Today, Nonesuch Records releases The Queen of Hearts, the debut album from Offa Rex, an adventurous new project featuring English singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists. The record’s already received praise from the New York Times, NPR Music, The Guardian, Lenny Letter and many more. Watch a studio performance of “The Old Churchyard” here: https://youtu.be/XLodKmSoTU0
Produced and recorded by Tucker Martine (Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case) and ‘The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy at Martine’s studio in Portland, OR, and mostly arranged by Chaney, the thirteen tracks on The Queen of Hearts draw largely on traditional English-Irish-Scottish repertoire to create a transatlantic musical conversation that flirts with psychedelia and folk rock while maintaining its own inimitable identity.
Offa Rex will tour this summer, including performances at the Newport Folk Festival, Town Hall in New York, and at The Aladdin in Portland. They will also play at Travelers’ Rest, The Decemberists’ two-day curated festival in Missoula, MT on August 12 and 13. Additionally, Olivia Chaney will support The Decemberists for their August tour, during which she will join the band on stage to perform songs from The Queen of Hearts. Chaney will also do a few solo shows around those dates. Complete list of shows are below.
TRACK LIST: The Queen of Hearts Blackleg Miner The Gardener The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Flash Company Old Churchyard Constant Billy (Oddington) / I’ll Go Enlist (Sherborne) Willie o’ Winsbury Bonny May Sheepcrook and Black Dog To Make You Stay
TOUR DATES: 7/23 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater 7/26 – New York, NY @ The Town Hall 7/28 – Camden, NJ @XPoNential Festival 7/29 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival 8/03 – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub^ 8/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre* 8/09 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall* 8/12 – Missoula, MT @ Travelers’ Rest Festival 8/13 – Missoula, MT @ Travelers’ Rest Festival 8/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre* 8/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater* 8/18 – Davis, CA @ Mondavi Center* 8/19 – Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion*
*Olivia Chaney opening for The Decemberists’ shows ^Olivia Chaney solo