NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

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 'THE WILD' RELEASE TOUR HEADS WEST

We spent the better part of two weeks in a borrowed van, crisscrossing the Northeast during the absolute holy-shit peak of fall foliage. We played music in nightclubs and theaters and barns. We tweaked the setlist and the stage setup and the song arrangements, drank a lot of coffee, watched some crazy late-night baseball, and laughed to the point of physical pain. And like a beautiful little blur, that's the first chapter of the release tour behind us. Our task now is to repack, power through some trick-or-treating, and then get our strung-out, oversugared nine-year-old to the airport by early Wednesday morning and launch for Seattle, where our west coast run begins.

The shows have been a dream thus far - sweet rooms, sweeter audiences. So many new songs - of both mine and Jeffrey Foucault's - to wander around in and get to know. We recorded THE WILD very quickly, and it's been great to have a chance to spend more time in each song, unpack our bags and live there a little. I'm playing my brand-new (to me) viola in JF's set, which is a fun challenge not lessened by the fact that all his new tunes are in non-string-friendly keys (E-flat anyone?). But it's exciting to have that instrument out on the road and find places for it in the sonic landscape created by this tremendous band - Billy Conway on drums, Jeremy Moses Curtis on bass, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel.

We are looking forward to playing more music for more people. Our kid is looking forward to finding out what kind of snacks they have in West Coast green rooms and what all the hotels and Airbnbs look like. Morale is high across the board, this crazy tour will almost certainly never be repeated, and we hope you'll come join us at a show.

Tickets and info for all shows on the tour page.
CDs, EPs, LPs, T-shirts, etc on the store page.
There are a few nice new videos up on the media page.

If you'd like to volunteer to help sell CDs etc at a show in exchange for a free ticket, please email info@krisdelmhorst.com

Thanks everybody and see you out there.
Yours in E flat,*kd

NOVEMBER 2 - Ballard Homestead, SEATTLE, WA
NOVEMBER 4 - Old Church, PORTLAND, OR
NOVEMBER 5 - 7 Devils Brewery, COOS BAY, OR
NOVEMBER 7 - Arcata Players Theater, ARCATA, CA
NOVEMBER 8 - The Palms Playhouse, WINTERS, CA
NOVEMBER 9 - Freight & Salvage, BERKELEY, CA
NOVEMBER 10 - Don Quixote, FELTON, CA
NOVEMBER 11 - McCabes, SANTA MONICA, CA
NOVEMBER 12 - Soho, SANTA BARBARA, CA

DECEMBER 1 - The Ark, ANN ARBOR, MI
DECEMBER 2 - Seven Steps Up, Spring Lake, MI
DECEMBER 3 - City Winery, CHICAGO, IL
DECEMBER 5 - CSPS, CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
DECEMBER 6 - Three Springs Barn, LANCASTER, WI
DECEMBER 7 - Cedar Cultural Center, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
DECEMBER 8 - Stoughton Opera House, STOUGHTON, WI
DECEMBER 9 - Back Room @ Colectivo, MILWAUKEE, WI

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

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'THE WILD' RELEASE TOUR


October. Fuzzy slippers in the morning, flip-flops by noon. The specific russet light. In the kitchen, we roast peppers and freeze tomatoes, stocking up; in the yard, the elderberry bushes boil with birds doing the same.

In the human world its it's been a particularly difficult week. Reeling from the news from Las Vegas, I was eerily numb. It was only later, blasting Tom Petty records in the house after more bad news, that I could start to crack open, find feelings, find tears, and it reminded me for the zillionth time: this is what music gives us. We get seized up and shut down, whether it's from the shock of a serious tragedy, or just the cumulative effects of all the various armor we need to put on to get through our day. Music takes us by the hand and leads us back to wherever we've stashed our emotions, our humanity even - and opens the door. 

We're heading out on the road in a couple weeks to play THE WILD live for the first time, and the whole project will be this: gather humans in a room together, do our best to make some real music, and hope it helps all of us, on and off the stage, get to where the feelings are.

All of these shows, for the remainder of 2017, will be full-band cobills with Jeffrey Foucault. For the first run, in the Northeast, the lineup is Billy Conway on drums, Jeremy Moses Curtis on bass, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel - a formidable assemblage by any reckoning. JF and I will each get half the night as frontman and the other half as sideman, which to my mind is a perfect ratio. I'll focus mostly on the new album and he'll introduce some tunes from his forthcoming (in 2018) BLOOD BROTHERS. We'll do a few things duet-style along the way too. It's unusual to do a record release tour as a cobill, but this album has been such a family project that we couldn't imagine doing it any other way. We're pulling our daughter out of school and bringing her along in the hopes that she'll take a good look at the whole thing and consider pursuing other lines of work, so that there will be someone in the family with gainful employment who can take care of us down the line when we get rickety. 

