Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Jars of Clay return

Grammy Award winning act Jars of Clay's 11th studio album Inland, produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists), is due Aug. 27 via Gray Matters/Tone Tree.

It’s been nearly 20 years since Dan Haseltine, Steve Mason, Charlie Lowell and Matthew Odmark released their debut Frail.

“These are songs for the ordinary days- when life is weighty and uncertain,” reflects guitarist Matthew Odmark, on the new material. “It is this middle space that we have inhabited over the years.  It’s where you and I do the gritty work of actually living."

The album’s first single “After The Fight” featuring guitar by Adrian Belew.

“We asked if he’d come in and work his magic,” explains singer Dan Haseltine. “He produced two songs on our first record, but we were too intimidated to let him play guitar. This time he added his big, wild, twanging guitar sound, the reverse solos and all the other effects he’s famous for.” 

Following years on major labels, Inland marks Jars of Clay’s first independent release.

“We’ve had enough experience with record labels working a project because they have to,” says Haseltine. “Everyone we work with loves the record and wants to help us build something as a band with a big creative vision.” 

Part of that creative vision is to shatter some of the preconceived notions built over the years by label marketing strategies. "It took a long time to strip away every voice that wasn't ours to make Inland," explains Haseltine. "For me, it's always been about a great song. We want to connect with people who love music for music. That's why created our own label." 

Tour Dates

7/13 FRANKLIN, NC @ Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Ctr*
7/14 RALEIGH, NC @ Lincoln Theater*
7/15 OCEAN CITY, NJ @ Music Pier*
7/17  ALEXANDRIA, VA @ The Birchmere*
7/18 NEW YORK, NY @ BB King’s*
7/19 WILMINGTON, DE @ World Café Live*
7/20 EPHRATA, PA @ Ephrata Main Theater*
8/15 BIRMINGHAM, AL @ WorkPlay Theater^
8/16 CHARLOTTE, NC @Amos’ Southend^
8/17 KNOXVILLE, TN @ Bijou Theater^
8/18 CHARLESTON, SC @ The Music Farm^
8/21 GREENVILLE, SC @ The Handlebar^
8/23 JACKSONVILLE, FL @ Murray Hill Theater^
8/24 ORLANDO, FL @ The Social^
9/10 LITTLE ROCK, AR @ Revolution Music Room#
9/11 TULSA, OK @ The Vanguard#
9/12 HUTCHINSON, KS @ Kansas State Fair#
9/13 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO @ The Black Sheep#
9/14 SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ Urban Lounge#
9/15 BOISE, ID @ Knitting Factory#
9/17 SEATTLE, WA @ Puyallup County Fair#
9/18 PORTLAND, OR @ The Aladdin Theater#
9/21 PALMDALE, CA @ Palmdale County Fair#
9/24 MESA, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center#
9/25 ALBUQUERQUE, NM @ The Lobo Theater#
9/27 DALLAS, T @ House of Blues, Cambridge Room#
* Brooke Waggoner
^ The Last Bison
# Brooke Waggoner/Kye Kye

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