Joseph Arthur and onetime R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck are old friends, and have now made a record together under the name Arthur Buck which will be out June 15 via New West. The record started with a meet-up in Baja, Mexico, where Buck has a home. Says Joseph:

My first thought was, ‘Hey, I’ll get Peter to play acoustic guitar on some of the stuff I’m working on!’ So I started showing him songs. But he was like, ‘That’s cool. Now check this out.’ And he started playing chords and whatnot. So I put my guitar down and began singing over his changes, and it was magical. It was easy. And these great songs just started popping out.

You can listen to two songs off the album -- "Forever Waiting" and "Are You Electrified?" -- below.

The pair will tour the Arthur Buck LP in September and their band includes Buck's frequent collaborator Scott McCaughey which will be his first tour since suffering a stroke last fall. (He's since recovered.) The band is rounded out by Linda Pitmon (Minus 5, Filthy Friends, The Baseball Project) on drums, and Gregg Foreman (Pharmacy, Delta 72, Cat Power) on keyboards. Dates include a NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 9/20. Tickets for that show go on on sale Friday, May 18 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/16) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with cover art and tracklist, below.

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Arthur Buck tracklist:
1. I Am The Moment
2. Are You Electrified?
3. The Wanderer
4. Forever Waiting
5. If You Wake Up In Time
6. Summertime
7. American Century
8. Forever Falling
9. Before Your Love Is Gone
10. Wide Awake In November
11. Can’t Make It Without You

Arthur Buck - 2018 Tour Dates
September 7 - Seattle, WA The Crocodile
September 8 - Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
September 10 - San Francisco, CA The Independent
September 11 - Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom
September 13 - Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
September 16 - Nashville, TN The Basement East
September 18 - Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live - Downstairs
September 19 - Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
September 20 - Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 21 - Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
September 23 - Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
September 24 - Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry