Joseph Arthur Celebrates Albums Release at The Bowery BallroomJune 12th, 2013
For more than 15 years, singer-songwriter (and visual artist) Joseph Arthur has won over fans with his extensive catalog of critically acclaimed recorded material and a heavy touring schedule. Notably, one of the first people he won over was Peter Gabriel, who signed Arthur to his Real World label in the mid-’90s, giving him a wider public platform as he began opening for the likes of Ben Harper and Gomez. That exposure worked as fans took to Arthur’s one-man live performances filled with plenty of looping and distortion techniques. (Plus, fans could take home a soundboard recording of each show.) Arthur (above, doing “Almost Blue” in studio for KEXP FM) just released the “psychedelic soul” record The Ballad of Boogie Christ (stream it below), which features a diverse cast of guest performers, including Harper, Garth Hudson and Juliette Lewis. American Songwriter says it “weaves beautiful narratives in and out of folksy numbers and rock songs, adding a layered palette of horn solos and soulful back-up singer,” and Arthur celebrates the album’s release tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom.