Happy New Year, beautiful Poets.
It is so wonderful to see you in the light of this brand new day. A lot is happening. A LOT IS HAPPENING.
You can read about most of it by checking out my newsletter, which is located here (and you can sign up for it here). But the short answer is this:
After a year in the swamp, my new EP “Desire Lines” is finally done. We “officially” released it in Toronto on February 1st, and will be having celebration shows throughout Ontario and Quebec in winter, and Western Canada in spring. You can download the album by visiting my bandcamp page. Find out about shows by visiting the shows section.
I will write more soon, my dear Poets, but for now, I’ve got to go hustle up a future.
I fall deeper for you daily.
Greetings, poets. It’s frozen! There is ice on the ponds. People are skating. Outside. In Vancouver. Skating!
I’m just off to the mailbox to drop the masters for ‘Desire Lines’ into the mail for the printers. In the mean time, here’s another sneak preview in the form of a video of one of the songs from that EP called Shiny Pretty, which was filmed in my livingroom by my pal Rod at EveryDayMusic.
Soon enough I will be off to Ontario to spend some time in the woodshed, and play a few shows in the Centre of The World. There’s really a lot coming up. Check out the Shows section.
I miss you terribly, poets, and I promise to try and call more often.
Here’s some exciting news for you. Keep your eyes here for updates.
It has been a remarkable summer. I’ve been all over BC playing with some of the finest musicians I know, sharing stages with many of my favourite bands, at some of the greatest little festivals in The West. From the charming Tiny Lights in tiny Ymir, to the back-alley Elevate The Arts on Vancouver Island, to my ninth annual ArtsWells festival, it has been a summer to remember.
Just one more to go until I hibernate for a while, and that is Victoria BC’s epic Rifflandia Festival. It takes place September 12th to 15th, and puts me on a poster beside folks like Courtney Love, Death From Above 1979, Stars, Cold Specks, along with a batch of dear friends like Willhorse, Reid Jameison, Dave Lang, and literally hundreds more. We’re playing Friday at 8:30 at The Wood Hall. See you there!
Other than that, I’ve just put finishing touches on a EP that will be called Desire Lines, and hope to have it to you soon. The invisible magic on projects like this always takes a bit longer than you might think, but you’ll be the first to know when it’s ready to see the light. You can hear me play the title track in a Vancouver park here.
And while we’re talking about Vancouver parks, me and some friends played a roosty new version of a song from my previous record No One Will Remember You in Stanley Park not too long ago, and here’s the video. The song is English Bay, and we played it, well, in English Bay (see what I did there?). Thanks to Daniel at DR Media for enabling this, and to my long-time (and hopefully life-long) collaborators Jenny and Elise for helping me out with this.
Until next time, poets. Stay dry. I’ll miss you.
You can stream and purchase my records on Bandcamp or on iTunes. The uptight critics who really run the show are digging it, and so should you.
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?