John Craigie, the nomadic singer-songwriter who has spent the past decade touring the U.S., performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St., in support of his new album, “Working On My Farewell.”
“Working On My Farewell” is Craigie’s ninth studio album and features 10 new songs.
Recorded in small studios in Santa Cruz, Calif., and Portland, Ore., each song features Craigie playing electric guitar, a departure from his usual acoustic style. In another shift from tradition, Craigie will tour with a backing band, with Kat Fountain on bass guitar and Moorea Masa on percussion, along with Craigie on electric guitar.
The album title refers to a Greg Brown song and is in the style of Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” and Beck’s “Sea Change.” Featuring a sweet and dreamy sound, all of the songs are variations on the theme of farewell – whether because of death, break up, moving on, or saying goodbye. Despite the title, this is not Craigie’s farewell tour.
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