AUDIO: Vandaveer Offers 'Omie Wise' Download; Extends Summer Tour
Vandaveer has extended its summer tour through June 23rd and is offering a free download of its single, "Omie Wise." Get a first listen to the track below!
VANDAVEER 2013 TOUR DATES:
6/4 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
6/5 Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar
6/6 Colorado Springs, CO @ Fuel/Friends House Concert
6/7 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre w/ They Might Be Giants
6/8 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot w/ They Might Be Giants
6/9 Boise, ID @ The Egyptian Theatre w/ They Might Be Giants
6/11 Bozeman, MT @ Live From The Divide
6/12 Sioux Falls, SD @ Old Skoolz
6/13 Minneapolis, MN @ Nether Bar
6/14 Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
6/15 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
6/16 Chicago, IL @ Township
6/18 Pontiac, MI @ Vernor's Room at Crofoot
6/19 Maumee, OH @ The Village Idiot
6/22 Arlington, VA @ IOTA Club & Cafe
6/23 Washington, DC@ Smithsonian Luce Unplugged Series at Luce Foundation Center
6/23 Arlington, VA @ Stone Room House Concerts
The macabre has long held uneasy sway over the human condition. From ghost stories to creation myths, from CSI to Shakespeare, from cable news voyeurism to Edgar Allan Poe, the subjects of death, murder and all things ghastly have fascinated and frightened for centuries. Songs are no exception. From Old World roots to more recent incarnations in America, the murder ballad has traversed, shapeshifted and persevered. Despite our collective desire to be good and virtuous, people do very bad things. And then we sing about them.
Death, murder and ghosts have long been underlying threads coursing through Vandaveer's original songs, but instead of weaving their own shadowy tales into their latest studio effort, Oh, Willie, Please..., the DC-by-way-of-Kentucky alt-folk collective have tapped into the wellspring of traditional folk's darker side.
Oh, Willie, Please... finds the group operating in a more collaborative spirit. In addition to the core duo of Mark Charles Heidinger and Rose Guerin, the talents of J. Tom Hnatow (These United States, The Mynabirds) and Phillips Saylor (Stripmall Ballads, The Shiftless Rounders) helped expand the project into a formidable ensemble, armed with steel string, resonator and pedal steel guitars, banjos and pianos, voices galore, and a common belief in the quality and relevance of the word 'folk.'
Inspired by their recent participation in The 78 Project, the group gathered in a majestic old home on a picturesque horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky in the spring of 2012 and set to work re-imagining a collection of age-old murder ballads & songs of self ruin plucked almost entirely from the public domain. With longtime producer Duane Lundy once again at the helm, Vandaveer moved swiftly through the selected catalog, recording most of the tracks live in the manor's great room. The result is a spacious, honest album that balances reverence and respect for the source material with a healthy coat of contemporary color.
Vandaveer's Oh, Willie, Please... is now available on CD, limited edition vinyl and digital formats, courtesy of Quack!Media.