And in stores across the world via The ILS Group!
In June of 2017 Midnight North is slated to release their third studio album: Under the Lights. On this full length record, Midnight North left it all on the court. Recorded by David Simon-Baker (Los Lobos, ALO, Jackie Greene, Mother Hips) at the Greene Room and Allegiant Studios, Under The Lights features their 11 best new tunes. Expect flares of country on tracks like “The Highway Song” and “Greene County”, tinges of soul on the likes of “Back To California”, but mostly good solid rock and roll. With strong melodies and stronger harmonies, for this band it comes down to one thing: the song.
Immediately after their last studio release, 2015’s Scarlet Skies, Midnight North – fronted by lead songwriters Elliott Peck & Grahame Lesh with lush Hammond B3 organ, lead guitar, and harmony work from Alex Jordan and stomping bass lines from Connor O’Sullivan – began touring the country in earnest, visiting the East Coast and the Midwest for the first time in Summer 2015. The band wrote the majority of Under The Lights in the following months, and the lyrical road themes – the initial excitement, the longing for home, and the inherent need to keep moving – shine through.
“Under the Lights is the perfect title for this collection of songs,” said O’Sullivan. “These songs and lyrics are about being a band of musicians on the road away from home. Songs literally performed and tested under the lights at countless venues across the US.”
Last year, while work in the studio continued, the band’s stream of amazing live shows and festival appearances sped by as the band jammed with heavyweights like Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Tom Hamilton, Mihali Savoulidis, and more. Hitting the road night after night and building their fan base has proved a lot of fun and every time they come back to a city the venues and crowds get bigger while the songs get tighter. “On the road you have an opportunity to dig into what the band is capable of and learn where your limits as a group are and aren’t,” said Jordan. “It was a wonderful opportunity to capture a sound on this album that is identifiably our own.”
In addition to all the touring, Midnight North is on year five of holding down Sunday nights at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. To celebrate the occasion, they released a free live album, Live at Terrapin Crossroads in 2016, where Relix Magazine took a shine to “the group’s powerful three-part harmonies.” Performing weekly for a hometown crowd allows a chance to continuously test new material. “I feel like I’ll come to the band with this raw idea and watch it totally come to life,” said Peck.
2017 will continue the growth for Midnight North, as the exciting release of Under The Lights helps point the way for more and more fans to discover the band. “These songs tell our story, at least up to this point,” said Lesh. “Our job is to sing you these stories as honestly as we can and transport you into our world for an hour or two.”
MIDNIGHT NORTH RELEASE FREE ALBUM LIVE AT TERRAPIN CROSSROADS
New Album Of Live Material Features A Previously Unreleased Track
Summer Coast To Coast Tour Kicks Off Tomorrow, June 30th
Northern California’s Midnight North are proud to announce the release of a free full-length album of music in celebration of their upcoming summer tour that kicks off tomorrow. Live at Terrapin Crossroads features 11-tracks of Midnight North’s signature Western Americana jams recorded over the past year during the band’s Sunday night residency at the storied restaurant and venue of the same name. Fans can receive a free copy of the album by visiting the Midnight North Bandcamp page.
Live at Terrapin Crossroads features nine original songs including the previously unreleased “Roamin’”, plus two covers, “Viola Lee Blues” and “Shady Grove”. A tapestry of three-part harmonies led by guitarist Grahame Lesh, guitarist/keyboardist Elliott Peck, and organist/guitarist Alex Jordan slide over grooves laid down by bassist Connor Croonn and drummer Alex Koford. And because of the Bay Area’s vibrant music community combined with Terrapin Crossroads’ draw as a musical hub, the album also features guest artists on a handful of tracks.
“Our most memorable shows transpire when we have guests sit in, which at Terrapin Crossroads, could happen at any time,” says Grahame Lesh, son of the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh. “On “Viola Lee Blues”, you’ll notice that the first verse has no organ, but Jason Crosby happened to be in the house that night, and 90 seconds into the song he just sat down at the open keyboard and started wailing! Many times a guest musician will be playing one of our songs for the first time which always brings a unique, unfiltered flavor to the tunes.”
Special guests on Live at Terrapin Crossroads include keyboard/ fiddle player Jason Crosby (Phil Lesh & Friends, Robert Randolph & The Family Band), guitarist Scott Law, and guitarist Greg Loiacono (The Mother Hips/ Sensations).
Midnight North kicks off their summer tour tomorrow night, Thursday, June 30th, in Frisco, CO. The band plays multiple shows in the Rocky Mountains, including a sold-out Dead and Company afterparty show in Boulder, before traveling to the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. In mid-July, the quintet starts their East Coast leg with dates throughout the Northeast including the Relix Presents: Brooklyn is CSNY at Brooklyn Bowl – a night celebrating the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Midnight North returns to the West Coast on August 18th for an encore performance of the music of CSNY at the Great American Music Hall. A full listing of dates is below.
For more information on Midnight North, visit midnightnorth.com
To download Live at Terrapin Crossroads, visit midnightnorth.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-terrapin-crossroads
Live at Terrapin Crossroads Track Listing
2. Miss M (feat. Jason Crosby)
3. Luck One
4. Viola Lee Blues (feat. Scott Law and Jason Crosby)
5. Find A Way
6. Phoenix Motel
7. Wind & Roses
8. Shady Grove
9. San Francisco Rain
10. Stayin’ Single, Drinkin’ Doubles (feat. Jason Crosby and Greg Loiacono)
11. End Of The Night
Midnight North Summer Tour Dates
6.30.16 | The Barkley Ballroom, Frisco, CO
7.1.16 | Hodi’s Half Note, Ft. Collins, CO
7.2.16 | Quixote’s True Blue, Denver, CO
7.3.16 | The Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO (Dead & Company Afterparty with American Babies) – SOLD OUT
7.4.16 | Jorgensen Park, Gunnison, CO
7.6.16 | O.P. Rockwell, Park City, UT
7.7.16 | Volcanic Theatre Pub, Bend, OR
7.8.16 – 7.9.16 | Oregon Country Fair, Veneta, OR
7.15.16 | Hips High Camp at Sierra Valley Lodge, Calpine, CA
7.16.16 | Ain’t Necessarily Dead Fest 2016, Auburn, CA
7.20.16 | Gypsy Sally’s, Washington, DC*
7.21.16 | Havana’s, New Hope, PA*
7.22.16 | Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA*
7.23.16 | Jerry Jam, Bath, NH*
7.26.16 | Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo, NY*
7.27.16 | The Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY*
7.28.16 | Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs, NY*
7.29.16 | Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY* | Relix Magazine Presents Brooklyn is CSNY!
7.30.16 | Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, Asbury Park, NJ
8.12.16 | Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA | A tribute to CSNY with Lonesome Locomotive!
8.27.16 | Caffe Blossom, Twain Harte, CA
9.3.16 | Peace Of Mind Fest, Halifax, PA
9.10.16 | June Lake Jam Fest 2016, June Lake, CA
*with the Doobie Decibel System
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Midnight North’s Scarlet Skies is now out on vinyl! Come celebrate the vinyl release tomorrow at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA! 8:30pm. The vinyl is available for purchase online here: https://midnightnorth.bandcamp.com/album/scarlet-skies
Original track: https://croonn.bandcamp.com/track/handsome-in-the-dark
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