Hello from Tucson!
Just wanted to take a minute to let you know that a special video Eric recorded to benefit the Deschutes River Conservancy is now exclusively available over at Pitchfork. Additionally, stream or download the track (along with a sweet jam from the Fruit Bat’s Eric D. Johnson) from the Deschutes Brewery page to benefit the river. Hope you enjoy the tunes!
After six weeks on the road, we play our final show of the summer tour this evening in Columbia, MO. Then we begin the long drive back to the Pacific Northwest to see family, friends, and play some awesome festivals.
At the same time, we wanted to share some exciting news about upcoming tour dates. After a taste of summer vacation, we will be hitting the road again this fall supporting The Head and The Heart (September 18th through October 5th) and Brandi Carlile (Rocktober!). These dates take us all across the country, and will be the final shows we’re playing before taking a break to record a new album. Come out and party with us one last time! Check out the full set of dates here. And there just may still be some dates to be announced, so stay tuned…
We’re going to leave you with a couple more photos from our travels this summer. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to shows - we hope you had us much fun as we did!
Wilco, destroying as usual, under the vast skies of Montana.
The Filling Station, host to one of the sweatiest Blitzen Trapper shows ever.
Playing at The Current in Mpls, one of the finest radio stations anywhere.
Check out our new video, featuring our very own Brian Adrian Koch and directed by Daniel Elkayam, for American Goldwing track ‘Girl in a Coat’, streaming courtesy of our buddies at Rolling Stone. Hope you enjoy!
Back in Portland for 10 days before we hit the road again. Between now and October, we will be all over the country, and hope to see you all again (or for the first time!) before we head back into the studio at the end of the year. Check out the shows here. And until then, here’s some photographic musings from our most recent tour. (Above is literally the backstage at Sasquatch - not so bad, huh?)
Acoustic session in a yurt
The World Famous Alley of gum in San Luis Obispo
Spring has finally started to arrive in Portland, and with it we have tons of news to bring you - first, we’ve added all sorts of new shows for this summer across the United States and Canada. These include a trek across the Midwest and back through the familiar stomping grounds of California; supporting Wilco for a stretch across the mountain states and Minnesota; heading off on a series of headline dates across the country; then finally meeting up with Wilco again for a special Friday night show at the venerable Newport Folk Festival. Check the full dates here to find out more and get tickets. If, tragically, you don’t see your hometown on the list, don’t fear - there will be many more dates announced to close out 2012 in the next couple months.
In the immediate future, we have a sweet special edition exclusive 7” vinyl release coming out for Record Store Day - which is tomorrow! This release is limited to 1800 copies and was pressed on yellow vinyl. One side has a special Trapper twist on the classic “Hey Joe” while the other has a previously unreleased BT original, “Skirts on Fire.” Check out the list of participating stores and pick up your copy.
In addition, our good friend Luke Norby and drummer Brian Adrian Koch, composed a gorgeous video for American Goldwing track “Stranger In A Strange Land,” which you can see above. It features landscapes found in Nome, Alaska, where there are no indigenous trees or mountains within plain sight, interspersing footage of the Iditarod finish line, the Bering Sea, and singer Eric Earley with shivery hand-held pans in 20 below zero conditions. Lastly, thank you to everyone who made it out to shows in March & April. If you weren’t there, we played all sorts of shows and sessions at SXSW that you can still check out. You can see an exclusive performances of “Fletcher” & “American Goldwing,” as well as an entire set at the Hype Hotel. We will see you soon!
Our 12th anniversary as a band. Come out and celebrate with us. Get your tickets here.
The Lost Last Leg Episode 6 from our Fall 2011 tour has been found! And it’s a bruiser. Check it out above - and the rest of last year’s video diary entries on our YouTube channel here (plus, there is other fun video stuff there).
We are, of course, about to hit the road again, our our way to the inimitable zoo that is SXSW, with stops in CA, AZ, NM and a bunch of ski towns. Tour dates are here. And starting April 1, we will cavort about the enchanting island-continent of Australia, communing with marsupials and dingos, and bringing along our tunes to the people of Oz. Those dates are here too.
We hope to see all your pretty faces out there on the road this spring!
Goods news! From the depths of winter, we’re able to start releasing news about touring plans for the coming months - and we hope to see all of you out there. Starting in early March, we’re going to spend a month crossing the Western half of the country with our good friends the Parson Redheads, including a very eventful stop by SXSW in Austin (for the first time since 2009!), before making our way back to Portland. Tickets for these shows are all on-sale now. Click here for a complete list of dates and tickets. If you don’t see your hometown on the schedule, fear not - there will be many more show announcements to come in 2012.
In the meantime, we have a couple items to tide you over through these cold months. First, here is a free download of our new single “Might Find It Cheap” and a great track from the Parson Redheads, called “Burning Up The Sky.” Second, our new video for American Goldwing track “Takin’ It Easy Too Long” premiered on Paste earlier today. This video was directed by our very own drummer, Mr. Brian Adrian Koch. Check it out!
See you soon,
Might Find It Cheap
Our newest video, an amalgam of a host of shots from our last tour - Portland, Milwaukee, Birmingham, Pioneer Town, Washington D.C. - and other places that we can’t even remember now. Hope you enjoy - and go get yourself a free download of the song right here.
Happy Holidays all y’all - thanks for making this another fantastic year. We love yous…