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Grant-Lee Phillips to release new album ‘Widdershins’ on 23 February and announces UK tour

November 8, 2017

Grant-Lee Phillips
to release new album Widdershins
23rd February on Yep Roc
UK tour dates announced

 

“Widdershins…it’s an old word. Moving counterclockwise, spiraling backwards. This album begs the question, “In what direction are we moving?” – Grant-Lee Phillips

“I’m drawing from the urgency of the moment,” says acclaimed Nashville-based singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips of Widdershinshis ninth solo album set for February 23, 2018 release on Yep Roc Records.  Inspired by “the things that eat away in the late hours,” Phillips invests the insight, nuance and wit in a riveting dissection of today’s fraught social landscape.

Phillips unveils the first single, “Totally You Gunslinger,” from the much-anticipated album now available for pre-order. A backhanded salute with a mix that combines Roy Orbison with The Smiths. He explains, “The song is a deconstruction of our violent culture – the sad reality that somehow passes for normal.”

Recorded over four days at Sound Emporium in Nashville, the 12-track set was produced by Phillips (guitar/vocals/keyboards) and cut largely live in the studio as a trio with Jerry Roe (drums) and Lex Price (bass). Mixed by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket) and engineered by Mike Stankiewicz, the album delivers its poetic truths in Phillips’ peerless melodic sensibilities, relayed via vocal performances that balance intensity and vulnerability.

“I made a commitment to myself not to sink into despair,” explains Phillips, “I’m tracing a longer narrative here. We’ve been through some of this before – not just our country, but the civilization as a whole.” Phillips sees in Widdershins a connection to his earliest work with Grant Lee Buffalo. “That was also a time of intense social anxiety. The Gulf War, the LA riots – everything became cranked up. Then a few years later there was the earthquake we lived through, which also made for a time of uneasiness. I was in a heightened state when I wrote that stuff – as I am now.”

Hailed by Mother Jones as “criminally underappreciated,” the California-born singer, songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, actor, film composer and visual artist began his career in the early ‘90s as the frontman of the acclaimed trio Grant-Lee Buffalo. Once named “male vocalist of the year” by Rolling StoneUSA Today called him a “soulful balladeer” while Uncut hailed him as a “distinguished U.S. songwriter.”

 

GRANT-LEE PHILLIPS 2018 UK TOUR DATES:
April 17 — Bush Hall — London
April 18 — Hare & Hounds — Birmingham
April 19 — Philharmonic Music Room — Liverpool
April 20 — Deaf Institute — Manchester
April 21 — King Tuts — Glasgow
April 22 — Brudenell Social Club — Leeds
April 24 — Portland Arms — Cambridge
April 25 — The Lantern — Bristol

 

Widdershins Tracklisting:
  1. Walk In Circles
  2. Unruly Mobs
  3. King of Catastrophes
  4. Something’s Gotta Give
  5. Scared Stiff
  6. Miss Betsy
  7. The Wilderness
  8. Another, Another, Then Boom
  9. Totally You Gunslinger
  10. History Has Their Number
  11. Great Acceleration
  12. Liberation

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