JULIE BYRNE ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR DATES WITH KURT VILE AND JOHANNA WARREN

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NOT EVEN HAPPINESS OUT NOW

Fresh from a sold out headline jaunt across Europe and US dates supporting Whitney and Kevin Morby, Julie Byrne has announced a summer tour that include some shows with Kurt Vile before a headlining run with Johanna Warren in July that ends with a homecoming show in Buffalo. Warren is an ideal touring partner, having guested on Byrne’s latest album Not Even Happiness, providing backing vocals on three album cuts.

In the live arena Byrne enchants, leaving rooms and festival crowds mesmerized by her voice and warm presence, who find a real connection with her intimate songs. This feeling is often shared: “When the show has that magical spirit every person has contributed, even unknowingly, in creating a space of responsiveness to each other through vulnerability, through our unified experience and honesty about our sorrow and our emergence.”

Her acclaimed sophomore album, Not Even Happiness, is available now via Ba Da Bing Records in North America and Basin Rock in Europe.

LISTEN TO NOT EVEN HAPPINESS

TOUR DATES:

6/21 – Portsmouth, NH @ Prescott Parks Arts Festival ^

6/22 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater ^

6/23 – Rockville Centre, NY @ Cannon’s Blackthorn ^

6/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Park Church Co-op

7/15 – Boston, MA @ Cafe 939 *

7/16 – Burlington, VT @ High Ground *

7/17 – Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange *

7/18 – Toronto, ON @ Great Hall *

7/20 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s *

7/21 – Detroit, MI @ El Club (Waking Windows Detroit)

7/23 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party

7/25 – Portland, OR @ Old Church *

7/28 – Buffalo, NY @ Silo City
^ w/ Kurt Vile

* w/ Johanna Warren

PRAISE FOR JULIE BYRNE: 

“Julie Byrne probes cosmic notions with wonder and aplomb. Wanderer, dreamer, naturist, loner, romantic-with her bold fingerpicking and deep voice, Byrne makes these well-worn identities feel newly alive. Not Even Happiness has all the lucidity and tactility of a healing crystal.” –Pitchfork, Best New Music

“Her voice is usually cradled in the gentle fingerpicking of her acoustic guitar, subtly supported by orchestral arrangements that hover like faraway guardian angels.” –New York Times

“With her softly echoing guitar and slight strings, Byrne channels some ancient wavelength, then suddenly sticks a pin in the universal.” –NPR

“So perfect it’s hard to believe it’s real… Songs that feel complete, fully formed, as if they came to us via nature.” –USA Today

ABOUT JULIE BYRNE:

Sometimes it can take years to find your calling. Not for Julie Byrne; whose power of lyrical expression and musical nous seems inborn.  Often what comes naturally cannot be driven by speed and time. Julie’s second album, Not Even Happiness, has evolved at its own pace. It spans recollections of bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, and the irresolvable mysteries of love. Her new album vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road, and in doing so, Byrne exhibits her extraordinarily innate musicality.

Some of the songs on Not Even Happiness took years of fine tuning to reach their fruition. If you asked her why the follow up to 2014’s Rooms With Walls and Windows has taken so long, you’d be greeted with a bewildered expression melted into a smile – as though the strangest question had just been asked. “Writing comes from a natural process of change and growth. It took me up to this point to have the capacity to express my experience of the time in my life that these songs came from.”

Julie Byrne has counted Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans and Northampton, Massachusetts as her transient homes in recent years.  For now, she’s settled in New York City, moonlighting as a seasonal urban park ranger in Central Park. Whether witnessing the Pacific Northwest for the first time (‘Melting Grid’), the morning sky in the mountains of Boulder (‘Natural Blue’), or a journey fragrant with rose water; reading Frank O’Hara aloud from the passengers seat during a drive through the Utah desert into the rainforest of Washington State (‘The Sea As It Glides’), Not Even Happiness is Julie’s beguilingly ode to the fringes of life.

“The title of the album comes from a letter I wrote to a friend after a trip to Riis Park’s ‘The People’s Beach’, it was the first warm afternoon of the year. I walked alongside the Atlantic as the Earth came alive for the sun. There was a palpable sense of emergence to everything. I felt it in myself too, and remember thinking I would trade that feeling for nothing…not even happiness.”

JULIE BYRNE

NOT EVEN HAPPINESS

BA DA BING RECORDS

JANUARY 27, 2017

 ORDER THE ALBUM

  1. Follow My Voice
  2. Sleepwalker
  3. Melting Grid
  4. Natural Blue
  5. Interlude
  6. Morning Dove
  7. All The Land Glimmered
  8. Sea As It Glides
  9. I Live Now As A Singer

JULIE BYRNE

BA DA BING RECORDS

Featured Photo Credit: Tonje Thilesen

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