Veteran singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Laswell will release his eighth albumNext Time on September 21st. Like his previous release, the acclaimed Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet, the new album was entirely written, performed, produced and mixed by Laswell, with mastering by Grammy-winnerGavin Lurssen (Tom Waits, Queens of the Stone Age, Leonard Cohen).
The eleven songs comprising Next Time represent the largest breadth in sound and sentiment of any of Greg’s albums to date. The album is both more revealing and more visionary, a move from emotional crisis to biographical examination. “I feel more in control than I did on my last record,” he says. “Life is the most difficult it has ever been circumstantially, but I’m also kind of okay, even if just for moments, which is all life is anyway. My hope is that’s what came across with these songs.”
In a career of dramatic arcs, Next Time – perhaps a result of the real difficulties of seeing it through – would seem to represent a musical and emotional pinnacle for Greg. Indeed, it’s the album he has surely always meant to make, while life’s little (and sometimes very big) vagaries were getting in the way.
The first single from Next Time is the stunning departure “Royal Empress” which was world premiered by legendary radio DJ Nic Harcourt during his August 14th broadcast on KCSN in Los Angeles. Harcourt praised the song as “Broody AND anthemic, pretty great” and added that it “sounded sick on the airwaves”. “Royal Empress” is available now for purchase and streaming at http://smarturl.it/RoyalEmpress.
Greg will be kicking off an initial 11-date U.S. tour in support of Next Time on September 7th in Dallas, with more extensive touring to be announced.
September 7th: Dallas, TX / Sons of Hermann Hall
September 8th: Austin, TX / 3TEN ACL Live
September 9th: Houston, TX / Dosey Doe
September 11th: St. Louis, MO / The Old Rock House
September 13th: Indianapolis, IN / White Rabbit
September 14th: Columbus, OH / Natalie’s
September 15th: Evanston, IL / SPACE
September 17th: Cleveland, OH / Music Box Supper Club
September 19th: Charlotte, NC / Evening Muse
September 22nd: Atlanta, GA / Eddie’s Attic
September 23rd: Nashville, TN / City Winery