Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault team up for “Wild” CD release tour
Though long a team in life, Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault have largely maintained separate careers as musicians. But after collaborating on Delmhorst’s new album “The Wild,” Delmhorst and Foucault are joining forces for a CD release tour with shows along the West Coast this month and in the Midwest in December.
Shows on this rare split-bill tour will have two distinct sets featuring Delmhorst and Foucault in succession, with the other joining the supporting band. In addition to Delmhorst and Foucault on lead and harmony vocals and guitars, the line-up will include Billy Conway (of rock band Morphine) on drums, Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass and Eric Heywood (the Pretenders, Son Volt, Ray LaMontagne, John Doe) on electric guitar and pedal steel.
Delmhorst’s talent for blending the insight of folk with an undercurrent of rock makes her one of the rare singer-songwriters who get audiences really grooving even when the lyrics mull, say, the uncertain natures of life and love.
Delmhorst’s muse covers a broad territory. In addition to a string of releases of original music, she’s also recorded an album of reimagined versions of songs by post-punk/new wave band the Cars and albums of songs based on poems by the likes of W.B. Yeats, William Blake and Christina Rossetti.
A multi-instrumentalist who has recorded vocals, fiddle, cello, keyboards, mandolin and guitar on over 50 albums by artists such as Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither, Lori McKenna and Peter Wolf, Delmhorst primarily focuses on vocals and guitar when performing her own music. On this tour, she’s adding viola to her quiver of instruments during Foucault’s sets.
On “The Wild” (released in September on Blue Blade Records), Delmhorst delivers a confident collection of original music. With songs ranging in tone from saucy to gentle to brooding, the album showcases Delmhorst’s warm voice and evocative writing, with Billy Conway’s funky drumming providing atmosphere and Foucault’s instincts as guitarist and co-producer keeping the sound both muscular and spare.
Foucault is no stranger to producing, with credits including Caitlin Canty’s much-lauded 2015 release “Reckless Skyline.” But he’s best known as a headlining musician with six albums under his own name and two more with Cold Satellite.
With a voice like denim – sturdy, well-weathered, smooth with a slight catch – Foucault gravitates toward the country side of Americana on his own records, the most recent of which is the 2015 Signature Sounds release “Salt From Wolves.” On this tour, Foucault will preview material from his up-coming album “Blood Brothers,” due out next spring.
While Delmorst and Foucault have collaborated before in the band Redbird with Peter Mulvey, it’s rare for the couple to blend their individual careers to the extent they have on “The Wild” and on this tour.
Drummer Billy Conway and bassist Jeremy Moses Curtis, who will support both Foucault’s and Delmorst’s sets, are in Foucault’s usual touring band and played on “The Wild.” Electric guitarist and pedal steel player Eric Heywood, whose performance and recording credits include significant work with Americana and rock luminaries such as the Pretenders, Son Volt, Ray LaMontagne, Tift Merritt and John Doe, will complete the line-up.
Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault‘s upcoming co-bill shows:
Tuesday, Nov. 7: Arcata Playhouse in Arcata, Calif.
Wednesday, Nov. 8: The Palms Playhouse in Winters, Calif.
Thursday, Nov. 9: The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, Calif.
Friday, Nov. 10: Don Quixote‘s in Felton, Calif.
Saturday, Nov. 11: McCabe‘s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, Calif.
Sunday, Nov. 12: SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Friday, Dec. 1: The Ark in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Saturday, Dec. 2: Seven Steps Up in Spring Lake, Mich.
Sunday, Dec. 3: City Winery Chicago in Chicago, Ill.
Tuesday, Dec. 5: Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Wednesday, Dec. 6: Three Springs Barn in Lancaster, Wis.
Thursday, Dec. 7: Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Friday, Dec. 8: Stoughton Opera House in Stoughton, Wis.
Saturday, Dec. 9: Collectivo Coffee, Milwaukee, Wis.