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Ivey paints "Invisible Pictures"

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – Jeremy Ivey said today he would be out with a new release, "Invisible Pictures," his third album for ANTI- Records, on March 11.

The first track is the bittersweet "Orphan Child," a song that channels '60s pop that reflects on Ivey's own personal experience being raised by foster parents. "I'm an orphan honey / I'm a no-name nomad living in this great unknown," Ivey sings over guitars and a B3 organ. "Yes I'man orphan but I'm better on my own." Directed by Dylan Reyes, the video follows a young boy and Ivey as they walk, roll and wriggle through colorful sets.

"I try to put a little bit of hope into everything I do," said Ivey. "No matter how heavy, no matter how dark things may get, there's always a little bit of light shining through."

"I've always felt like l was born at the wrong place at the wrong time in the wrong body to the wrong people," Ivey said of the song and video's themes. "Maybe it's because I was adopted, but I think it's more than that. As soon as you're born, you are automatically judged by someone because of your sex or race or the culture you are raised in. Hated for something that you had no part in choosing. That's what this song is about."

Ivey released his solo debut, "The Dream and The Dreamer "in 2019, and "Waiting Out The Storm" in 2020.

With touring off the table for more than a year, he decided stretch himself compositionally, returning to the harmonically sophisticated music that had fascinated him in his younger years but had taken a backseat since his move to Nashville and marriage to Margo Price.

"I started listening to a lot of Paco de Lucia and playing more nylon string guitar at home," Ivey said. "I started using more passing tones in my writing, too, and then I'd make up chords to go along with those melodies, even if I didn't know what it was that I was playing."

Ivey tapped producer Andrija Tokic and tasked him with assembling a band of players he'd never worked with before. While some of the musicians ran in similar circles to Ivey around Nashville, others, like jazz violinist Billy Contreras, were brand new to him.

"A whole lot of different people with a whole lot of different musical backgrounds came in and out of the studio while we were recording," said Ivey. "When Andrija heard a sound in his head, he'd just go find the player who could make it happen."

The album was even finished in Los Angeles alongside Elliot Smith collaborator Rob Schnapf." When you sing a melody in your head, you can either put three chords around it or nine," said Ivey, who plays one of Smith's hollow-body guitars.

Tour dates are:
March 9 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
March 11-12 - Gainesville, FL - High Dive
March 15 - Nashville, TN - Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville
March 17 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
March 19-20 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
March 23 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
March 25 - Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
March 26 - Ridgefield, CT - The Ridgefield Playhouse
March 28 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere Music Hall
March 30- 31 - Indianapolis, IN - The Hi-Fi
April 2 - Chicago, IL - Park West
April 4 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe

The track list is:
1. Orphan Child
2. Trial By Fire
3. Keep Me High
4. Downhill (Upside Down Optimist)
5. Grey Machine
6. Phantom Limb
7. Empty Game
8. Invisible Pictures
9. Black Mood
10. Silence And Sorrow

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