Mr. Chisel & Ms. Harris (photo: St. Vincent Skeltis)
The songs on [Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons's] Death Won't Send A Letter were recorded [with producer Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, The White Stripes)] primarily at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN with Chisel's backing vocalist/keyboard player Adriel Harris and "Little Jack" Lawrence (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather) on initial tracking. Cory, Adriel and Little Jack were then joined by Jack's longtime collaborator Patrick Keeler (The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes) on drums. With Patrick and Jack's driving rhythm section the albums' sound took on a grittier hue. And in Brendan Benson Cory found a writing and arranging partner that birthed the lead album track "Born Again." Carl Broemel from My Morning Jacket also contributes on guitar.Death Won't Send a Letter came out in September 2009 on Black Seal Records. Its lead song, the Benson/Chisel co-written "Born Again," is posted above, and the video for it, featuring both of them, is below. Chisel and Brendan Benson toured together in late 2009.
For Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons' next tour, they'll be co-headlining with California band Dawes this February and March. They play a Friday, February 19th show at NYC's Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on sale.
Jason Boesel will be opening at Bowery and all other dates on te tour. His debut solo album Hustler's Son just came out on January 12th on Conor Oberst's Team Love. A song from that album is above. Boesel's fairly storied history as a drummer and sideman is documented in his Wiki page...
Jason Boesel is the drummer for Rilo Kiley and has also played with The Elected. He also drummed in the Bright Eyes touring band during their 2005 tour, and went on to write the liner notes for the consequent Bright Eyes live album, Motion Sickness and contributing to Bright Eyes' latest record, Cassadaga. From December 2007, he has played with Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst in his latest project, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. The band played this year's Reading and Leeds festivals in England and released the album Conor Oberst in August on Merge Records. On May 5 Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band released their second album Outer South - in which Boesel wrote and sings lead for two tracks. He is also said to have worked on at least one track, on the Young Veins (featuring former member of Panic! at the Disco, Ryan Ross and Jon Walker) debut record.Dawes will play as his backing band on the tour.
Dawes (Photo: Matt Fruen)
Dawes' debut record, North Hills, produced by Jonathan Wilson (Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis), came out in September on ATO Records. Their single for "When My Time Comes" is available for free if you sign up for their e-mail list. Their song "When You Call My Name" was recent featurd on NPR. Dawes' humid, summery video for their plainspoken song "Love Is All I Am," is worth watching and posted below.
All tour dates and videos are below...
Dawes "Love Is All I Am" Official Video
Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons - Born Again
Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons & Dawes - 2010 Tour Dates
02.05.10 Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
02.06.10 San Francisco, CA - The Rickshaw Stop
02.08.10 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
02.09.10 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
02.12.10 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
02.13.10 Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin
02.14.10 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
02.15.10 Rock Island, IL - Daytrotter Presents @ Rock Island Brewing Co.
02.16.10 Chicago, IL - Double Door
02.17.10 Columbus, OH - The Rumba Café
02.18.10 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
02.19.10 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
02.20.10 Allston, MA - Great Scott
02.21.10 Freehold, NJ - Concerts in the Studio $
02.22.10 Easton, MD - The NightCat $
02.23.10 Arlington, VA - IOTA Club and Café
02.24.10 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
02.25.10 Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
02.26.10 Louisville, KY - Zanzibar
02.27.10 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
02.28.10 Atlanta, GA - Eddies Attic
03.02.10 Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingers
03.03.10 Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
03.04.10 Dallas, TX - The Cavern
03.05.10 Houston, TX - Rudyards
03.06.10 Austin, TX - Emos
03.09.10 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
03.10.10 San Diego, CA - The Loft at UCSD
03.11.10 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
* All dates with Jason Boesel
$ Cory Chisel only