DAVID BERKELEY EMBARKS ON ‘SOME KIND OF TOUR’ NATIONAL OUTING CELEBRATES RELEASE OF FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM SOME KIND OF CURE
“Emotional story-telling lyrics, charismatic stage presence, and hilarious anecdotes.”
– June Wulff, The Boston Globe
The San Francisco Chronicle calls DAVID BERKELEY, “A musical poet,” and the Boston Phoenix declares him, “The best of the young American songwriters, a voice full of feeling and a big, big heart. And the balls to say what he thinks.” Berkeley will release his new album Some Kind of Cure on Jan 25, 2011 via Straw Man and is hitting the road for a set of CD RELEASE PERFORMANCES to share not only his new compositions, but also the stories behind them.
While living in a 35-person village in the mountains of Corsica, David Berkeley wrote the most haunting and powerful music of his life. Upon returning to the U.S., he began recording a collection of these songs and the resulting work is Some Kind of Cure.
In concert, Berkeley wins crowds over with his low-key charisma and hilarious between song banter. He weaves together fact, fiction and hyperbole into stories that often leave audiences in hysterics, without resorting to obvious punch lines. His on stage narratives rarely repeat themselves and are full of the same astutely observed details that propel his songs.
Berkeley has finally documented several of these tales and written an accompanying book of short stories (one for each song on the album) entitled 140 Goats and a Guitar, the Stories behind Some Kind of Cure. More info on the book can be found and pre-orders can be made at http://www.davidberkeley.com/book.
David Berkeley was named one of WXPN’s “Artists to Watch,” wrote his song “Fire Sign” for the CBS series Without a Trace and has performed on World Café, Mountain Stage, XM’s Loft Sessions, WFUV with John Platt and radio and television stations across the country. He received ASCAP’s Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award and, perhaps most notably, performed on PRI’s ‘This American Life’, telling the awkward and hilarious story of a private serenade he was hired to perform to help a guy win back an ex-girlfriend.
DAVID BERKELEY – ‘SOME KIND OF TOUR’ DATES
Tues, Jan 25 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall Stage II
Wed, Jan 26 – Washington, DC – Jammin’ Java
Thurs, Jan 27 – Philadelphia, PA – Tin Angel
Sun, Jan 30 – Harrisburg, PA – Midtown Scholar – book signing, reading and performance
Tues, Feb 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
Thurs, Feb 3 – Boston, MA – Club Passim
Tues, Feb 22 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
Fri, Feb 25 – Fairfield, IA – Café Paradiso
Sat, Mar 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Café
Thurs, Mar 17 – Austin, TX – Rusty Spurs
Sat, Apr 9 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
Many more dates to be added
“Berkeley’s a sixties-esque troubadour with songs to swoon by and a voice sweeter than incense and peppermints.
… He’s a double fantasy of Nick Drake and Donovan.”
– Robin Aigner, Rolling Stone.com
“Dashing singer-songwriter David Berkeley delivers his warm, thoughtful songs,
along with a reliably hilarious line in onstage banter.”
– Time Out New York
“Berkeley sings in a lustrous melancholy voice with shades of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake….
As his melodies ascend to become benedictions and consolations, the music shimmers and peals.”
– Jon Pareles, The New York Times
“One of the most promising singers to emerge in recent times.”
– Relix Magazine
“His lyrics and melody conjure beautiful images of distant places and wistful
times with just a touch of romanticism.”
– Local Music Vibe