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Jeffrey Smith
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European Publicity:

Peter Holmstedt
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Hearing Red: February News


We have oh so much to report.

First, if you’re in or near Savannah, I’m playing this Friday, February 4, with two great bands. The Red River (from Long Beach and Portland) will be passing through town on their winter tour. I played with them last October, and, if you were there, you saw them make the audience levitate. Truly wonderful. NPR’s All Songs Considered named their recent release Best of 2010. The lovely local Brandon Nelson McCoy will open. Details are below.

Second, alt-country southern-gothic musician and raconteur Jim White is producing a song, “Simon Says,” on my new record. This is ginormous news and makes me pinch myself a lot. Details below.

Third, we have many great shows coming up (despite having promised myself that I’d limit performances so I can finish that pesky record).


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The Big Nifty

  • Jim White, Producer: In case you missed my indescriminant gushing, I’m very happy to announce that Jim White—hallowed southern-gothic alt-country songwriter and storyteller—is producing "Simon Says," one of the songs on my upcoming record. Jim has been very kind and supportive since we shared a stage in Athens last year. Last weekend I traveled to Athens, where we tracked many wonderous instruments at Jim’s house. Boy oh boy, does it sound terrific.
  • Untitled Record #2: First off, no, I haven’t come up with a name yet. Second, despite its lack of a name, steam is gathering, talented people are participating. In addition to Jim and my fantastic band, Of Montreal’s Thayer Sarrano plays piano, the Modern Skirts’ JoJo Glidewell plays accordion and piano, Hope for Agoldensummers’ Claire Campbell sings backup vocals, and TV on the Radio’s horn section (Kevin Moehringer, Peter Hess, and Michael Irwin) tracked for us in Brooklyn in January. We’ve now recorded in three U.S. cities, and we’re considering doing some tracking in Berlin, Germany (no, I’m not kidding).
  • New Web Site: If you haven’t checked it out already, please do. It’s luminescent and helpful. And it’s all the fault of Amanda Hanlon at ADH Studio.


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