Juno and Polaris Prize-nominated artist Basia Bulat will play several shows this week at SXSW, including Wednesday, March 16 at the Parish; Friday, March 18 at the KUTX showcase at the Four Seasons and the Frye showcase at Swan Dive; and Saturday, March 19 at the Dogfish Head showcase at The Ginger Man. Please see full details below.
The dates come in the midst of a run celebrating the release of Bulat’s new album Good Advice—which has been streamed more than two million times since its release. Lead single “Infamous” continues to build at radio—Bulat is the #38 most played artist of the year on Non-Comm AAA and #92 most played on AAA, with “Infamous” peaking at #31 on Non-Comm AAA and #85 on the AAA Top 200. “Fool,” streamed 600,000 times to date, debuts at radio this week—listen here.
Good Advice debuted at #9 on the Canadian albums chart and #26 on the U.S. New Artist album chart. Get the record via iTunes here and stream via Spotify here.
Bulat teamed up with friend and collaborator Jim James of My Morning Jacket on the album’s production, driving 600 miles from her home in Montreal to La La Land recording studio in James’ hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Bulat originally met James backstage at the Austin City Limits music festival; the two reconnected when she toured with him in the summer of 2013 and became friends.
Good Advice is a departure from Bulat’s previous work, with her voice backed up by drums, bass, electric guitar and keys. James plays electric guitar, synth, saxophone and bass on the album; further Louisville guests including members of Houndmouth, Twin Limb, Seth Kauffman of Floating Action and more also join Bulat.
“Basia has something truly unique,” says James. The duo recorded the album over several visits Bulat made to Kentucky. “I knew immediately that it was the exact right place to be,” says Bulat. “To go so far from home, then to find that it felt like home.”
Of the sessions, James recalls, “The entire process was so amazing. Hearing her voice just exploding out of her soul brought us all to tears in the control room. Watching Basia come out of her shell with great power was an extraordinary thing to witness.”
Since the release of her debut album, Oh My Darling, Bulat has shared the stage with artists including Arcade Fire, The National, Nick Cave, St. Vincent, Beirut, Andrew Bird, Tune-Yards, Sondre Lerche, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Head and the Heart, Owen Pallett, Devotchka and many more. Known for her talents on little-known instruments including the autoharp and charango, Bulat has also been tapped for tributes to Leonard Cohen and The Band.
March 16 Austin, TX SXSW 10:00 p.m. — Official SXSW Showcase at The Parish