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Wilco - Cruel Country Tour Comes to Washington Pavilion, September 12

Wilco - Cruel Country Tour Comes to Washington Pavilion, September 12

Today, Wilco announce their new album, "Cruel Country", out May 27th via dBpm Records and present their new single, "Falling Apart (Right Now)." "Cruel Country", a substantial two-disc exploratory work, arrives the same weekend at the band's beloved Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Mass., where they will perform the album for the first time.

Early on, coming out of Uncle Tupelo, there was the idea that Wilco was a country band, or at least an alternative country band. And there's evidence to support that- "there have been elements of country music in everything we've ever done," Jeff Tweedy said. "We've never been particularly comfortable with accepting that definition, the idea that I was making country music. But now, having been around the block a few times, we're finding it exhilarating to free ourselves within the form, and embrace the simple limitation of calling the music we're making country."

"Cruel Country" is almost entirely composed of live takes, with just a few overdubs. Everyone - Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche, Mikael Jorgensen, Pat Sansone and Nels Cline - was in the room, playing together at The Loft in Chicago, unseparated by baffles. It's a totally different way of making records that Wilco hasn't used in years-maybe not since "Sky Blue Sky". "Cruel Country" is an album that doesn't shy away from troubles, and there's no denying that we're still living in a very troubled time.

"More than any other genre, country music, to me, a white kid from middle-class middle America, has always been the ideal place to comment on what most troubles my mind-which for more than a little while now has been the country where I was born, these United States," Tweedy said. "And because it is the country I love, and because it's country music that I love, I feel a responsibility to investigate their mirrored problematic natures. I believe it's important to challenge our affections for things that are flawed.

"Country music is simply designed to aim squarely at the low-hanging fruit of the truth. If someone can sing it, and it's given a voice... well, then it becomes very hard not to see. We're looking at it. It's a cruel country, and it's also beautiful. Love it or leave it. Or if you can't love it, maybe you've already left."

Great tickets are available at or by calling (605) 367-6000 or in person at the Washington Pavilion Box Office (Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. ; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Event link:

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