Peter Mulvey Reminisces Life on the Road with Wistful New Song FOOL'S ERRAND, New Album Out 2/15
Folk ambassasdor Peter Mulvey has been a singer, songwriter, road-dog, raconteur, and an almost-poet since before he can remember. With a career spanning nearly three decades, eighteen albums, and countless live performances worldwide, Mulvey has built his life's work on collaboration and on an instinct for the eclectic and the vital. On February 15th, he'll release his most vivid album yet titled There Is Another World via Righteous Babe Records. Today he released his new song "Fool's Errand," a warm, wistful, up-tempo reminiscense of life summed up over driving, strummed guitar and soaring pedal steel.
Listen to "Fool's Errand" HERE.
"'Fool's Errand' is my whole life summed up in a fleeting moment," Mulvey told Parade Magazine who featured the track this morning. "I wrote it over coffee in Amsterdam, in the middle of a tour. This road life, this troubador roaming, was always the only thing I ever wanted to do with my life. And now I'm in it, on the path, I'm a pebble flung out over the lake, lucky enough to have met my peers, to travel along with them. It goes on forever and it goes by in a flash. Fool's errand. Lucky fool. Happy fool."
Early in 2017, a series of upheavals found Mulvey living through the winter in a friend's empty house in the small midwestern town of Fort Atkinson. Unmoored and lost in the middle of his life, he spent hours each day walking along the frozen marsh of the Bark River and through the wintry oak savannah nearby. The songs came in fast and strange and emotional, which Mulvey transcribed during the night at a table in the vacant house. These songs became his new album, a powerful dreamscape of imagistic, haiku-like auditory sketches, within which are plenty of wrenching, haunting, and even sweet songs.
Produced by Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Anais Mitchell, Andrew Bird), the thirteen track effort amounts to a remarkable, brief, potent stab. Alienation, loss, and heartbreak; all are rendered lucid, even beautiful, in the bright-dark sideways light of deep winter. It is also a story of renewal, through close attention and a determined stillness, a piercing gaze toward detail and an opening toward simple acceptance of what is.
Also out now is the album's lead track "The Fox," a hypnotic pulse of altered guitar within a swirl of sounds: wineglass rims, the long breaths and clatter of a bass clarinet, and icy accordion tones underneath Mulvey's gravel baritone vocals. Of the song, Folk Alley stated, "Usually, Peter Mulvey is a comfort; his guitar style, his voice, his wry smile when he delivers his clever, heart-filled lyrics. ['The Fox'] sounds urgent, not comfortable."
01) The Fox
02) Who's Gonna Love You Now
03) When I Was in Monaghan
04) Fool's Errand
05) False Indigo
06) Beckett Was A Bird Of Prey
07) Strayaway Child
08) To Your Joy
09) Nickel & Dime
10) Henry's Only Daughter
11) All Saints Day
12) The Cardinal
01/25-01/26 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Ann Arbor Folk Festival
02/01 - Syracuse, NY @ King of Clubs
02/13-02/16 - Montreal, QC @ Folk Alliance International
02/27 - Seattle, WA @ Ballard Homestead
02/28 - Portland, OR @ The Old Church
03/01 - San Francisco, CA @ The Lost Church
03/02 - San Francisco, CA @ The Lost Church
03/06 - Santa Ynez, CA @ Tales from the Tavern
03/08 - Santa Monica, CA @ McCabe's Guitar Shop
03/09 - Phoenix, AZ @ Roastery at Cave Creek
03/10 - San Diego, CA @ LeStat's Coffee House
03/21 - New London, NH @ Flying Goose
03/22 - New York, NY @ The Loft at City Winery
03/23 - Middleboro, MA @ Studio 84 House Concerts
03/24 - Pomfret, CT @ Vanilla Bean
03/27 - Vienna VA @ Jammin Java
03/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Locks at Sona
03/31 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
04/05 - Evanston, IL @ SPACE
04/06 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
04/07 - Traverse City, MI @ Sleder's Family Tavern
04/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo
04/25 - Akron, OH @ The Rialto Theatre
04/26 - Dayton, OH @ Yellow Cab Tavern
04/27 - Princeton, IL @ The Princeton Coffeehouse
05/02 - Nashville, TN @ City Winery Lounge
05/03 - Decatur, GA @ Eddie's Attic