Wesley Stace Releases Self-Titled LP Today
Twenty-five years after the release of his debut album, celebrated author, NPR personality and singer/songwriter Wesley Stace, formerly known by his stage name John Wesley Harding, returns with Self-Titled, his first ever record under his given name, today, September 17 on Yep Roc Records.
Stace chose not to use his well-established stage name for Self-Titled due to the considerably more personal nature of the new songs. Self-Titled features two songs, "When I Knew" and "Stare At The Sun," co-written with the Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger. Both tracks appear in alternate versions on Personal Record, Friedberger's critically acclaimed new record co-written with Stace.
Along with the new record, Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders, the ongoing variety show that draws together collaborators from the worlds of music, literature and comedy all hand-picked by Stace, is set for its second season of exclusive radio distribution by NPR. Recorded live at NYC's City Winery and airing in six one-hour episodes beginning this summer, the Cabinet of Wonders will also travel to The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA on May 30 for a special live show.
In addition to his storied recording career, Stace is also the author of three novels (including the international bestseller Misfortune), teaches a course called "How to Write a Song" at Princeton University with poet Paul Muldoon and is artist-in-residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he has also taught creative writing. He and his work have recently been the subject of a course at Central Connecticut State University titled "The Allusive John Wesley Harding." Stace is also currently contributing to The New York Times' Measure For Measure blog at http://nyti.ms/11zz0UY. His most recent novel, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, was published to rave reviews from The New Yorker, The New York Times and the Huffington Post, among many others. The Los Angeles Times hailed the book as "carefully plotted and brilliantly executed," while the Wall Street Journal called it "dazzling." His fourth novel, Wonderkid, is due in March, 2014 from Overlook Press.
Since his critically acclaimed 1988 debut It Happened One Night John Wesley Harding has recorded 19 records for both major (Sire, Hollywood) and independent (Mammoth, Rhino, Appleseed, Yep Roc) labels alike.
WESLEY STACE, SELF-TITLED
1. The Dealer's Daughter
2. When I Knew
3. Goodbye Jane
4. Letting Go
5. We Will Always Have New York
6. A Canterbury Kiss
8. Stare at the Sun
9. Only Thing Missing
10. Ride Your Camel
11. Wrong for the Part
12. Pieces of the Past
14. The Wrong Tree
15. The Bedroom You Grew Up In
16. The Woman