While this album marks Karen's solo debut, she has spent 6 years as a founding member of New York City-based political cabaret The Citizens Band and has been involved in several musical projects over the past few years, including adding her vocals to tracks for Robert Plant and recording a duet with Cat Power for a Serge Gainsbourg tribute album ("Je Taime Moi Non Plus"). The Ghost Who Walks was recorded at Third Man Studios in Tennessee with [Elson's husband & record label head] Jack White as producer and features 12 songs - 11 original compositions by Karen and 1 cover of a song by her Citizens Band cohort Rachelle Garniez.An acoustic live version of the record's first single, "The Ghost Who Walks," is posted below.
A full version of the song will be released on 7" on March 17th. One of the places you can get it is the Third Man Records pop-up store coming to SXSW/Austin, where she'll be playing. Third Man ran a pop-up store in New York City last July, where the Dead Weather played. Her schedule for the fest is below.
She'll also be at NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge on Monday, March 22nd. Tickets are on sale.
Third Man SXSW flyer, and Karen Elson cover art, live video and tour dates are below...
Karen Elson - "The Ghost Who Walks" (Live Acoustic)
Karen Elson - 2010 Tour Dates
MAR 20 4:30P AUSTIN, TEXAS $
MAR 20 7:30P AUSTIN, TEXAS *
MAR 22 7:30P (LE) POISSON ROUGE NEW YORK
$ PRESS HERE PRESENTS' THE GARDEN PARTY AT THE FRENCH LEGATION MUSEUM (see below)
* THIRD MAN RECORDS AT SXSW - FRANK RESTAURANT & GROCERY
Starting at noon and ending at 8 pm, The Garden Party proudly presents:
Laurel Collective (London, UK)
Malachai (Bristol, UK)
Villagers (Dublin, IE)
Admiral Radley (Sherman Oaks, CA) - feat Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) & Aaron Espinoza (Earlimart)
The Kissaway Trail (Odense, Denmark)
Gruff Rhys (Cardiff, Wales) - of Super Furry Animals
Karen Elson (Nashville, TN)
Sweet Apple (Cleveland, OH) - feat. J Mascis and Tim Parnin
YACHT (Portland, OR)
Frightened Rabbit (Selkirk, Scotland)