Some shows will sell out. You can get tickets for all of them now on the tour page

CDs, LPs, the Outtakes EP, T-shirts, anything along those lines you might need are on the store page

There is a new video up as of today of me & JF playing "Magnolia" in Montana this summer. If you have any dreamy late-summer afternoons left where you are, with slanty golden light and long blue shadows, that'd be your ideal listening situation. 

Thanks everybody and hopefully we'll see you at a show. *kd

 

HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO 'THE WILD'

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Today we release THE WILD back into The Wild whence it came. No one's 100% sure what a record being "out" actually means these days, but we do know that it's now available in online record stores and some physical ones, and that you can call your favorite radio station and request it, and most importantly that you can now get yourself a copy, in CD or LP or download form, in the store. 

Also there you will find the companion EP, OUTTAKES FROM THE WILD - 5 extra songs from the session that we left off the record - and sweet new T-shirts.

Starting next month I'll be hitting the road with Esteemed Spouse/coproducer Jeffrey Foucault and our valiant band (plus our fourth-grader). We'll be playing THE WILD live and previewing JF's upcoming album BLOOD BROTHERS as we trade sets fronting the band and backing each other up. It'll be a rare aligning of forces, and a special night of music, so get your tickets now and come help us fill these rooms with good vibes. The world being what it is right now, we're all going to need an extra helping. 

Thankyou all for being on board with what I do. I feel outrageously lucky to be able to spend my life putting music into the world, and it only works because you're there to receive it. I hope the new songs prove to be good company.

Yours in gratitude, *kd

THANKYOU PLEDGERS

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The Pledgemusic campaign is closed. Thanks so much to all of you who joined in! You can now preorder THE WILD, as well as an EP of Studio Outtakes and new T-shirts, to be shipped on the release date (22 September), in the store. In the meantime, happy listening to everyone who pledged!

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

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***HARVEST SEASON: ONE WEEK LEFT TO PRE-ORDER THE WILD***

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Some of you know I worked as a vegetable farmer for a bunch of years before becoming a full-time musician, and this time of year is indelibly bound up for me with the feelings of the harvest season: the bursting yield of the crops, the slight panic at the seeming impossibility of keeping up with them, the giddy, strung-out, overtired high from working to bring it all in, the background hints of winter waiting in the wings. These days, I just have a semi-feral vegetable garden out back, and some fruit trees & shrubs, and still every fall the kitchen counters are crammed with cabbage and tomatoes, raspberries and plums, in overwhelming, slightly alarming, beautiful abundance.

I love to release an album in this season because it lines right up with all of this. It feels perfectly parallel to have a counter dangerously full of plums and a sunporch dangerously full of boxes of records. After the long growing process, it's thrilling, satisfying, exhausting, and slightly wistful to bring these songs out of the field and hand them over to the people who will put them to use in their lives. 

In the interest of which, there's one week left to sign up for your early copy of THE WILD and behind the scenes musings, right here:

WWW.PLEDGEMUSIC.COM/KRISDELMHORST

I feel bountifully lucky for the interest, support, and encouragement people have given this new album, and for all the sharing and word-of-mouthing many of you have been doing. As a ruminative person making ruminative music, it's an awkward task to run around the internet trying to get people to give you their attention, let alone their money. Any spreading of the word any of you do is deeply, gratefully appreciated. We'll hope to see you at a show this fall - see below for details.

Yours in seasonal abundance, *kd

FALL TOUR: Release tours for THE WILD start in October and go through the end of the year, all co-bills with Jeffrey Foucault, taking turns fronting the band and playing on each other's sets. Come catch us as we swing through! Further details for all shows, as always, are to be found on the tour page.

AUGUST NEWSLETTER

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***THE WILD NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER***


There's a long lag time between when you record an album and when you get to start sharing it with the wider world. It was last October, in the full swing of blazing fall foliage, that the band and I holed up in Vermont and made the music that would become my new album THE WILD. Yesterday, floating around in a lake with some nine-year-olds, I saw a few red leaves at the very top of a big maple tree. Almost a whole turn through the seasons, and it's finally time to start introducing the record around to the neighborhood! 

I'm thrilled to announce that you can now PREORDER THE WILD right here: 

WWW.PLEDGEMUSIC.COM/KRISDELMHORST

I made this record with four of my absolute favorite people on the planet, one of whom I went so far as to marry. Jeffrey and I tend to keep our careers running on separate tracks from separate floors of the house, but for this one we decided to join forces and keep it in the family. We brought the band up to a studio called Verdant, in southern Vermont, not too far from our place. It’s an old barn reformatted as a studio, funky in all the right ways and a great place to hang out and be creative. We all slept there in various unglamorous conditions, kept the wood-stove going most of the time, and JF cooked us all some beautiful meals using only a grill and a toaster oven. We brought the dog, who raised morale and made us get outside on a regular basis, which was her whole job. We cut eighteen songs in three days - no small task, especially with most of the first day being devoted to just dialing in the room setup, but this is a band that specializes in getting down to business. 

What I can tell you about the songs is that they're grownup songs. They're about the cyclical motion that runs through our existence like a tide: lose the path, find the path, again and again. They're about how life can get strange as it goes along, and how you can become a stranger to yourself, and your partner or your muse can become strangers too, and then all you can do is keep forging ahead through this strangeness until you start to recognize some landmarks again. The band - Billy Conway, Jeremy Moses Curtis, Alex McCollough, & JF - created sonic settings that make those difficult topics easy on the ears: patient, deep, uncluttered, and ranging from lean and wiry to gorgeously lush. I feel vastly lucky to have been able to make this album with such profound musicians and great friends, and to now be able to share it with you.

I’m releasing this album at an uncertain time in the music business. Our "product" has become a free good, more or less, and for anyone whose life depends on making and selling music this is a significant dilemma. The implied message is that The Market doesn't put a high value on music, but we know that music matters as much to people's lives as it ever did. This kind of crowd-funded campaign is an opportunity for you, aka music fans, aka The Market, to affirm that you do indeed value music and want to support people continuing to be able to make it. Please share the pre-order link with anyone you can, the grass-roots network is the only way this sort of thing succeeds.

WWW.PLEDGEMUSIC.COM/KRISDELMHORST
 

FALL TOUR: The dates for the fall are now, as far as we know, complete. These clubs range from cavernous to cozy; make sure you get tickets early to be safe. All shows will be co-bills with Jeffrey Foucault, taking turns fronting the band and playing on each other's sets. 

Further details for all shows, as always, are to be found on the website

Yours above and beyond market-based economics, *kd

Source: http://www.pledgemusic.com/krisdelmhorst

KD JULY NEWSLETTER

VERMONT TODAY // NEW RECORD IN SEPTEMBER // FALL US TOUR



Full summer. The peas are history. The peach tree is so loaded up with fruit it is thinking about falling over. We have both baby foxes and baby chickens residing in or around the backyard, and we want to be friends with both of them, but it's awkward when your one friend wants to slay and devour your other friend, so we've had to choose sides. As all of this bucolic drama plays out, gears are turning for a busy upcoming season in music, as follows:

VERMONT TODAY: I have one show this month, and it's today. As a friend of mine wrote in the margin of her RSVP card to my wedding, which arrived around my first anniversary, "Is this information useful at this time, or is it too soon?" I'll be playing solo on the Woodstock town green at 5:30 pm for any Vermonters who knew about it already, are spontaneous about planning, or happen to wander by. Free show! Beer & wine for sale on site! Bring a picnic! Bring dogs! Information is here.

NEW RECORD IN SEPTEMBER: My album THE WILD is currently being pressed in both CD and LP formats and has an official release date of 22 September. I co-produced it with Esteemed Spouse Jeffrey Foucault, who plays and sings on it, accompanied by three bandmates who we both have a ton of history with: Billy Conway on drums, Jeremy Moses Curtis on bass, and Alex McCollough on pedal steel. There will be much more news about it soon including preorder information...for now here's a peek at the track list. 

1. ALL THE WAY AROUND
2. TEMPORARY EXISTENCE
3. THE WILD
4. RULES TO GAMES
5. I DON'T NEED TO KNOW IT ALL
6. MAGNOLIA
7. COLOR OF THE SKY
8. FOOLISH BLOOD
9. LONELY WEST
10. HOLLOW
11. TRACKS IN THE SNOW
12. THE LIGHT IN THE HALL
 

FALL TOUR: Starting in October and lasting through the end of the year, I'll be doing release tours for the new album as cobills with Jeffrey Foucault, taking turns fronting the band and playing on each other's stuff. My set will focus on introducing the new album and JF's will give him a chance to preview some of the great songs from his upcoming 2018 release, which promises to be a humdinger. Those of you who know our careers know that we tend to operate separately most of the time, but doing this record together looked like an excellent opportunity to hit the road together for once, and I can't wait to present the new songs in person with these members of my musical (and actual) family.

