CR AVERY JOINS BILLY BRAGG N. AMERICAN JUNE TOUR
May. 5th, 2008
C.R. AVERY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH BILLY BRAGG
EUROPEAN RELEASE MAY 12TH
C.R. Avery is a one man hip hop beat-box blues harmonica Americana iconoclast. If Lawrence Ferlinghetti could play harmonica like Little Walter, you'd have an idea of where C.R. is coming from and the genre busting audio statement that defines his latest release, Magic Hour Sailor Songs.
C.R.'s intense delivery and storytelling has been likened to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska era, or Tom Waits (who is a fan), but mainly, Avery's words and visions come from his slam poetry pieces, honed by the merciless, sudden death, one-victor-and-all- others-cast-aside competitive nature of the slam world. As such, having been performed in front of an audience that demands both intellectual clarity and visceral honesty, competing against the very best work of the very best poets, his pieces are crafted to a necessary perfection.
Fresh from a European jaunt which included support dates for Buck 65 and showcases in Paris, he's brought back a suitcase full of reviews and accolades, including a glowing review (4 out of 5 stars) from the UK's Time Out weekly:
"(C.R. Avery's) union of hip-hop and beat-up blues packs a powerful punch, while lyrical truths creep slowly up your spine."
"Each track is utterly compelling as the words cover the tunes that serve as frames for the poeticism of the lyric. This album is a listener – not background – and if you do you will be rewarded in spades by the most imaginative artist this reviewer has heard in ages. A true artist." 9/10 - Keith Hargreaves
Magic Hour Sailor Songs is released May 12 in France and continental Europe by Platinum Records France in a Euro-only version that has been re-mastered and re-sequenced; replacing two tracks with two Euro only songs, "St Marie" and "Sylvee".
If Magic Hour Sailor Songs is an elegiac poetic tour de force, bending and crisscrossing genres; his live one-man show is another force to be reckoned with. Bongo Beat is proud to announce that C.R. has been asked by Billy Bragg to support him on his upcoming North American tour.
NEW MUSIC WEST
May 15, The Yale, 10pm show
May 22, 2008
Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre CANCELLED
May 26, 2008
Calgary, AB - The Grand Theatre CANCELLED
May 27, 2008
Edmonton, AB - Myer Horowitz Theatre CANCELLED
May 29, 2008
Vancouver, BC - St James Hall CANCELLED
June 5 2008
Vancouver, Canada - St Andrews Wesley Church
June 6 2008
Seattle, WA, USA - Moore Theater
June 7 2008
Portland, OR, USA - Pacific Northwest College of Art
June 10 2008
Los Angeles, CA, USA El Rey Theater
June 11 2008
San Francisco, CA, USA The Fillmore
June 13 2008
Minneapolis, MN, USA Cedar Cultural Center
June 14 2008
Chicago, IL, USA - Park West
June 17 2008
Toronto, ON, Canada - Harbourfront
June 18 2008
Montreal, QC, Canada Club Soda