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The lineup for the 2019 installment of Sweetwater In The Sun features Jackie Greene, Blitzen Trapper, Willie Watson and more.
Watch Blitzen Trapper celebrate the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album ‘Furr’ during a live session for KCSN.
Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by Willie Nelson, Medeski Martin & Wood & Alarm Will Sound, Richard Thompson, Marc Ribot, Erik Deutsch, Asleep At The Wheel, Hawkwind, The Jauntee, Magic In The Other and Blitzen Trapper.
Portland, Oregon’s Blitzen Trapper will issue a deluxe 10th anniversary edition of their breakthrough album ‘Furr’ and will perform the album in its entirety during their fall tour.
Listen to the Portland rockers brand new holiday song.
Portland rockers Blitzen Trapper will release a live album featuring their cover of Neil Young’s Harvest LP and will perform the album at select shows.
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Latest Blitzen Trapper Setlist
Blitzen Trapper at Fox Theatre
- Sleepytime in the Western World
- Gold for Bread
- God & Suicide
- Fire & Fast Bullets
- Saturday Nite
- Black River Killer
- Not Your Lover
- Love U
- War on Machines
- Stolen Shoes & a Rifle
- Echo/Always On/EZ Con
- Lady on the Water
- Booksmart Baby
- Stranger in a Strange Land
- Love the Way You Walk Away
- Thirsty Man
- Country Caravan
- The Man Who Would Speak True
- All Across This Land
About Blitzen Trapper
VII is the seventh record from Blitzen Trapper and their first release for Vagrant Records. Its twelve tracks teem with vivid tales of longing, flight, desperation and redemption, all set in a sonic landscape at once familiar, but also strange and new, like a dream. Without a doubt the culmination of all the group’s best work, VII sounds a lot like America.
Blitzen Trapper was founded in Portland, Oregon in 2000 by a group of native Pacific Northwesterners, who played around town endlessly to skeleton crowds and gave away an impressive stream of garage recordings on CDR for years. Then came the Blitzen Trapper record in 2003, and Field Rexx in 2005. But it wasn’t until 2007’s self-released Wild Mountain Nation made a big splash that they finally hit the road, setting the stage for Furr’s release the following year. Powered by its title track and by the G-funk-inflected “Black River Killer” that record became an unlikely hit and the group suddenly found itself on network television and in glossy magazines and astride colossal festival stages. So they released more music, toured the Western world incessantly, got to work with the likes of Wilco, Stephen Malkmus, Guided By Voices and Belle & Sebastian, and slowly became the band they’d always dreamed they would be. Blitzen Trapper are frontman and songwriter Eric Earley, Marty Marquis, Brian Adrian Koch, Michael Van Pelt and Erik Menteer.
VII opens with “Feel The Chill,” a southern adventure complete with a woman in her underwear, deer hunting, and of course drowning at the local bar. Earley takes us down a crooked bend so dark and gloomy you can smell the heat and feel the humidity oppress you. “Each song starts from a small place, a headwater like remembrance and then widens into a song. For instance, that old wreck of a shack buried in evergreen and murky darkness at the bend in the road up on Jackson Hill where we used to drink, never failed to give me a chill driving by in the old Impala for it’s implacable mystery,” Earley notes.
Tracks like “Thirsty Man” speak of love in a Dylan-esque fashion where Earley reveals “love like rain falls in the wasteland and slips thru the fingers – for love is a thing that cannot be held, only felt and released.” “Drive On Up” is a soulful, almost bluesy rendition of small town tales of quirkiness. “It seems you’re always driving on up to something,” Earley amuses, “into the mountains to see a girlfriend above the reservoir where she lives in a single wide with her mom and a cougar stalks us at fifty yards through the brush, she says to bang sticks but never look it in the eye.”
VII moves effortlessly from track to track, allowing Earley to paint the colorful pictures that play in our head while singing along. “…There are those songs I keep writing over and over again, Ever Loved Once with all its regrets and tragic lost love, Don’t be a Stranger its hopeful cousin but they all still point to the same worn out place in the heart of old E. Earley. And hey, we all have that place, that worn spot on the heart like the chew canister circle on the back pocket of blue jeans, or that one shred in the green felt of the table where you ground the stick in too hard… May these songs minister in ways mysterious and eternal, or at least maybe make you shake a hip.
Umphrey’s McGee delivered a massive bust out of “Rising Bird” for the first time in over 16 years during a VIP set at their Georgia Theatre three-night closer in Athens.
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit continued their Ryman Residency in Nashville on Saturday where they debuted a cover of Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Helplessly Hoping.”
Bon Iver’s appearance on ‘CBS This Morning’ featured an interview with the band as well as video of songs off their 2019 album ‘i,i’ and more from their recent show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Steely Dan delivered the first “Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)” in 45 years during the third outing of their five-night residency at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.
Trey Anastasio offered up a solo acoustic debut of “Sanity” and more during his concert at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee on Friday night.