She continues and refines this approach on U Kin B the Sun. The horn arrangements and the Hi Rhythm Section are gone – guitarist Teenie Hodges died before Indian Ocean was released. Its sound is barer: bass pushed to the front, gentle shadings of guitar and keyboards, lots of empty space. And the mood is darker. The lyrics touch on relationship strife in no-punches-pulled style on the bluntly titled Motherfucker; on the survivors of the 2018 Parkland school shooting in The Kids Are Having None of It (“They can’t be bought, they can’t be taught your hate”); and on Ford’s complicated relationship with her parents, whom she has bluntly described as “a complete disaster”. The opening track, Azad, doesn’t make life as the daughter of young hippies constantly on the run from the draft sound like much fun: it takes the sight of a dragonfly to make her realise “there is beauty in this world, so hold it any way you know how”. [the Guardian]

Canadian soul/Americana artist and former Be Good Tanyas member Frazey Ford recently returned with her first solo album in six years (the followup to 2014's Indian Ocean), U Kin B the Sun, which is out now on Arts & Crafts. That's an excerpt of The Guardian's 4/5 star review above, and if you haven't heard the album yet, you can stream it and watch the video for standout single "The Kids Are Having None Of It" below.

Frazey is also about to begin a tour supporting the album, which hits Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on March 25 with local support from J.R. Bohannon (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Frazey Ford -- 2020 Tour Dates
March 18th, 2020 Seattle, WACrocodile Cafe (with special guest Alec Shaw)
March 19th, 2020 Portland, ORMississippi Studios (with special guest Alec Shaw)
March 21st, 2020 San Francisco, CAThe Independent
March 22nd, 2020 Santa Cruz, CAFelton Music Hall
March 24th, 2020 Los Angeles, CAThe Satellite
March 25th, 2020 Brooklyn, NYBaby's All Right (with special guest J.R. Bohannon)
March 26th, 2020 Washington, DCPearl Street Warehouse
March 27th, 2020 Philadelphia, PAThe World Cafe
May 14th, 2020 Tranas, SwedenPlan B (with Leeroy Stagger)
May 15th, 2020 Hyltebruk, SwedenHyltebruk (with Leeroy Stagger)
May 16th, 2020 Boras, SwedenKlubb Underground (with Leeroy Stagger)
May 17th, 2020 Halmstad, SwedenCafe Strandgatan (with Leeroy Stagger)
May 19th, 2020 Uppsala, SwedenKatalin (with Leeroy Stagger)
May 20th, 2020 Oslo, NorwayJohn Dee (with Leeroy Stagger)
May 21st, 2020 Malmo, SwedenFolk & Rock (with Leeroy Stagger)
May 22nd, 2020 Stockholm, SwedenNalen Klubb (with Leeroy Stagger)
May 24th, 2020 Haarlem, NetherlandsPatronaat
May 26th, 2020 Den Bosch, NetherlandsVerkadefabriek (with special guest Thin Lear)
May 27th, 2020 Arnhem, NetherlandsLuxor Live
May 28th, 2020 Groningen, NetherlandsDe Oosterpoort
May 29th, 2020 Heerlen, NetherlandsParkstad Theatre
May 30th, 2020 Leuven, BelgiumHet Depot
June 1st, 2020 London , UKUnion Chapel
June 2nd, 2020 Coventry, UKWarwick Arts Centre at Warwick University
June 4th, 2020 Castle Wharf, UKGlee Club Nottingham
June 5th, 2020 Newcastle Upon Tyne, UKGosforth Civic Hall
June 6th, 2020 Edinburgh, ScotlandLa Belle Angela
June 7th, 2020 Leeds, UKThe Brudenell Social Club
June 9th, 2020 Milton Keynes, UKThe Stables
June 10th, 2020 Bristol, UKFIddlers
August 22nd, 2020 London, UKHackney Earth

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