Chris and The Tourists latest CD, Sunglasses at Starlight, has been released online. Recorded live at Blacklodge Recording in Eudora, KS, at the conclusion of the 2010 tour (with the lone exception of bonus track West Philly Stars), the disc features the band’s geographically diverse touring lineup performing a mix of material, including live renditions of a couple tracks from Gemini alongside several previously unreleased songs. All the Blacklodge tracks were recorded completely live, with no overdubs.
Available now as a digital download or physical CD at CDBaby! Also available through iTunes and Amazon.
Chris sent me this poem a couple days ago, indicating that he intended to turn it into a song. I liked it so I decided to post it, but it’s a little long to post to the front page, so you’ll want to click ‘more’ below to check it out.
The new disc drops this Saturday, May 12, at The Grape Room! This is the session that was recorded live, with no overdubs, at the end of the last tour, engineered by Ed Rose at Blacklodge Recording in downtown Eudora, Kansas. The mixing and mastering are finished, so come out, grab your copy, and enjoy an evening of great music with 58 Fury, Paper Doll, Stonethrown, and Paige Allbritton also performing!
In other news, while we aren’t quite ready to formally announce anything just yet, the next tour is shaping up for some time in the middle of August, likely starting around the 16th and going for around two weeks. We hope to hit some of our old favorite spots and discover some new ones. See you soon!
It’s been a while since the last update, but that doesn’t mean things haven’t been moving right along. This spring will see the release of Chris’s new album, Summer in the Sun, which will be followed shortly by the summer release of the EP Arrival at a Black Lodge. The EP was recorded live at the end of the 2010 tour, with Ed Rose engineering the session at Black Lodge Recording in Eudora, KS. Plans for the 2011 tour in support of this year’s releases are currently being put together, and signs seem to be pointing toward August.
To try and give an idea of what the EP has in store, we’ve got some raw dumps of White Lady and a new one, Church of the Poison Mind. These haven’t properly been mixed and mastered yet, but they still sound pretty good (thanks, Ed!) Right click and select “Save As” to download:
Bright Side will be the first single off Chris’s forthcoming album, entitled Summer in the Sun. We’ve been given a peek at it, and it’s great! Fortunately, we’ve been given permission to share this tune with the internet for a limited time. Right click here and select “Save As” to check it out while it’s still available.
Shooting for the Bright Side video will take place on October 2 in Philadelphia. Stay tuned for news and pictures from the video shoot! And of course, as soon as it is finished we’ll let you know.
The Tourists summer tour officially wrapped up last week. Reports indicate that new friends were made, old friends were visited, venues were rocked, roofs were raised, and nine hot tracks were given the business at Black Lodge Recording in beautiful downtown Eudora, Kansas, with the assistance of Ed Rose. The band would like to thank everyone who came out in support, and particularly those who helped make it all possible through Kickstarter. Also, major thanks must go to Steve for coming through with a van on short notice, after the rental place called Chris at 5:00 the evening before the tour started to inform him that despite the fact that he had reserved one, they didn’t actually have any vans for him to pick up in the morning.
Pictures, audio, and video from the tour are coming in the near future. Until then, if you haven’t seen the video for White Lady yet, here’s your chance!
A whole lot has been happening in the past month or so- we’ve been hard at work in the studio puts the gloss and touches on our next full-length record, tentatively titled ,”Summer in the Sun”. It will feature 11 or so brand new songs by yours truly with an assortment of instruments and great performances by the Tourists. We’re back in the studio with Cheek Andrews and are looking towards a Fall release date- in the meantime, I’ll be leaking some of the advance tracks here and on my Facebook page so check back often.
Our other big news is that we are teaming up with the folks at Kickstarter.com to raise funds for our summer tour and upcoming live record- We’ll be heading out west for a couple of weeks this summer, joined by new Tourists Leslie Sanazaro (keys and vox) and Ryan Ashmore (bass, guitar and vox) at the end of our show dates, we’ll be heading in to the famous Black Lodge Recording Studio in Eudora, KS. to document the live set from the previous weeks’ shows. As I’m sure you know, an undertaking like this takes money to do; to pay the musicians, for gasoline, food and accomodations and to pay for the studio time and engineer’s fees to produce the record. Please take a second to help us realize this project- the minimum bid is just $1 and is taken care of through the secure and gauranteed folks at Amazon.com. There are also all sorts of cool premiums we’re offering for those who pledge as our way of saying thank you for your support- you can read all about it here-
The Tourists concept was born to blend genres and orchestrate unconventional pairings among musicians. I’m fortunate to know some great artists, and many have contributed to Gemini. The sound is fed by an incredible spectrum of influence. Not too sentimental, not too obscure, not too political, not too effusive, not too plain…
It’s always a challenge to describe my own work, but I’m fascinated to hear what fans and reviewers have to say. Usually they rely on comparative definitions. Some of my favorites have been Bob Dylan, Rufus Wainwright, Roy Orbison and Barry White. (Okay, I made up the Barry White one.) These connections range from obvious to obscure to oblivious, but I always find them interesting. So today, I’m channeling Bob Barker.
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You’ve heard me and now I want to hear you. The first 25 people to email firstname.lastname@example.org with an insightful comment after listening to the three songs linked to the AA post will receive a free mp3 of any song from Gemini. My favorite response will be rewarded with an autographed copy of the cd. All thoughtful entries will receive a personal reply with my sincerest thanks.