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Sondre Lerche – new MP3 (premiere) ++ updated tour dates

DOWNLOAD: Sondre Lerche – Good Luck (MP3)

Sondre Lerche

Check out “Good Luck,” above, a new track off Sondre Lerche‘s upcoming album Heartbeat Radio, due September 8th on Rouder Records.

“I wrote this song on the last day of 2007 after a complicated year that was to be followed by a slightly more complicated year. (Luckily most of the complications were of a practical nature).” –Sondre

Sondre is bringing his North American tour (updated dates, below) to New York (where he now lives) on September 8th and 9th for shows at the Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg, respectively. Tickets are still on sale.

Both those shows will be with his tourmate JBM, a songwriter originally from Montreal who’s spent time in LA and now resides in NYC, and has been compared on this blog to “Jim James, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens and especially Jose Gonzalez.”

Sondre’s entire story behind “Good Luck”, and all tour dates are below…

Sondre Lerche on “Good Luck”

I wrote this song on the last day of 2007 after a complicated year that was to be followed by a slightly more complicated year. (Luckily most of the complications were of a practical nature). I’ve never felt in a position to complain but I did want to try and write a song of consolation for those who found themselves more seriously out of luck, and at the same time curse the idea that luck is related to some universal justice. Embarking on 2008 I drove my wife crazy recording the demo for this song in our old box-sized Manhattan studio apartment, repeating the same little guitar-solo part over and over for what must’ve felt like eternity. In order to get some feisty, unusual movements in the string arrangement we had jazz maestro Erik Halvorsen do all sorts of [piano] improvisations over the chorus chords, for us to cherry-pick the highlights and transcribe them to an arrangement for violin and cello that my co-producer Kato Ådland completed.

Sondre Lerche – 2009 Tour Dates
Jul 25 @ Tjome, Norway – Gamle Ormelet
Jul 27 @ Lillesan, Vest-Agder, Norway – Arken Kulturhus
Jul 28 @ Lillesan, Vest-Agder, Norway – Arken Kulturhus
Jul 28 @ Lillesan, Vest-Agder, Norway – Arken Kulturhus (late show)
Jul 29 @ Arendal, Norway – Bakgarden
Sept 5 @ Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live #
Sept 8 @ New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
Sept 9 @ Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Sept 11 @ Washington, DC – 9:30 Club #
Sept 12 @ Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall #
Sept 13 @ Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club #
Sept 14 @ South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground #
Sept 15 @ Montreal, QC – Petit Campus #
Sept 16 @ Toronto, ON – The Mod Club Theatre #
Sept 18 @ Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom #
Sept 19 @ Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern #
Sept 19 @ Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern (late show) #
Sept 20 @ Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe #
Sept 23 @ San Diego, CA – The Casbah #
Sept 24 @ West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour #
Sept 26 @ Santa Barbara, CA – Soho Restaurant & Music Club #
Sept 27 @ San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall #
Sept 28 @ Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge #
Sept 29 @ Seattle, WA – Triple Door #
Sept 30 @ Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret #
# w/ JBM

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