Boston native, veteran guitaristturnedproducer, Peter Malick, returns East with a summer tour to launch his new label, Luxury Wafers Fresh, featuring emerging artists, Spencer Livingston and Courtney Jones, and joined by seasoned players, Butch Norton (Lucinda Williams, Eels, Tracy Bonham) and Jon Ossman (Paula Cole, Mark Cohn) who also played on both new artists’ releases .
Malick’s history stretches back to the “Bosstown Sound,” when his first band Listening was signed to Vanguard Records. An original member of The James Montgomery Band, he also backed blues icons John Lee Hooker, Otis Spann, & Big Mama Thornton. His last shows in Boston were in 2000 when he brought Norah Jones to the House of Blues and the Newbury Street Fair. The New York City album collaboration with Norah Jones was recorded in South Boston at Room 9 From Outer Space. Says Malick, “I’ve chosen my home town to launch our new boutique label, Luxury Wafers Fresh.”
The new artists:
Courtney Jones’ new album, All The Things That Fall, will be released in concert with the tour. Since Courtney Jones’ 2008 debut, Awake and Dreaming (also produced by Malick), the singer/songwriter’s warm, clear voice has consistently evoked comparisons to Sarah McLachlan. As a pianoplaying pop singer, Jones easily conjures Sara Bareilles. While Jones’ timeless sound continues to resonate fully in her newest release, All the Things That Fall (cowritten and produced by Peter Malick), the depth and intensity of her latest dozen, cleverly cerebral, folkpop jewels now evoke quick comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Carole King. Jones’ mature angst belies her young years, recent marriage, and new motherhood.
Courtney is equally engaging solo in a small room she’s no stranger to LA’s Hotel Café, and backed by a band at a large venue. She’s opened for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Missy Higgins, Kenny Loggins, Edwin McCain, Bitter:Sweet, and The 88, as well as shared the bill with Joshua Radin, Anna Nalick, and Augustana.
Spencer Livingston’s debut solo album, Grow, is a Wilco/Tom Pettyinspired, easygoing yet thoughtprovoking altrock, folkAmericana romp through the backwoods of L.A. Spencer’s sensitive lyrics and disarmingly familiar voice pine for a simpler space and time. Los Angeles native Spencer Livingston grew up on a steady diet of rock Americana. The son of actor Barry Livingston, who played Ernie Douglas on the 1960’s sitcom My Three Sons, Spencer is a natural performer. And though he was born and raised on the hem of Hollywood, Livingston has been nourished by a downtoearth, artistic community supportive of his naturally rootsy inclination. Says Livingston, “I definitely come from a very musical family who exposed me to a really wide variety of music with everything from The Beatles to Woody Guthrie. As far as the way I write, I do most of my writing by just observing things as I go through life. Sometimes I just have an idea that pops into my head when I am going through my day and I write it down. It is as simple as that.”
Spencer started taking guitar lessons at age 12 and songwriting around 15. At 16, he started (and continues to write for and front) the band, The Alternates, recording demos in his bedroom and playing shows for close to 4 years until they finally recorded the Spiders And Webs EP (also produced by Malick) in 2011.
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