals
Trevor Nealon – keyboards, background vocals
Jesse Wilson – bass guitar, background vocals
Richard Millsap – drums, background vocals
Geoff Queen – pedal steel

For more information and updates, please visit www.reedfoehlmusic.com, www.facebook.com/ReedFoehl, www.twitter.com/reedfoehl, and www.instagram.com/reedfoehl.

 

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After 10 Years, The Band of Heathens Find Their Stride
New Music in 2016

Celebrating ten years together, The Band of Heathens is set to embark on a banner year with founding members Ed Jurdi (guitar, keys, vocals) and Gordy Quist (guitar, vocals) along with Trevor Nealon (keys, vocals), Richard Millsap (drums, vocals) and Scott Davis (bass, vocals). Fresh off the boat from the SiriusXM Outlaw Country Cruise, this Austin, TX based world class rock n roll outfit has two new releases slated for 2016. The Green Grass EP premieres four new BOH originals and a faithful cover of The Band’s “Bessie Smith, featuring Joe Fletcher, and will be followed by their 8th full length album tentatively slated for release in September.

In the coming months, they will be performing a number of showcases at SXSW, sailing the high seas aboard Kid Rock’s 7th Annual Chillin’ The Most Cruise, hitting select markets in the Rockies, Midwest and the Southeast and are set to return to The Ride Festival in Telluride, CO with Pearl Jam and many others later in the year. For their spring and summer 2016 tours, fans will receive a free digital download of the five-song limited edition EP, Green Grass, with all advance ticket purchases. The CD version will only be available at their shows and in the web store: www.bandofheathens.com/music.

For a limited time anyone can download the title track for free at http://bit.ly/BOH_GreenGrass_2016.

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The EP is a return to the kaleidoscopic rock n roll sound that the band has fearlessly forged over the course of their ten-year career. Seamlessly blending country, and R&B, on tracks like “DC9” or integrating lyrical prose with rock n roll and pop sensibilities on “Out On Each Other”, the music showcases the combustible creative chemistry of the band’s current lineup. “There’s a deeper sense of exploration on these tracks that feels really special,” remarks Gordy Quist.” I think it’s the best the band has ever sounded, and I think it’s a good reflection of where we are right now.”

Both new releases for 2016 feature the sonic shift in the band, straying further into their roots to harness the rollicking energy of their live shows, and away from the more folk/singer-songwriter direction which they took with their 2013 release Sunday Morning Record. The new album also shows some new geographic influences with some of the recordings being done in Asheville, Austin, and Nashville.

The Band of Heathens on Tour
Thursday-Monday, March 10-14th – Kid Rock’s Chillin’ The Most Cruise

The Band of Heathens at SXSW in Austin, TX 2016
Tuesday, March 15
9am Sun Radio – Hotel Sonesta

Wednesday, March 16
3:35-4:15pm – Dog Day Afternoon Showcase @ The Dogwood (715 West 6th St.)
7pm Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist duo set SxStilesSwitch (6610 N Lamar Blvd)
1am  (Wed night/ Thu morning) New Frontier Touring showcase @ Swan Dive (615 Red River St)

Thursday, March 17
1:30pm – WLVR’s 7th Annual Radio-thon at Opa! Coffee &  Wine Bar (2050 S. Lamar)
3:15-3:45pm – The New Americana Party @ Craftsman (2000 E. Cesar Chavez) >
5:30-6pm – Flatstock – SXSW Conference Center
8pm – Wreckroom Unsanctioned at Arlyn Studios (200 Academy Dr #140)

The Band of Heathens Tour 2016
3/25 Fri – Luckenbach Dancehall – Fredericksburg, TX
3/26 Sat – Legendary Firehouse Saloon – Houston, TX
3/31 Thu – Cervantes’ Other Side – Denver, CO *
4/1 Fri – Hodi’s Half Note – Fort Collins, CO *
4/2 Sat – Sheridan Opera House – Telluride, CO
4/15 Fri – MAIN St. Fort Worth Arts Festival – Fort Worth, TX
4/17 Sun – Old Settler’s Music Festival – Driftwood, TX
4/19 Tue – Knuckleheads – Kansas City, MO*
4/20 Wed – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO*
4/21 Thu – The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL*
4/22 Fri – Taft Ballroom – Cincinnati, OH
4/23 Sat – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
4/24 Sun – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH
4/26 Tue – Lafayette’s Music Room – Memphis, TN
4/29 Fri – Hal & Mal’s – Jackson, MS +
4/30 Sat – Rock ‘n’ Ribs Benefit – Selma, AL
5/26 Thu – Free Texas Music Series @ The County Line – San Antonio, TX
5/28 Sat – The LOT Downtown – Mansfield, TX
6/3 Fri – Montrose Music Summer Series – Montrose, CO
6/4 Sat – Music on the Mesa – El Prado, NM
6/23 Thu – Thursday Music On Main – Victor, ID
6/24 Fri – Hwy 30 Music Fest – Filer, ID
6/26 Sun – Blues, Brew and BBQ at Snowbasin – Huntsville, UT
8/19 Fri – Texan Theater – Greenville, TX
8/20 Sat – Cultural Activities Center – Temple, TX

