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HENRY JAMISON UPHOLDS HIS FAMILY’S BARDIC TRADITION ON EVOCATIVE DEBUT ALBUM ‘THE WILDS,’ OUT OCTOBER 20th ON AKIRA RECORDS

Henry Jamison’s debut album ‘The Wilds,’ an evocative work that showcases his unique storytelling talents, will be out October 20th on Akira Records. The Vermont native has earned acclaim from Vice Noisey, Consequence Of Sound and World Cafe for his ability to find profundity in the mundane machinations of everyday life — finding deeper meaning in the light from flatscreen televisions, the woosh of grocery store ACs, and Lil Wayne lyrics. It’s a gift that has been passed along his family for generations.

“There’s definitely this bardic tradition in my family,” reflects Jamison. “I don’t know how much any of it means, but I was handed a set of skills growing up, and I had to learn how to develop them on my own.”

American Songwriter just premiered the video for “Real Peach,” the song released as Jamison’s first single before blowing up on Spotify and tallying 12 million streams. Says Jamison: “I was as surprised as anyone by the way “Real Peach” took off on Spotify. I had a few conversations on my most recent tour with people who had their first kiss or got engaged with the song as their soundtrack, so I guess it’s resonated with a large handful of romantics out there.” Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2rxlLMD

Jamison released his debut EP, ‘The Rains,’ in 2016. Tracks from the collection racked up more than 19 million streams on Spotify, as his uniquely off-kilter brand of folk pop spread like wildfire online and earned him critical acclaim, dates with Big Thief, Tall Heights, Lady Lamb, and more, as well as festival appearances including Grace Potter’s annual Grant Point North.

Recorded in a mountainside house in Goshen, VT with engineer/co-producer Ethan West, ‘The Wilds’ opens with choral strains that give way to Jamison’s understated prologue on “Bright & Future.” From there, the album takes shape: “The Jacket” seeks to find authentic connection in a synthetic landscape, while “Through A Glass” traces a knowingly petulant infatuation with startling self-awareness. Jamison’s scattered observations coalesce on the honest, uncertain “Real Peach”: “If all is fair in love and war, then I don’t know what we are fighting for.”

Listen to “The Jacket,” which premiered over at Baeble last month, here: http://bit.ly/2qVVqZC

Jamison has a history of storytellers in his family. Raised by a classical composer father and an English professor mother, Jamison was drawn to music and lyrics from his earliest days, and he began recording his own homemade cassette tapes while he was still in elementary school. Going further back in Jamison’s lineage and you’ll find George Frederick Root, the most popular songwriter of the Civil War era and the author of the iconic “Battle Cry Of Freedom.” Keep going even further to the 14th Century and you’ll find the British poet John Gower, who was known to be a friend to Chaucer and Richard II.

Henry Jamison is embarking on an extensive North American tour with Gracie and Rachel this fall, see tour dates below.

TRACK LIST:
1. Bright & Future
2. The Wilds
3. The Jacket
4. Through A Glass
5. Sunlit Juice
6. Black Mountain
7. Dallas Love Field
8. Real Peach
9. Varsity
10. The Last Time I Saw Adrianne
11. The Rains
12. No One Told Me

TOUR DATES:
8/24 — Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien*
8/25 — Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel*
8/26 — Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern*
8/29 — Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live*
8/30 — Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe*
9/08 — Portland, ME @ One Longfellow Square*
9/10 — Allston, MA @ Great Scott*
9/12 — New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge*
9/14 — Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater*
9/15 — San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord*
9/17 — Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North Festival

*with Gracie and Rachel

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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