SHOWS WITH BONNIE RAITT

on August 1st, I play the first of three dates opening for Bonnie Raitt. I haven't played with Bonnie in a few years and I couldn't be looking more forward. She remains, simply, one of the greatest singers in the world. To the right is list of where we're playing in case any of you are near.

See tour dates!


"FLEUR DE LIS" MAKES WILCO'S LIST OF FAVORITE NEW RECORDS

I am honored (and surprised!) to see "Fleur De Lis" included on Wilco's list of favorite new records. It's a generous gesture Wilco has made to independent artists. They offer a free download of their new record, "Star Wars" and encourage their fans to instead purchase the music of other bands and artists they love. Thrilled to see "Invisible Familiars" on this list as well.

Check it out here!


BAR LUNĄTICO

Bar LunÀtico is the new bar and performance space I have opened with Rosita Kèss and Arthur Kell. We're having a blast. So is Floyd!

Check it out here!

NEW MUSIC VIDEO!

And now…for a song about death…

Above is a music video I just shot down in the Big Easy for my song “Die In New Orleans,” which is on my upcoming release, “Fleur De Lis.” We filmed it mostly in the St. Louis Cemetery one afternoon back in October just as I got off tour with Norah Jones. How Rick Kaplan got the permission to film in the cemetery I’ll never know, but then such are the mysteries of guardian angels which Rick has totally proven to be.

I didn’t know Rick at all when I began this process of raising money to make the record. First came his donation. And then a note asking of I was interested in him documenting the proceedings. After some initial trepidation, we finally got together and he has proven to be one of the most talented artists I have ever had the pleasure of working with. What a director!

His wife Danielle, an exceptional photographer, also contributed photos for the CD package and the two of them have instilled me with a certain faith in the modern age of independent record making.

Anyway, I don’t want to build it up any more than that. I just hope you dig the video as much as I do. We had such fun making it.

NEW RECORD IN THE WORKS!
The working title is “Fleur de Lis” and will include 11 songs I’ve written while residing in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans since October of 2010. It has been a transformative experience for me down here in the gulf and I’m looking forward to the chance to expressing some of that in the music.

Brad Jones, who produced my albums “Slow New York,” “Good Life,” & “Smash Palace” will return to the helm, and the record will feature some really special New Orleans musicians including Johnny Vidacovich (Professor Longhair, James Booker, Astral Project) and Terrence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band) on drums as well as Jon Cleary (Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal) on keys and guitar.

Oh and….

There Will Be Horns! This is New Orleans!!!

Like a growing number of artists, I’m looking to my fans, rather than a record company, to help produce this record.

By simply pre-ordering the CD, you can get the album before anyone else (oh yes!) — AND you’ll be helping me fund it – so thank you!!

If you want to play a bigger part in helping to create “Fleur De Lis”
you can read more about it here.


NEW LITTLE WILLIES RECORD

The Little Willies have released a new record entitled 'For the Good Times'. For those of you who missed our first album, The Little Willies is a NYC-country-side-project featuring myself, Norah Jones, Jim Campilongo, Lee Alexander, & Dan Rieser. (Our unfortunate name was based on our initial (and aborted) concept to only play songs by Willie Nelson.)

Anyway, we've recorded a new one and you can order it here Really fun to be playing with these guys again.


GROOVEABLE FEAST!

Check out my web-ivision series, “Grooveable Feast.” Music. Food. Conversation. With independent musicians and bands. Various web-isodes feature a diverse range of artists including Suzanne Vega, Josh Ritter, Jim Campilongo, Jesse Harris, Somi, Hoots and Hellmouth, Amy Correia, and Dirtfoot.

Check it out HERE!


T-SHIRT & CD BUNDLE

An autographed copy of Girls Need Attention makes a great gift! And a Girls Need Attention t-shirt makes that gift all the sweeter!

Visit the website store to take advantage of our package deal.

THE LITTLE WILLIES ON NEW NORAH JONES RELEASE

Also, my beloved side-project, The Little Willies is featured on the new Norah Jones compilation CD.

Watch a video vignette about The Little Willies song "Love Me."

NEW RECORD: GIRLS NEED ATTENTION OUT NOW!


I am thrilled to announce that my new record, Girls Need Attention, is out now on Compass Records! The record was produced by Lee Alexander and features my long-standing

NEW SHIRTS
quartet (Tim Luntzel (b), Dan Rieser (d) & Dred Scott (p)) augmented with appearances by Nels Cline (gtr), Jolie Holland (box fiddle), Sasha Dobson (vocals), Steve Elliot (gtr), Marcus Rojas (tuba), Louis Schwadron (french horn) & Doug Wieselman (bass clarinet). Stay tuned for details. - Richard

SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO with...
Richard recorded a short solo performance for "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." a new series which airs on the Sundance Channel in the US, CTV in Canada, and Channel 4 in the UK. Conceived to provide a forum for in-depth discussion and performance with the most interesting and influential artists and personalities of our time, the show fuses the best of talk and music television. Also appearing on the same episode is James Taylor! Richard is in good company with other artists appearing on the series including Elton John, The Police, Norah Jones, and many others. The show initially aired on December 24th... Christmas Eve! Look out for reruns of the show on your local channel!

QUOTES

"One of the best songwriters and record makers I've heard in a very long time."- Randy Newman

"Richard just knocks me out. Some of the coolest, smartest and original music I've heard in years." - Bonnie Raitt

"My favorite collection of songs by one of my favorite songwriters." - Norah Jones