The Ballad of Boogie Christ Act 2, US Tour and New Book

Joseph Arthur Announces The Ballad of Boogie Christ Act 2 (November 29 / Lonely Astronaut), US Tour Dates and New Book I Miss the Zoo and Other Poetry Selections Available Now (EM Press).

Joseph Arthur will continue his banner Ballad of Boogie Christ year by releasing its follow up album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ Act 2 (November 29)…

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… and I Miss the Zoo and Other Poetry Selections (EM Press), his new book of poetry, lyrics and art pieces, available now through Amazon.

I Miss the Zoo and Other Poetry Selections

The second in a planned trilogy of albums, The Ballad of Boogie Christ Act 2 is “loosely based around a character that’s either enlightened or insane, like all of us,” Joseph tells American Songwriter. “It’s a sonic landscape across the last few years of my life excavating material for my captors,
though they were illusions, every last one of them.” Among the contributors are the Band’s legendary pianist Garth Hudson, bassist Catherine Popper and multi-instrumentalist Kraig Jarret Johnson.

Act 2 was created when Joseph reunited with his formative mentor, Peter Gabriel. (In 1996, Gabriel reached out to a then-unknown Arthur, wowed by his demo. Joseph was his first signing.) Joseph sent Peter a note accompanying Boogie Christ: “Is this something you’d be interested in putting out?” – and the response was a resounding “yes.”

“I honestly did not know what he’d say,” says Joseph. “I was surprised he was as enthusiastic and touched he was. He wrote me this really moving email saying, ‘Welcome home.'” Act 2 will be released on Real World Records in the UK and Europe, and in the US on Joseph’s imprint, Lonely Astronaut on November 29.

A highlight of Act 2 is the gripping “Akron Skies,” which reminds that buried deep within every rock’n’roll star are formative childhood memories of pain and confusion. “That song paints the picture of a child who escapes into his imagination to perhaps leave an uncomfortable place,” says Joseph. “It shows how darkness can bring us to our dreams.”

Act 2 – Tracklist:
01. Blue Lights In The Rear View
02. Maybe Yes
03. I Am The Witness
04. Travel As Equals (Acoustic)
05. Holding The Void
06. Missy Baba
07. Akron Skies
08. Junkies and Limousines
09. We Began To Dance Again
10. Whisper Of Whispers
11. House Of Your Love
12. In The City There Is Grace

US tour dates have been announced in November and December, concluding with his annual New Year’s Day show at City Winery in New York City.

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** New York Guitar Festival, Jan 30th @ Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, this will be a special and unique show where Joseph will be scoring a 22 min silent short film for the NYGF 2014. This will NOT be a regular Joseph Arthur show where he performs his own songs.

Catch Joseph on Jay Leno and his debut on the Tonight Show.

Contact: Carla Parisi at Kid Logic, or 973-563-8204