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What a Year!
Between Pokey and the band bringing their music to 4 continents and signing with Rounder Records, it is easy to say that it has been a busy, remarkable year.
We are extremely lucky to have such wonderful supporters that have helped bring us to these new heights! As we close in on 2014, we’d like to share with y’all some of those great moments that made this year so special.
Touring From India to Indiana…
Back in January, the band traveled to India for the first time and performed a series of shows at Bangalore’sWindmills Craftworks. 2014 also marked the band’s first tour in Australia and New Zealand, including appearances at Port Fairy Folk Festival,WOMADelaide, and WOMAD New Zealand. The band made two visits to Europe, and played the UK’s legendaryCambridge Folk Festival, in addition to Frances’s Les Nuits Secretes Festival and memorable club shows across the Netherlands, Germany and the UK.
Back home in the States, Pokey toured all over the Heartland, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this year. The band made their third appearance atNewport Folk Festival, joined Garrison Keillor on stage in St. Louis for their second performance on A Prairie Home Companion this June, and played to sold out crowds far and wide, including Bowery Ballroom in New York City!
Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time Tour
This past fall’s Central Time Tourwas a grand time! It was Pokey’s first time curating a multi-act revue tour that showcased a broad spectrum of American roots music (from country blues to Appalachian folk to Cajun dancehall and beyond).
With the help of some of the finest roots musicians around (Dom Flemons, Joel Savoy, Jesse Lége and the Cajun Country Revival, The Tillers, and The Loot Rock Gang) and a hardworking crew, Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time Tour charged through 13 Midwest towns in 14 days! What a special show it was…
Pokey LaFarge Signs to Rounder Records
To top it all off, Pokey recently signed to notable roots music record label, Rounder Records! Rounder welcomes Pokey into their all-star roster which includes the likes of Robert Plant, Del McCoury, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, JD McPherson, Dr. John, Son Volt and many more stellar musicians.
It is a true honor to begin this new relationship with Rounder and be counted among so many champions of American music, past and present.
A New Album & More in 2015!
Pokey has been hard at work in the studio, recording a new full-length album set to come out on Rounder Records in the Spring of 2015!
The album was recorded at Chicago’s Hi-Style Studios with producer Jimmy Sutton, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Expect a heavier dose of rhythm and catchy backbeats on the record…and live! Starting in 2015, the band will be adding a drummer to their touring lineup!
Pokey and his band will continue plodding down the highways and byways of North America, Europe and Australasia in 2015, so stay tuned for tour date announcements coming soon!
There are lots of exciting things coming down the pipeline, so be sure to ‘like’ Pokey on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and Instagram, and check out his official website to keep in the know this coming year…thank you all for your continued support, and for making each year better than the last.
Happy New Year!