Thursday, April 28, 2011

Frank Fairfield Brings Us "Out On The Open West" On 5/31 & Tours With Cass McCombs


"A young Californian who sings and plays as someone who's crawled out of the Virginia mountains carrying familiar songs that in his hands sound forgotten: broken lines, a dissonant drone, the fiddle or the banjo all percussion, every rising moment louder than the one before it."

-Greil Marcus


The official Tompkins Square Records Press Release:

Out on the Open West is Frank Fairfield's new album. It was produced by Michael Kieffer (Origin Jazz Library) and features guest accompaniment by Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show), Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Tom Marion, Justin and Josh Petrojvic and Brandon Armstrong. The album is a departure for Frank, having written most of the tunes himself, and bringing in the other players to round out his songs.

Handpicked by Fleet Foxes to open their U.S. tour in 2009, Frank released a 7" and his acclaimed debut LP on Tompkins Square.  Since then, Frank has played many festivals in the U.S. and Europe, appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, released a compilation of 78 rpm recordings on Tompkins Square, was extensively interviewed by Pitchfork, and even had a film made about him (produced by KEXP's Greg Vandy).  His music has made fans of people like Ry Cooder, Grammy-winning producer Chris King (Charley Patton, People Take Warning box sets) and Greil Marcus, to name a few. Frank will tour with Cass McCombs before heading to Europe.

Tour Dates :

Frank Fairfield with Cass McCombs headlining:

Wed. May 4 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Thu. May 5 - San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Sat. May 7 - Vancouver, BC @ Waldorf Hotel
Sun. May 8 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Mon. May 9 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

Sun May 15. 11Am,Topanga Canyon Banjo and Fiddle Contest, Agoura Hills, CA
Thu 19 LUBLIN, CODES FESTIVAL
Tue 24 BERLIN, WHITE TRASH
Wed 25 STUTTGART, CLUB MANUFACTUR
Thu 26 BERLIN, MONARCH
Sat 28 COPENHAGEN, GLOBAL

JUNE
Thu 2 TILBURG, PARADOX
Fri 3 LONDON, UNION CHAPEL w/ CW Stoneking
Sat 4 BRISTOL, CUBE CINEMA
Sun 5 FALMOUTH, THE POLY
Tue 7 LONDON, CAFE OTO
Wed 8 MANCHESTER, CASTLE HOTEL
Thu 9 BRADFORD, THE NEW BEEHIVE
Fri 10 GLASGOW, WHITEHILL SECONDARY SCHOOL
Sat 11 DOUNE, DOUNE THE RABBIT HOLE
Sun 12 GATESHEAD, OLD TOWN HALL
Mon 13 SHEFFIELD, THE RUDE SHIPYARD
Wed 15 BRIGHTON, PRINCE ALBERT
Sat 18 EINDHOVEN, NAKED SONG
Sun 19 AALST, NETWERK

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