Constantines frontman, Bry Webb, premieres his second full-length solo album, Free Will today, via CBCMusic.ca and Exclaim.ca. Free Will is releasing on May 20, 2014 via Toronto-based imprint Idée Fixe Records.
Bry Webb begins his Canadian tour in Toronto at Massey Hall on May 31, with Coeur de Pirate. The acclaimed songwriter performs across Canada this summer including recently announced stops in Kelowna, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Kingston andSudbury (Full tour dates available below). In addition to his solo dates, Webb returns to the stage for the highly-anticipated reunion of the Constantines in celebration of the 11th anniversary of their seminal album Shine A Light.
Webb wrote many of the songs on Free Will for his son, Asa, who was two when the album was being made. It is a record about will and responsibility, love and desire, art and work. On “Fletcher” he questions what habits and ideals his son will learn. With “Let’s Get Through Today” he captures the emotions and worries of being a new father, singing “Go to the places where I can’t protect you / I will keep trying / To know what you’re going through.” Webb describes the album as having “less idealism than Provider…But the heart of the whole thing is a hope that will (or the idea of will) can help us move through all of this conflict and ambiguity.”
Free Will was recorded and produced at 6 Nassau in Kensington Market in Toronto with longtime associate Jeff McMurrich (Constantines, Jennifer Castle, Owen Pallett.) Bry Webb co-produced the record. Rich Burnett (lap steel, guitar, vocals), Aaron Goldstein (pedal steel), Anna Ruddick (bass, vocals) and Nathan Lawr(drums) make up “The Providers” on the album. Special guests include singer Jennifer Castle, Constantines’ band mate Will Kidman, pianist Thomas Hammerton, and experimental hurdy-gurdy player Ben Grossman.
Free Will is available now for pre-order on CD and vinyl via www.ideefixerecords.com.
May 14 – BOSTON, MA – TT The Bear’s w/ Chad VanGaalen
Constantines Tour Dates
June 7-8 – TORONTO, ON – Fort York (Field Trip)
Aug 3 – SACKVILLE, NB – Sappyfest
Aug 22 – PETERBOROUGH, ON – Peterborough Folk Festival
Aug 23 – OTTAWA, ON – Arboretum Festival