Winnipeg, Canada – Success is a mystical pursuit; a blend of timing, talent, good fortune, dedication and hard work.A break in the schedule of award winning roots-rockers The Bros. Landreth offered Joey Landreth a chance to step forward and test the creative waters with is 2017 debut solo album Whiskey.
It proved to be a very potent recipe.
Whiskeywas an extension of the kind of eclectic, aurally pleasing, and deeply meaningful songs produced by the band, but accentuated and amplified by Joey Landreth’s dynamic guitar stylings as well as his passionate vocal performances.
The album and subsequenttouring earned rave reviews from critics and fans, showcasingJoey Landreth as a songwriter, vocalist, musician and performer in his own right.
With his one-of-a-kind guitar prowess, charming on and off-stage demeanour, the sincerity and authenticity of his words and music, every piece of music Landreth composes with carry with it his unmistakably evocative and melodic hallmarks.
Seeking a new creative challenge, Landreth recently stepped out of the proverbial comfort,writing a great deal of music completely on his own, as well as alongside the precociously talented young songwriter/producer Roman Clarke. It is a bold step, but one that he has approached with great relish and excitement.
“I would often write on my own, even for The Bros. Landreth, but I would usually get about 50 to 75 per cent of the way through a song and bring it to my brother and we would work on it together from there. For this new project, I am trying not to do any of that, because I wanted to know what it was like to push through that barrier when I got stuck on my own. What does the song sound like when I try to learn on my own, if I pushed myself through and so far, the result is songs that sound a bit different, which is kind of interesting,” he said.
“I am also writing with Roman, who is producing the record with me. I truly believe he is a rising star because he is young, but an insanely talented multi-instrumentalist. His band opened for us and I was inspired by his work ethic and his musicianship and just his whole vibe. His sensibilities are totally different than mine. He has taken me places I might not normally go.”
But fear not, it’s not a radical departure, simply a broadening of horizons and an opportunity for personal and creative growth. The results of Landreth’s labours are going to be road tested during upcoming touring andanupcoming album release.
When Landreth is on the road, he isdoing what he does best, entertaining audiences with his soulful musical storytelling and infectiously emotive melodies. As engaging a performer as you will ever encounter, it took a little while for Landreth to overcome the trepidations of touring solo or with new bandmates.
The Whiskey tour took Landreth across Canada, USA, and Europe.
Landreth has said that there will be a new The Bros. Landreth album coming out later in 2019. In the meantime, fans of Joey Landreth will not have to wait long to bear witness to his stirring solo shows as he embarks again on a full touring schedule, and he finishes off the final touches on his yet to be titled new album.
It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to hear the next stage in the evolution of a truly remarkable artist, one who possesses the rare ability to connect to people through his melodies, through his lyrics, and through his riveting performances.
“SCORCHER”, was made over the course of 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Besides the string parts that pepper the album (which were performed by Rory Graham), he played every instrument, sang every background vocal, and produced the entire thing himself. Creative control is an important facet of his artistry, and that is well represented in this first collection of songs.
This album will be the first real step into the world as a solo artist, having been touring and releasing music with the Manitoban power trio The Middle Coast for several years, as well as touring with various other acts such as Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Joey Landreth.
Roman has also began his journey as a producer and songwriter for other artists. His first full album as a producer and songwriter on Joey Landreth’s (of The Brothers Landreth) new album will be released in 2019. in 2017, he co-produced Olivia Lunny’s 2017 release with Murray Pulver (Doc Walker, Crash Test Dummies).
Female-fronted, multi-instrumentalist power trio, The Accidentals (Sav Buist, Katie Larson, and Michael Dause) kicked off 2018 with the release of their debut album, Odyssey, with Sony Masterworks. They followed the album release with two-hundred days of touring nationally, seventeen festivals, sync placement with Turner Classic Movies, FOX sports, and a RAM Trucks BANDvan #tourtough commercial.
They released their latest single, “Heavy Flag,” produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana Del Ray, The Decemberists) in October, and they aren’t slowing down going into 2019. They are currently scoring an indie film, touring, teaching workshops across the country, and releasing new music.
PopMatters says you can’t define them by comparison to any one band, comparing them to a mash up of influences including, “The Beatles, Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Led Zeppelin, Ani Difranco, Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, etc.” NPR says “they display equal interest in the focused musical forms of indie rock and pop and the expansive potential of orchestral arrangements, jam band open-endedness and impressionistic singer-songwriter expression,” adding, “they might be the most compelling songwriters of our time.”