Bry Webb Releases Solo Album 'Free Will' Today
In addition to Bry Webb's previously announced forthcoming solo record Free Will, out today, May 20 on Idée Fixe Records, Sub Pop will release a vinyl-only reissue of The Constantines' seminal Shine A Light June 10. Originally released in 2003 and since named one of the top 200 records of the 2000s by Pitchfork and often cited as one of the best Canadian records ever, Shine A Light has been out of print on LP since 2007. In addition to his solo tour, Webb will play several dates with The Constantines this summer.
Stereogum recently premiered Free Will track "Receive Me," saying, "The sound and feel of this music are unmistakable, especially when Webb raises his voice to a weathered howl. If you've been missing him as much as I have, this is straight-up manna." Stream the track here. Additionally, Webb will tour the U.S. this May, joining Chad VanGaalen and Cousins on dates including New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Please see below for full tour routing.
The new record follows 2012's Provider, which American Songwriter called "unpolished, unpretentious and understanding." The album's 12 songs, including the title track and cuts called "Prove Me Wrong" and "Fletcher," are considerations of responsibility, love, work, desire, art and will written with Webb's two-year-old son in mind. First single "A.M. Blues" can be heard here: http://bit.ly/1mVC1jn. An album trailer for Free Will is available here: http://vimeo.com/88224561.
Free Will was recorded at 6 Nassau Studio in Toronto by Webb and friends including Rich Burnett (lap steel, guitar, vocals), Aaron Goldstein (pedal steel), Anna Ruddick (bass, vocals) and Nathan Lawr (drums). Produced by Jeff McMurrich (Jennifer Castle, Owen Pallett, Sandro Perri) and Webb, the album features guest appearances from the likes of singer Jennifer Castle, pianist Thomas Hammerton and experimental hurdy-gurdy player Ben Grossman.
Of Webb, longtime friend and collaborator Feist says, "I saw him play solo at the Rivoli at one of Jason Collett's songwriter circle nights maybe eight years ago...I felt like I was seeing Bruce Springsteen do Nebraska or Jeff Buckley, or Dylan, but of my own time."
Webb, first entered the public eye as lead singer of The Constantines, who recently announced a reunion tour and reissue of their 2003 classic Shine A Light. After the band's hiatus began in 2010, Webb returned to his one time home of Guelph and began work on Provider, released in 2012 by Idée Fixe. Webb's artistic endeavors as a solo artist have also included an original song commissioned for "This American Life" and a collaboration with longtime friend Feist on her album Metals as well as scoring the film This Beautiful City, for which his song "Big Smoke" received a Genie Award nomination. Webb has also worked on scoring the Discovery Channel Series "The National Parks Project" with Jim Guthrie, Sarah Harmer and filmmaker Scott Smith.
BRY WEBB TOUR DATES
with Chad VanGaalen and Cousins
May 14 Cambridge, MA T.T. The Bear's Place
May 15 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House
May 16 Philadelphia, PA Milkboy
May 17 Washington, D.C. Rock and Roll Hotel
May 18 Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox
May 19 Cincinnati, OH MOTR Pub
May 20 Columbus, OH Basement
May 21 Indianapolis, IN Do317 Lounge
May 22 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
THE CONSTANTINES TOUR DATES
June 8 Toronto, ON Field Trip Festival
August 3 Sackville, NB SappyFest
August 22 Peterborough, ON Peterborough Folk Festival
August 23 Ottowa, ON Arboretum Festival