Pokey LaFarge’s Manic Revelations Out Now on Rounder Records and National Tour Dates
EXTENSIVE SUMMER TOUR CONFIRMED
Manic Revelations is receiving widespread acclaim:
“Here’s one retro-rocker who lives in the present. Pokey LaFarge sings like an old rockabilly shouter, and his backup on this song includes old-fashioned soul horns. But listen to the lyrics, which are about a race riot after a police shooting, trying to understand what happened and is happening. It’s like an explanation of now, delivered in an ancient language.”—The New York Times
“The gleeful insouciance of LaFarge’s music is darn near impossible to resist.” —Los Angeles Times
“Modern troubadour Pokey LaFarge has an old-time band, out-of-time sounds and themes both ageless and current on Manic Revelations.”—Associated Press
“Unfaltering rhythm, optimistic gospel-pop melody and bright pops of brass contrast with his pointed observations about race relations and police violence in America.”—Rolling Stone
“…he presents this pensive but powerful weapon of a song in the form of a lively music video…Watch the video, then continue soaking up the words of LaFarge, who turned this flashpoint in American history into an earnest message of social consciousness that should make more than a few audiences stand up and cheer.”—HuffPost
“For Manic Revelations, he’s taking his sound in slightly more modern directions. The recording is more polished, and the songs are fleshed out by a bold horn section that sooner recalls soul music (or the E Street Band) than old timey folk.”—Brooklyn Vegan
“Each chord, each riff shades the stories he sets up in his lyrics, always in search of the purest truth within the 10 forlorn, haunting melodies on Manic Revelations. A musician, a storyteller, a narrator of the messy, unkempt American experience… Pokey LaFarge sits, he watches, he writes. Everything that’s worth happening happens in his songs.”—KCMP’s The Current
“The band’s performances sound so infectious in fact, one gets the sense that Pokey has the poise and personality to give someone like Bruno Mars a good run for his money.”—Paste Magazine
“an album of careful reinvention and gradual evolution”—American Songwriter
“The track is just the sort of refreshing breeze we could all use in these harsh days, blowing in on shambling guitars and sighing horns.”—Consequence of Sound
“Manic Revelations is LaFarge’s finest album to date, moving the songwriter’s sound into a new, surprising, R&B territory.”—Riverfront Times
In celebration of the release, LaFarge and his longtime band will embark on an extensive summer tour with special guests Lillie Mae and Kelsey Waldon. Performances include a special album release show at St. Louis’ The Pageant this Saturday, May 20 as well as stops at Chicago’s Metro, Nashville’s Mercy Lounge, New York’s Bowery Ballroom and Rough Trade and Philadelphia’s World Café Live. See below for complete details.
Recorded in LaFarge’s hometown of St. Louis, Manic Revelations features 10 new original songs and was produced by the Southside Collective—LaFarge, Joey Glynn (bass), Ryan Koenig (harmonica, guitjo, electric guitar), Adam Hoskins (electric guitar), Matt Meyer (drums, percussion), Luc Klein (trumpet, euphonium, piano, glockenspiel), Alec Spiegelman (saxophone, piano, tubax, organ, clarinet, flute), David Beeman (tambourine, stylophone, guitar, organ)—along with additional production by Tony Hoffer.
“The manic revelation is the state where artists create,” says LaFarge. “I got to the point in writing these songs where I felt like a house on fire that just kept burning.” He continues, “This album is about confronting yourself. It’s about confronting your city, its relation with the world, and all its people.”
Since his debut in 2006, LaFarge has released seven studio albums, including his most recent, 2015’s Something In The Water. Of the album, American Songwriter proclaimed, “immensely enjoyable…the sheer joy of these performances is contagious,” while The Guardian described it as, “…a spirited attempt to keep American roots music—country blues, early jazz, ragtime and western swing alive.” Additionally, surrounding the album’s release, LaFarge was featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Listen to the full interview with Terry Gross here.
MANIC REVELATIONS TRACK LIST
POKEY LAFARGE CONFIRMED TOUR DATES