* w/ Chicago Farmer supporting
+ supporting the Drive-By Truckers

For more tour dates tba and updates on the upcoming release, please visit www.bandofheathens.comwww.facebook.com/thebandofheathens, www.twitter.com/bandofheathens, and www.youtube.com/user/bandofheathens.

 

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The Band of Heathens. Photo by Greg Giannukos.

Celebrating 10 Years, The Band of Heathens Is Going Big in 2016

Austin, TX — Celebrating ten years together, The Band of Heathens is set to embark on a banner year with founding members Ed Jurdi (guitar, keys, vocals) and Gordy Quist (guitar, vocals) along with Trevor Nealon (keys, vocals), Richard Millsap (drums, vocals) and Scott Davis (bass, vocals). Fresh off the boat from the Sirius XM Outlaw Country Cruise, This Austin, TX based world class rock n roll outfit has two new releases slated for 2016, beginning with the Green Grass EP, which will premiere four new BOH originals and a faithful cover of The Band’s “Bessie Smith, featuring Joe Fletcher.

In the coming months, they will be sailing the high seas aboard Kid Rock’s 7th Annual Chillin’ The Most Cruise, hitting select markets in the Rockies, Midwest and the Southeast and are set to return to The Ride Festival in Telluride, CO with Pearl Jam and many others later in the year.

BoH EPcover2016bFans will receive a free digital download of the five-song limited edition EP, Green Grass, with all advance ticket purchases. The CD version will only be available at their shows and in the web store: www.bandofheathens.com/music.

For a limited time anyone can download the title track for free at http://bit.ly/BOH_GreenGrass_2016. The EP will be followed later in the year by a full album tentatively slated for release in September.

The Band of Heathens on Tour
2/24 – The Kenney Store – Kenney, TX
2/26 – Spirits Food & Friends – Alexandria, LA
3/09 – The Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL
3/10-14 – Kid Rock’s Chillin’ The Most Cruise
3/16 – SXSW – Swan Dive – Austin, TX ^
3/17 – SXSW – Craftsman – Austin, TX >
3/25 – Luckenbach Dancehall – Fredericksburg, TX
3/26 – Legendary Firehouse Saloon – Houston, TX
3/31 – Cervantes’ Other Side – Denver, CO *
4/01 – Hodi’s Half Note – Fort Collins, CO *
4/15 – MAIN St. Fort Worth Arts Festival – Fort Worth, TX
4/17 – Old Settler’s Music Festival – Driftwood, TX
4/19 – Knuckleheads – Kansas City, MO*
4/20 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO*
4/21 – The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL*
4/22 – Taft Ballroom – Cincinnati, OH
4/23 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
4/24 – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH
4/26 – Lafayette’s Music Room – Memphis, TN
4/29 – Hal & Mal’s – Jackson, MS +
4/30 – Rock ‘n’ Ribs Benefit – Selma, AL
5/26 – Free Texas Music Series @ The County Line – San Antonio, TX
5/28 – The LOT Downtown – Mansfield, TX
6/03 – Montrose Music Summer Series – Montrose, CO
6/04 – Music on the Mesa – El Prado, NM
6/23 – Thursday Music On Main – Victor, ID
6/24 – Hwy 30 Music Fest – Filer, ID
6/26 – Blues, Brew and BBQ at Snowbasin – Huntsville, UT
8/19 – Texan Theater – Greenville, TX
8/20 – Cultural Activities Center – Temple, TX

^ New Frontier Touring Presents
> The New Americana Party
* w/ Chicago Farmer supporting
+ supporting the Drive-By Truckers

For more information, please visit www.bandofheathens.com, www.facebook.com/thebandofheathens, www.twitter.com/bandofheathens, and www.youtube.com/user/bandofheathens.

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