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Pokey La Farge On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Pokey LaFarge will releaseSomething in the Water,his Rounder debut.The dozen-song set, produced by Jimmy Sutton (best known for his work with JD McPherson), marks a new landmark in a career thats already filled with musical highlights. The St. Louis-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist draws from a deep well of American musical traditions to create distinctively personal music thats timeless rather than retro, transcending the confines of genre in a manner that reflects the artists openhearted attitude.Incorporating elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues, Western swing, and beyond, LaFarge has created a vibrant, deeply expressive body of work that embodies an expansive musical vision and vivid storytelling sensibility that are wholly his own. Hes also earned a reputation as a tireless, uniquely charismatic live performer, winning a loyal international fan base that regularly packs his rousing, celebratory live shows.Something in the Waterfeatures a diverse cast of talented players, including his own longstanding touring combo as well as members of such notable outfits as NRBQ, the Fat Babies, the Modern Sounds, and the Western Elstons.Something in the Waterfinds LaFarge doubling down on his established creative strengths, expanding and deepening his musical reach on such new originals as the wry, rollicking title track, the swaggering ragtime workout Wanna Be Your Man, the infectiously jazzy Underground, the evocative crooner Cairo, Illinois, the exotic ballad Barcelona and the swinging album-closer Knocking the Dust off the Rust Belt Tonight, whose witty lyrics underline the albums proudly Midwestern sensibility. Also featured are fresh, buoyant takes on popular blues standards When Did You Leave Heaven and All Night Long.The Midwest is at the heart of this record, LaFarge asserts. The people playing on these songs are from Wisconsin and Illinois and Chicago and St. Louis, and theres a certain attitude that comes across in the songs and the way that theyre performed. Im born and raised in the Midwest, and my familys been here for generations. This is where Im from and how I think, and thats reflected in the music I make.Americans love to reinvent themselves, but you can never really get away from the place that you come from, he continues. And in a globalized world, I think that there are some parts of our regional identity that we should hang onto and cherish. I do buy into that old idea of the Midwestern work ethic, and its definitely something thats been passed down through my family and something that I feel connected to, and it influences the way I approach making music.Save
Sounds Like: Jack White, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Leon Redbone, Blind Blake, Jimmie Rodgers
Label: Free Dirt Records/Third Man Records/Continental Record Services, Heyday Media Group, LLC
Bio: Pokey LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist, whose arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music. Over the last decade, Pokey has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ...See Full Bio
: Netherlands: Pokey & the band are in town soon! Shows in Zwolle, Rotterdam, Groningen, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Nijmegen http://t.co/FmMIuzTrbB
"Pokey LaFarge has taken his penchant for all things vintage and crafted it into an aural anachronism of country, Western swing, ragtime, jazz, bluegrass and Americana in a way that shies away from these technology-obsessed times and brings the nostalgia to Technicolor-life, all the while pushing the boundaries of tradition."