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freakwater - scheherazade

Outsider country collective Freakwater, fronted by Catherine Irwin and Janet Beveridge Bean, have announced a new album Scheherazade which will be their first in over a decade. It'll be out February 5, 2016 on Bloodshot. The first single is "The Asp and the Albatross" which is out now on 7" and you can stream it, and check out the album's tracklist, below.

Freakwater will also be on tour shortly after the album's release, and they'll play Brooklyn's The Bell House on February 16 with Jaye Jayle (aka Young Widows singer Evan Patterson), and Morgan Geer's Drunken Prayer. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/6) at noon.

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photos by Alyssa Tanchajja

Freakwater @ The Bell House, 1/15/2012

Long-running alt-country duo Freakwater are currently on tour and made a stop in Brooklyn earlier this week (1/15) at The Bell House and pictures from that show are in this post. Opening were fellow Thrill Jockey band Abouretum whose new album, Coming Out of the Fog, is out next week.

More pics from the Bell House, plus video from Freakwater's set, below...

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This Carter Family-inspired duo began as a side project for Eleventh Dream Day drummer/vocalist Janet Beveridge Bean and childhood friend (and fellow Kentucky native) Catherine Irwin, a songwriter who'd done cover art for Dream Day albums. By the early '90s, Freakwater had helped spark a revived interest among some of the pair's indie-rock contemporaries in early county, folk and bluegrass music. Bean and Irwin's tasteful devotion to rural music on Freakwater's first two albums encouraged post-punk artists from Bad Livers to Uncle Tupelo to experiment, tongues not in cheeks, with mixing contemporary concerns and traditional country styles. - [Trouser Press]
It's been eight years since Freakwater's last album, Thinking of You, and if you've been thinking of them, you're in luck. The duo are currently on tour, which rolls into NYC on Tuesday (1/15) at The Bell House. Tickets are still available. All tour dates are listed below.

Bean and Irwin still make music, and the latter released her second solo album, Little Heater last year on Thrill Jockey.

Openers at The Bell House are fellow Thrill Jockey artists Arboureatum whose new album, Coming Out of the Fog, will be out on the label next week. Literate and rocking, check out "The Promise" below. After their show with Freakwater, Arbouretum will tour Europe. All dates for both bands are listed below.

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