Against all odds, after finally having a Graham Parker tour date within driving distance for the first time since 2001, we trekked to Atlanta to enjoy a great Graham Parker solo set at the City Winery there. On the trip back home from the Atlanta gig, I made sure to buy the new Graham Parker single, “Dreamin'” on iTunes so we could hear it in the car. It sounded like a lazy summer song if ever there were one. I saw that he was now signed to 100% Records, the label I know as OMD’s, and that his new album “Cloud Signals” would be issued later last year. Well, it happened in late September when I was gearing up for another trip to Atlanta. I recently thought to check out the artists website for news and great googley moogley, he’s mounting a US tour that actually comes to Asheville for the first time since 2001, where my wife and I saw him with The Figgs shortly after moving here.
I let my wife know the good news and she quickly responded “Yay! When can we get tickets????????????????????????????????????” [all question marks quoted verbatim] We were thrilled to see that his manager is definitely working posher venues than the admittedly skanky Stella Blue club we saw him in back then. All of that time spent trawling the City Winery chain circuit must be paying off! This time he’s in the Diana Wortham Theatre in town; a wonderful venue that holds about 500 in a pleasing environment with no “rock cooties®” in sight. Will he venture into your realm? Check it out below:
Graham Parker | “Cloud Symbols” USA Tour | 2019
05 | Sofia Center For The Arts | Sacramento, CA
06 | Freight And Salvage | Berkeley, CA
07 | Hopmonk Tavern Novato | Novato, CA
18 | City Winery | Chicago, IL
20 | Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza & Live Music | Columbus, OH
24 | City Winery | Nashville, TN
25 | City Winery | Atlanta, GA
27 | Neighborhood Theatre | Charlotte, NC
28 | Diana Wortham Theatre | Asheville, NC
01 | Tin Pan | Richmond, VA
02 | City Winery | Washington D.C.
03 | Rams Head Onstage | Annapolis, MD
04 | Sellersville Theater | Sellersville, PA
07 | City Winery | New York, NY
09 | The Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich, RI
11 | City Winery | Boston, MA
15 | South Orange Performing Arts Center | South Orange, NJ
16 | Iron Horse | Northampton, MA
17 | Towne Crier | Beacon, NY
18 | My Father’s Place | The Roslyn Hotel, Roslyn, NY
As we can see, he’s at all six City Wineries. I should buy his new album “Cloud Symbols” before hand even as we usually opt for the merch table. If the “Dreamin'” single was anything to judge from, why should we wait any longer to hear his latest work? Tickets on our end have not even been announced by the venue, but I expect it to happen soon. I just can’t believe that one of my favorite artists is touching down in our sleepy hamlet for a change. Check this space 14 weeks from now for the review.
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How delightful! Sadly he is coming nowhere near me and I don’t see any intersections to already-planned travel, nor is he hitting Florida (which might hit back, so’s probably wise on that front). Taking a sample run through Cloud Symbols on iTunes reveals a pleasant but mellower Parker than I remember, but still with some spit to spare and a tight band behind him. Maybe too much mid-tempo for me, but good tunes and sharp lyrics save the day.
chasinvictoria – I only have the pre-release single “Dreamin'” which was almost like a Jone Lewie/Professor Longhair N’Awlin’s jazz march. When we got it after his last concert my wife remarked “I could really listen to this!”