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Ben Caplan - new LP (Nov 6) + extensive North American tour

posted Oct 4, 2015, 2:11 PM by Vu Nguyen
After several years of nonstop touring—having played more than 1,000 live shows since the release of his last album—acclaimed Canadian artist Ben Caplan is set to release Birds With Broken Wings in the U.S. on November 6, the long-anticipated follow-up to his 2011 debut LP, In the Time of the Great Remembering. The title track is out now as the first single and a lyric video for the track “40 Days & 40 Nights” is also available to stream. Both tracks are also available for immediate download with album pre-order at iTunes. In celebration of the release, Caplan will embark on an extensive North American tour, with U.S. dates beginning September 21–22 with two shows in New York City and stopping in other major markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., Nashville, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia and many more. See below for full tour itinerary.
 
“I think that a new album was probably due years ago,” admits Caplan. “But whether or not I would have been able to pull it off the way I wanted to, that I don't know. I wanted to take my time and honor the process. There was a lot to learn. I wanted to make an album that was complex but with space for anyone to find their way into it. I wanted to collaborate with people who inspire me and find space for unexpected things. It takes time.”

Produced by Montreal rapper/hip-hop/klezmer artist Josh “Socalled” Dolgin and mixed by Renauld Letang (Feist, Manu Chau), Birds With Broken Wings features some 35 guest musicians and collaborators on 12 tracks recorded over the course of three intense and productive weeks of 10-hour days in the studio. “With this record I wanted to try to work with all of the dream situations and dream people,” Caplan says. “I wanted to explore the things I could never possibly pull off live, but are exciting possibilities in the studio.”

While quite different in its production from In the Time of the Great Remembering, the ultimate focus of Birds With Broken Wings remains steadfastly on Caplan’s vocals, songwriting and storytelling, which have already won him several Canadian awards—including Nova Scotia’s 2012 Entertainer of the Year and the East Coast Music Award for Rising Star Recording of the Year for 2013. He has shared stages with acts ranging from Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors to The Staves and Blondie, and played major festivals around the world including the U.K.’s Glastonbury in 2013.

BEN CAPLAN & THE CASUAL SMOKERS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

October 4 /// The Aeolian Hall /// London, ON
October 6 /// Majestic Theatre /// Detroit, MI
October 7 /// Beachland Tavern /// Cleveland, OH
October 8 /// Woodlands Tavern /// Columbus, OH
October 9 /// The Southgate House Revival /// Newport, KY
October 10 /// Schubas /// Chicago, IL
October 11 /// Shank Hall /// Milwaukee, WI
October 12 /// Turf Club /// St. Paul, MN
October 13 /// Empire Arts Center /// Grand Forks, ND
October 14 /// CK’s Lounge /// Winkler, MB
October 15 /// The Good Will Social Club /// Winnipeg, MB
October 16 /// Amigos Cantina /// Saskatoon, SK
October 17 /// The Brixx Bar & Grill /// Edmonton, AB
October 18 /// Fratters /// Red Deer, AB
October 20 /// The Gateway at SAIT /// Calgary, AB
October 22 /// The Last Drop /// Revelstoke, BC
October 23 /// Hume Hotel | Spirit Bar /// Nelson, BC
October 24 /// Streaming Cafe /// Kelowna, BC
October 26 /// The Biltmore Cabaret /// Vancouver, BC
October 28 /// Lucky Bar /// Victoria, BC
October 29 /// Conor Byrne Pub /// Seattle, WA
October 30 /// Alberta Rose Theater /// Portland, OR
October 31 /// Wildwood Hotel /// Willamina, OR
November 1 /// The Chapel /// San Francisco, CA
November 3 /// Soda Bar /// San Diego, CA
November 4 /// No Vacancy /// Los Angeles, CA
November 5 /// The Rebel Lounge /// Phoenix, AZ
November 6 /// The Lowbrow Palace /// El Paso, TX
November 7 /// Double Wide /// Dallas, TX
November 10 /// City Winery /// Nashville, TN
November 11 /// Visulite /// Charlotte, NC
November 12 /// Black Cat /// Washington, DC
November 13 /// Milkboy /// Philadelphia, PA
November 14 /// One Longfellow Square /// Portland, ME
November 20–21 /// Rebecca Cohn Auditorium (w/ Symphony Nova Scotia) /// Halifax, NS
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