Billy Bragg returns to Boston (full band) new music
After his sold-out solo tour in 2012 Billy Bragg returns to Boston his time with his full band. The English musician, known for his blend of folk, punk-rock, and protest music. He was recently described by The Times newspaper as a “national treasure.” In the two decades of his career Bragg has certainly made an indelible mark on the conscience of British music, becoming perhaps the most stalwart guardian of the radical dissenting tradition that stretches back over centuries of the country’s political, cultural and social history. It’s a legacy that’s brought Bragg fans the world over as an artist with a keen sense of political activism as well as a way with a pop hook, all informed with a sense of humanity and humour.
On March 19th, Bragg will release his tenth album, Tooth & Nail, his first since 2008′s acclaimed Mr. Love and Justice. The album was produced by songwriter/producer Joe Henry and will be released via Cooking Vinyl.
Inspired by a fan’s tweet referring to Bragg as “The Sherpa of Heartbreak,” the album’s twelve original tracks were written with an eye towards the personal rather than the political.
The album was recorded live, with no overdubs, in five days—an approach not used by Bragg since his 1983 debut Life’s a Riot With Spy Vs. Spy—at Joe Henry’s basement studio in Pasadena in early 2012. It features Bragg on vocals and acoustic guitar along with a band of crack musicians assembled by Henry for the recording: Greg Leisz (Bon Iver) on pedal steel guitar, Patrick Warren (Lana del Rey) on keyboards, Jay Bellerose (Regina Spektor) on drums and David Piltch (Ramblin’ Jack Elliot) on upright bass. Bragg’s 1998 released Mermaid Avenue, a ‘reinventing’ of previously undiscovered original Woody Guthrie songs. Bragg’s collaborators on the project were American alt-country rockers, Wilco. Recordings began in Wilco’s hometown of Chicago and then in Dublin, where English fiddler Eliza Carthy and bluesman Corey Harris made their contributions. Natalie Merchant also added her talents when Bragg was finishing the recordings in Boston. Billy Bragg’s
The Tooth & Nail Tour with special guest Kim Churchill comes to the Berklee Performance Center for one show only April 28 at 7PM. Reserved seat tickets are $36.50 & $31.50 (plus $1 facility fee) and go on sale at 10am on Fri., Jan. 18 at the Berklee box office (located at 136 Massachusetts Avenue), or online here. Tickets may also be ordered by telephone by calling 617-747-2261. Regular box office hours are 10a – 6p Mon-Sat. Berklee box office accepts Visa, MC and Discover. Please note that AMEX is not accepted.