While they are taking a break from the road right now, Wilco is reportedly working on a new album to be released later this year. Maybe we’ll get a preview of it when they return to the stage starting on March 24th at the West Coast Blues ‘N’ Roots Festival in Fremantle, WA, as they’ve been well known to play new songs well in advance of their next release.
The day-by-day lineups of Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival have been announced (set times coming soon) and single day tickets are now available. Lineup details can be found at the official Solid Sound Festival website.
Check out front-man Jeff Tweedy discussing The Full Picture of the Solid Sound Festival in this new video available on YouTube.
Along with working on Wilco’s next release these days, Tweedy is putting the finishing touches on a second album with gospel soul legend Mavis Staples. Tweedy took on the producer duties again for the yet-to-be-titled album, and probably contributed a song or two like he did on their first collaboration together, 2010’s You Are Not Alone.
Staples will join Wilco on tour as a “very special guest” at two Town Halls in Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand, on April 5th and 6th.
Mavis Staples’ sister, Cleotha Staples, founding member of the Staples Singers, died last week at her home in Chicago at the age of 78. Wilco HQ posted a link on Facebook to the Chicago Tribunes’ obituary (written by music critic, Sound Opinions host, and Wilco biographer Greg Kot) and posted “Our condolences to the Staples family.”
Another project that Tweedy produced, Low’s The Invisible Way, in due out March 19 on Sub Pop. You can listen to a track from it, “So Blue,” here at Spin.com.
On his brief tour, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche recently played in my neck of the woods, the Triangle area in N.C., with his band On Fillmore and folk rock trio Megafaun at Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University in Durham on February 22nd.
To promote the performance, Kotche did interviews with Raleigh News & Observer music critic David Menconi, and Grayson Currin of Independent Weekly which you can read if you click on their names.
In other Wilco members’ side project news, bassist John Stirratt and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone’s band The Autumn Defense is working on their sixth album (also yet-to-be-titled). You can watch a New Record Promo for it here.
Wilco guitarist Nels Cline has lately been keeping busy doing gigs here and there. His next is an improve duo with Greg Saunier at Shapeshifter Lab, in New York on March 15th. Click here for ticket info.
Cline also performs on the recently released Ben Goldberg album, Unfold Ordinary Mind, which you can find on Amazon and iTunes.
Earlier this month, Tweedy appeared on “The Interview Show” hosted by Mark Bazer, taped at the Hideout in Chicago. The 23 minute interview is a good watch, featuring discussion of the front-man’s love of TV crime shows, bad nights that have followed him around his entire career, how albums leak, and how the first song on an album colors critics’ perception of the whole platter.
At the end of the segment Tweedy played a heartfelt acoustic cover of Washington Phillips’ “What are They Doing in Heaven Today?,” which looks to be a track on his upcoming album with Mavis Staples.
I’ll leave you now with Bob Seger performing a cover of the Wilco/Woody Guthrie classic “California Stars” at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio last night.
R.I.P. Cleotha Staples.
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