August 17th – Dear Poets
It’s a Vancouver heatwave! It’s glorious. Not like those dirty Toronto heatwaves. Bring it! Bring more!
Nothing on the band horizon, but I’ve got new songs and I’ll be playing them solo at a few spots in Vancouver and Penticton. Check the shows section and sign up to the newsletter (below) to stay up to date.
July 15th – Dear Poets,
The magical ArtsWells festival is so very soon. I’m heading up a week early to take a songwriting and performance class with the remarkable BidiniBand, led by fearless former Rheostatic Dave Bidini. What luck. Some of my closest friends, label-mates, and co-conspirators will be with me there, and I’m grateful for that.
You should come to the ArtsWells festival (www.artswells.com). No words can describe it and I won’t dream of trying. Here is where I will be performing:
Saturday – 2pm – Dave’s in the Round
Saturday – 8pm – Tempest Stage
Saturday – 9pm – Bears Paw Stage w/ the Iredale Family
Sunday – Noon – Casino – Hockey Songs in the round
Sunday – 4pm – St. George
Monday – Noon – Barkerville
Dear Poets – July 10th
We’ve been woodshedding up a storm since May, incorporating new band members, rearranging everything from scratch. Arguing about it until its just right. We have a few Vancouver shows and a few out of town festivals coming up to show you what we’ve been up to. Find out all about it in the shows section.
Here’s one thing we have coming up with Caleb Stull (formerly Parlour Steps) and current Peak Performance Project participants The River and The Road. Great. Young. Band.
If you’re stopping by for the first time, you should know we (David Newberry & Friends) have just released a record. It’s called No One Will Remember You. The reviews are beginning to wander indoors from the cold for this record. There is more on the way, but I wanted to slip into the third person narrative long enough toshare what people have started to say:
CBC Music says that “Newberry doesn’t sacrifice lyrical creativity even when he’s making noisy, guitar-driven tunes…” and jokes that “rumour has it that if you hold an English Bay seashell to your ear, you can faintly make out the sounds of his roving music.”
Exclaim! Magazine thinks that: “Newberry can be filed alongside the likes of young troubadours like Jerry Leger and Corin Raymond as evidence that Canadian roots music is in good hands.”
No Depression kindly set aside their only-banjos approach to roots music and suggested that: “While other singer-songwriters talk about their storytelling skills and their ability to draw you into a song, Canadian singer David Newberry delivers. His new album “No One Will Remember You” is packed with beautifully crafted songs, the kind of music that has to be made by hand with great care. Coupled with his beautiful voice, you have quite the package… His songs are gently sad, almost wistful, possibly exhausted: really the only emotions we have anymore in a world on the brink…. a refreshingly ego-less perspective that’s unfortunately very rare.”
Alan Cross (yeah) says that Newberry has “equal parts ‘The River’ era Springsteen and Neil Young folk rock elements in his music,” and say’s we’ve made a “Soulful, really impressive sophomore album.” That’s pretty cool, right?
Megaphone Magazine observes that “Newberry’s style and sound straddle both folk and rock, and the album can feel both light and dark, somber and uplifting at the same time.”
Roots Music Canada says the record is full of “Songs. Real songs, together with a sound that’s strong enough to set him apart from more everyday singer-songwriters.”
ThoseWhoDig say: “Ripe with nostalgia, infectious melodies, and a comfortable feeling of song familiarity Dave Newberry’s new release is a must have.”
Victoria’s Martlet says: “Alive with bright pedal steel and a sort of critical Canadiana, the album is flushed with sentimentality for Newberry’s home country as well as a frustration with its many ailments… Lyrical craftsmanship of a consistent calibre is the heart of this album.”
Vancouver Weekly graciously states that: “Newberry’s cheekily-titled sophomore effort, released through Vancouver’s Northern Electric label and produced by Adam Iredale (of Fish and Bird), amplifies the momentum created by his 2010 solo debut, When We Learn The Things We Need To Learn.”
I am out on the road as often as I can be right now promoting this album. Find all the info in the shows section.
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