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Alberta Cross Announce New Record Ahead of Upcoming Tour

Alberta Cross played an unannounced tune-up show last night at the 11th Street Bar in the East Village. The short set included numerous new songs, and a guest appearance by icon Lenny Kaye. The Brooklyn-based band will begin touring next week in support of its forthcoming self-titled record, due out October 16th.from Dine Alone Records. The tour, which begins September 9th in New Orleans, will primarily cover the east coast, though the show we’re excited for is the band’s September 14th engagement at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

For the curious, the self-titled record’s first single, “Ghost of Santa Fe” is available on numerous venues online. “Alberta Cross” will be the third LP in the band’s catalogue that also includes an EP. It’s very Alberta Cross, though I imagine the band would really have to try to sound like something else – Swedish-born front man, Petter Ericson Stakee is one of the more distinctive singers I’ve ever heard on record or seen live. His voice is uplifting, even if the songs do not always agree. The band are fine musicians, and I’m soft for horns, and pedal steel, so this is right up my alley. Here’s my two cents: as a longtime Alberta Cross fan, and as a sucker for what I like to call new-Americana and all it’s lovely folk instruments, the record will be worth your time and the show will be worth your money.

Touring along with Alberta Cross are Heartless Bastards, another quality offering from the new-Americana of late, and, go figure, another favorite of mine. This is an apt pairing, not to be missed. More news coming soon in “Foreword / Afterword.”

David Burke

Foreword / Afterword

September 2, 2015


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