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Leeroy Stagger to release 8th studio album “Truth Be Sold” produced by Grammy Award winner Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.
Recorded at Portland Oregon’s Mystery Machine Studios “PDX” takes listeners on a journey to the edge of Stagger’s Heavy Roots Rock n Roll mind.
The 11 song album is a mix of brand new songs as well as Berlin’s picks from Stagger’s demo vault. The beautifully scathing “Cities On Fire” was written 8 years ago but was updated in the studio to document the Occupy Wall Street movement that was gaining momentum while the record was being made. In a departure from Staggers rootsy past, Stagger lets his punk rock past re emerge with a tip of the hat to “The Stooges” and “Queens of The Stones Age”.
Featuring fuzzed out guitars, midi sax solos under Stagger’s rollicking vocal deliveries, Grammy Award winner Steve Berlin took the band well away from their comfort zone. “Steve had a gigantic suitcase of percussion and a weird pedals. There wasn’t a song we recorded that didn’t have some foreign object taped to the drum kit or a pedal plugged into a guitar”, says Stagger,“ like the drum intro to “Celebrity” and the guitar on “Memo”. Berlin also played keyboards on the record and added his signature baritone sax sound to the Stones-ish rocker “Goodnight Berlin”.
“Leeroy Stagger is an extraordinarily talented singer, songwriter and player”, says Berlin, “and I've utterly enjoyed the process of collaborating with him on the new record. He has a unique combination of street smarts and a comprehensive world view that is rare among the current crop of todays young artists.”
“Truth Be Sold” will be released 4th June on Clubhouse Records
The “Truth Be Sold” UK Tour – July 2013
Leeroy tours the UK with a full band for the first time in 5 years – more dates being added soon!
Friday 5th July - Ents Shed, Bedford
Saturday 6th July - Maverick Festival, Suffolk
Sunday 7th July - Fleece Folk, Suffolk
Tuesday 9th July - Greystones, Sheffield
Wednesday 10th July - Taylor John's House, Coventry
Thursday 11th July – Thunderbolt, Bristol
Friday 12th July - Le Pub, Newport
Saturday 13th July - Tingestock, Tingewick Village Hall
Sunday 14th July - Musician, Leicester
Tuesday 16th July - The Prince Albert, Brighton
Wednesday 17th July - The Windmill, Brixton
Thursday 18th July - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
Friday 19th July - Ironworks, Oswestry
Saturday 20th July - Summertyne Festival – The Sage, Gateshead
Sunday 21st - Truck Festival, Oxford
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