Alternative, Rock, Folk, Indie
Arkansas’ Adam Faucett (with his band The Tall Grass) plays Westport Saloon Sunday, June 17 in support of his fifth solo release, It Took the Shape of a Bird (Last Chance Records). Colorado’s King Cardinal opens at 9 p.m.
Drawing comparisons from a diverse array of artists like Tim Buckley, Cat Power and Otis Redding, the Arkansas Times named Faucett “one of the greatest, most thoughtful lyricists the state has to offer.” And on It Took the Shape of a Bird he has again pushed the borders of his “part folk, part blues, part elemental rock stomp, part unidentifiable cosmic holler” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette), to craft a record of his most personal, unbodied, and darkly beautiful songs to date. From opening track “King Snake,” Bird wastes no time immersing the listener into a world of murky storytelling fueled by true, though often skewed, accounts, wherein Faucett’s moving, heartrending melodies breathe life into a cast of tragic and historic characters and locales: a World War II-era orphan, Louisiana gris gris girls, a biker’s funeral procession, a friend struggling with faith and addiction, and even the Mackay Bennett—the ship which recovered most of the bodies from the Titanic disaster.
Hailed by The Onion A.V. Club as possessing as voice that “knocks your brain into the back of your skull,” Faucett has been on tour constantly since the release of his solo debut in 2007, sharing the stage with acts like Jason Isbell, The Meat Puppets, Dead Meadow and Richard Buckner, while most recently playing international and national tour support to Chuck Ragan, King Buzzo (Melvins), and Pallbearer.
Hailed by Marquee Magazine for their “excellently crafted Americana” and Westword for their “raw, gut-wrenching emotion,” Denver’s King Cardinal push raw roots rock into lush, sonically daring territory with hints of cosmic country and delicate folk.
www.adamfaucett.com, www.kindcardinal.com, www.westportsaloon.com