We will be playing some shows in Ontario and Manitoba together this month, accompanied by our friends Jason Tait (drums) and Alex McMaster (cello).
My pal Craig Finn and I covered a tune by the great Gillian Welch, which is on this very excellent and timely comp. All proceeds support RAICES (Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services). They provide free and low-cost legal services to under-served immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas.
I have a split 7-inch with the kind and talented Kevin Devine coming out on November 30th, which you can order here. I cover one of my favourite Christine songs, Saturday Night on Utopia Parkway.
John will be heading to Ontario and Quebec and Michigan to play some house concerts in October. Dates and Ticket Links here.
If you are attending one of these shows and would like to request a song, please feel free to send John a postcard:
John K. Samson
PO Box 83
971 Corydon Avenue
Hello and happy spring.
I’m excited to be heading out on my first house concert tour, with the assistance of Side Door Access, in Saskatchewan and Manitoba in June. Dates and ticket links here.
If you are attending one of these shows and would like to request a song, please feel free to send me a postcard:
John K. Samson
PO Box 83
971 Corydon Avenue
“Prayer for Ruby Elm”
Today, John K. Samson releases the original May We Grow film version of “Prayer for Ruby Elm.” He will also embark on a US tour starting October 13 in Florida supporting Craig Finn & The Controllers.
The artwork for this track was inspired by John’s hometown, Winnipeg, which has the largest population of elm trees in North America. Winnipeg battles the dreaded Dutch elm disease by locating trees that are already infected, spray-painting them with an orange dot, and then sending crews out to cut them down in the hope that the disease won’t spread to other trees.
In 2013 director Erika MacPherson asked John to write a song for her film May We Grow, about interconnectedness, life and death, and the global forest, told through one of those condemned elm trees in front of her house in Winnipeg. John wrote “Prayer for Ruby Elm,” which later appeared on his 2016 solo album Winter Wheat.
“Prayer for Ruby Elm” DJ Co-op Remix
Fall Tour w/ Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers
10/13/17 — High Dive — Gainesville, FL — TICKETS
10/14/17 — City Winery — Atlanta, GA — TICKETS
10/15/17 — City Winery — Nashville, TN — TICKETS
10/16/17 — The Ready Room — St. Louis, MO — TICKETS
10/17/17 — recordBar — Kansas City, MO — TICKETS
10/18/17 — Turf Club — St. Paul, MN — TICKETS
10/20/17 — Triple Rock Social Club — Minneapolis, MN — TICKETS
10/22/17 — Cactus Club — Milwaukee, WI — TICKETS
10/23/17 — City Winery — Chicago, IL — TICKETS
10/24/17 — The Shelter — Detroit, MI — TICKETS
10/25/17 — Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto — ON, Canada — TICKETS
10/27/17 — The Leopard Lounge at Town Ballroom — Buffalo, NY — TICKETS
10/28/17 — Milkboy Philly — Philadelphia, PA — TICKETS
10/29/17 — Rock & Roll Hotel — Washington, DC — TICKETS
10/30/17 — City Winery — Boston, MA — TICKETS
10/31/17 — City Winery — New York, NY — TICKETS
The highly anticipated new album by renowned singer-songwriter John K. Samson entitled Winter Wheat has arrived! Inspired by the search for connection and community, and our individual and collective struggles with addictions to drugs, screens, and fossil fuels,Winter Wheat is a sprawling, masterful and timely work by a writer at the peak of his powers.
In conjunction with the record’s release, Samson has unveiled a video for the track Postdoc Blues, a moving and powerful song that follows an aging student struggling to maintain faith in the possibility of a better world.
The clip references themes from the Leap Manifesto, a political manifesto issued by a coalition of Canadian authors, activists, artists, and musicians (Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen and more) not to mention 42,000 citizens and counting. The manifesto calls for a restructuring of the Canadian economy as well as an end to the use of fossil fuels, and advocates for the inherent rights of Indigenous communities.
See shows page for upcoming live performances.