Saturday 2 March 2013 at 7:30pm
Night & Day Café
26 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JN, United Kingdom
Mark Eitzel’s new record, Don’t Be a Stranger, is released by Décor Records this autumn. After a string of bad luck that included a heart attack that set him back several months and the implosion of his band American Music Club, Mark Eitzel fortuitously found himself in the studio with celebrated producer Sheldon Gomberg (Rickie Lee Jones, Ron Sexsmith, Ben Harper), thanks to the generosity of a an old friend. The result is Eitzel’s finest solo album in over a decade.
The collaboration between Mark and Sheldon had an organic sound resulting in a generous and beautiful record, about which Mark says, ‘I wanted to make an album more reminiscent of records like Harvest by Neil Young or Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake than anything I’ve previously done’.
Mark Eitzel has released over 15 albums of original material with his band American Music Club and as a solo artist. The Guardian has called him ‘America’s Greatest Living Lyricist‘ and Rolling Stone once gave him their Songwriter of the Year award. Originally formed in 1983, American Music Club released seven albums before breaking up in 1995 and finally reuniting in 2004 for two more albums.
Mark plans to tour Europe in early 2013 and the US later this year with his band Mark Eitzel’s Warm Gentle Rain. His live set consists of a mixture of songs from his rich catalogue, including selections from American Music Club as well as newer material. Mark’s touring band will consist of piano, bass, and drums in the classic lounge style, but he also plans to ‘bring the chaos’ in the form of his electric guitar.
Tour support comes from Woodpigeon, led by Mark Andrew Hamilton. The band’s sound has been compared to Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Camera Obscura, Simon & Garfunkel and Belle & Sebastian amongst others.
Local support comes from Butcher The Bar.
Price: £14 adv
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