JOHN PAUL WHITE CONFIRMS WEST COAST TOUR DATES
PERFORMS FOR NPR’S TINY DESK CONCERT
BEULAH, WHITE’S FIRST SOLO RECORD IN ALMOST A DECADE, OUT NOW ON SINGLE LOCK RECORDS
In support of Beulah, his first solo effort in nearly a decade, John Paul White is set to tour the West Coast in January. White is currently on tour throughout the Midwestern U.S.; see below for a complete list of dates.
White recently celebrated the release of his new record with a performance for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert. NPR’s Bob Boilen writes that Beulah is “a quietly understated gem. This is tender Southern music without drawl or pretense, and I love it…Here at the Tiny Desk, [Beulah’s songs] take on a new life of their own with new arrangements.” Watch/share the performance HERE.
Beulah (out now on White’s own Single Lock Records) continues to garner extensive critical acclaim:
“A wise, entrancing and meticulous bit of Southern folk…for White, this is a return to self. If The Civil Wars invited listeners to confuse their characters with the singers, he is now making clear where his songs come from. It’s bracing to hear the return of a voice many have missed in a form few have heard.”–NPR First Listen
“[Beulah contains] songs that are daringly intimate, artfully modulated, hook-blessed and habit-forming.” —NPR Music
“Mr. White’s nuanced, insinuating, breathy vocals are frequently likened to those of such emotional, even fragile troubadours as Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith, and there’s sense in those comparisons, with an important distinction: In accent, musical choices and references, John Paul White is decidedly a product of the American South.” –The Wall Street Journal
“a solo album that recasts the Muscle Shoals resident as a fiery, folky frontman”–Rolling Stone Country
“For Civil Wars fans, there’s plenty to like. White’s breathy vocals, his literary lyrics and his acoustic pop melodies are the bones of the album. But he also draws on his rock influences on songs like ‘The Martyr,’ or his love for classic country music on ‘I’ve Been Over This Before,’ with its shimmery vibraphone and backup vocals from The Secret Sisters.” –Associated Press
“If Beulah is any indication, John Paul White sounds best when he’s making music on precisely his own terms.” –American Songwriter
Beulah is a diverse collection of swampy southern rock, folk balladry and dark acoustic pop, songs that came unbidden to White, who wasn’t entirely welcoming of them at the time. “Honestly, I tried to avoid them, but then I realized the only way I was going to get rid of them was if I wrote them down. I got my phone out, and I’d sing these little bits of melody, then put it away and move on. Eventually I got to a place where it was a roar in my head, and that pissed me off. Then one day I told my wife, ‘I think I’m going to go write a song.’ She was as surprised as I was. I went and wrote probably eight songs in three days. It was like turning on a faucet.” The title refers to a longtime family nickname and a reference to William Blake’s “place deep in the collective spiritual unconscious.”
The album was produced by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and White, and recorded in Muscle Shoals at the renowned FAME Studios and at White’s own Single Lock Studios, which he founded and runs with Ben Tanner and Will Trapp. Single Lock has released a number of notable artists including St. Paul And The Broken Bones, Penny & Sparrow’s Let A Lover Drown You—which White produced, Belle Adair, The Bear, Dylan LeBlanc and Donnie Fritts’ Oh My Goodness, which also marked White’s debut as a producer.
One half of the four time Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars, White’s recent recording collaborations include work with Jason Isbell, Candi Staton, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, among others.
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JOHN PAUL WHITE LIVE
November 14 /// St. Louis, MO /// Off Broadway
November 15 /// Chicago, IL /// Lincoln Hall
November 16 /// Iowa City, IA /// The Mill
November 17 /// St. Paul, MN /// Turf Club
November 18 /// Madison, WI /// The Sett (Univ. of Wisconsin)
November 19 /// Indianapolis, IN /// The Hi-Fi
November 20 /// Charleston, WV /// Mountain Stage
November 21 /// Ann Arbor, MI /// The Ark
November 22 /// Louisville, KY /// Headliners
January 6 /// New Orleans, LA /// Gasa Gasa
January 7 /// Austin, TX /// Antone’s
January 8 /// Dallas, TX /// Club Dada
January 10 /// Phoenix, AZ /// Musical Instrument Museum
January 11 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Troubadour
January 12 /// San Francisco, CA /// Swedish American Hall
January 15 /// Seattle, WA /// The Crocodile
January 16 /// Vancouver, BC /// The Biltmore Cabaret
January 19 /// Denver, CO /// The Bluebird Theater
January 21 /// Kansas City, MO /// Knuckleheads