Further details for all shows, as always, are to be found on the tour page.

Yours in almost-ripe fruit, *kd

SUMMER SHOWS:
 

JULY 20 - Woodstock Town Green, Free show! WOODSTOCK, VT Info
AUGUST 25 -  Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare @ Co Tix

'THE WILD' ALBUM RELEASE TOUR with JEFFREY FOUCAULT
***All Shows Full Band Co-Bills***


OCTOBER 20 - Stone Mt Arts Center, BROWNFIELD, ME Tix
OCTOBER 21 - Once Ballroom, SOMERVILLE, MA Tix
OCTOBER 22 - Higher Ground, BURLINGTON, VT Tix
OCTOBER 25 - Gypsy Sally's, WASHINGTON, DC Tix
OCTOBER 26 - Rockwood Music Hall, NEW YORK, NY Tix
OCTOBER 27 - The Word Barn, EXETER, NH Tix
OCTOBER 28 - Shea Theater, TURNERS FALLS, NY Tix

NOVEMBER 2 - Ballard Homestead, SEATTLE, WA Tix
NOVEMBER 4 - Old Church, PORTLAND, OR Tix
NOVEMBER 7 - Arcata Players Theater, ARCATA, CA Tix
NOVEMBER 8 - The Palms Playhouse, DAVIS, CA Tix
NOVEMBER 9 - Freight & Salvage, BERKELEY, CA Tix
NOVEMBER 10 - Don Quixote, FELTON, CA Tix
NOVEMBER 11 - McCabes, SANTA MONICA, CA Tix
NOVEMBER 12 - Soho, SANTA BARBARA, CA Tix

DECEMBER 1 - The Ark, ANN ARBOR, MI Tix
DECEMBER 2 - Seven Steps Up, SPRING LAKE, MI Tix
DECEMBER 3 - City Winery, CHICAGO, IL Tix
DECEMBER 5 - CSPS, CEDAR RAPIDS, IA Tix
DECEMBER 7 - Cedar Cultural Center, MINNEAPOLIS, MN Tix
DECEMBER 8 - Stoughton Opera House, STOUGHTON, WI Tix
DECEMBER 9 - Colectivo, MILWAUKEE, WI Tix
 

Further info available on the tour page
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KD MAY NEWSLETTER

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ROCKPORT // THE WILD

It's the season to end hibernations, and in that spirit I'm starting a slow emergence from my non-touring respite. It's been enlightening, exotic, and deeply restorative to spend several months in a row based at my own house for the first time in 20 years - but I'm looking forward to a few nice shows over the summer and then a big record release tour in the fall.

ROCKPORT: I have one show this month which is a peach: the Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center in Rockport, Mass. This is a gorgeous seaside venue where the performers are often wearing tuxedos. I get to play it with my friend Tim Gearan, one of the best songwriters and guitar players that any of us can hope to hear during our lifetime. Dietrich Strause, no slouch himself in either department, will be on hand too to play a opening set. I do not expect tuxedos to be worn by any of us. In fact, the idea of all of us descending on the Shalin Liu reminds me of a time a few years ago when I scored a rare upgrade to first class on a cross-country flight, and as I was hoisting my little red gear suitcase, duct-taped to within an inch of its life, into the overhead bin, a flight attendant came running at me with barely concealed horror, saying "Oh no honey no no no, this is FIRST class, where is YOUR seat?!" That said, I can't wait to fill that beautiful room with the most beautiful sounds we all can muster, damn the tuxedos. 

THE WILD: As I mentioned, I have a new album coming out in October and that's what we're calling it. I'm excited to share more information about it but I need to keep it all under my hat for another month or so. Esteemed Spouse Jeffrey Foucault and I produced it together and stayed friendly to each other nearly the entire time, making it a marital as well as a musical accomplishment. We'll be playing the release shows co-bill style with a shared band throughout the fall...more on all of this in its own time. 

For now, yours in copious daffodils, *kd

MAY:
MAY 20 - Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center, ROCKPORT, MA w Tim Gearan

THE FUTURE:
JULY 20 - Village Green, WOODSTOCK, VT **free outdoor show 5:30pm** 
AUGUST 19 - Tina Packer Playhouse @ Shakespeare & Co, LENOX, MA 

Tickets and further details for all shows as always are to be found on the tour page.