Monday, May 12, 2008
– Rootsy Canadian band Duhks will be back with a release in August. Their fourth album, "Fast Paced World," drops Aug. 12 on Sugar Hill Records. "We traveled from Winnipeg, locked ourselves in a Nashville basement, pooled our ideas together and invented a new sound," says new frontwoman and bilingual, budding soul queen, Sarah Dugas, who replaced Jessee Havey in 2007.
Jay Joyce produced the disc. "Jay's basement studio was like something out of the Star Trek Enterprise," adds founder and clawhammer banjoist, Leonard Podolak, who, in the past, "traditionally stuck close to the acoustic sound of our instruments. This record is a beautiful mosaic of different ideas and soundscapes."
Joined by Tania Elizabeth (fiddle, mandolin), guitarist Jordan McConnell and new worldbeat drummer Christian Dugas (Sarah's brother) have melded French lounge pop ("Toujours Vouloir") and scratchy soul meditations on the Galveston flood in 1900 ("Mighty Storm") and sleeping ("Sleepin' Is All I Wanna Do"). "We're all proud of this record and can't wait to release it to the world," adds Duas.
Duhks also will be touring this summer, including at Bonnaroo in Tennessee next month. Environmental issues have always been important for the band, inspiring them to launch The Duhks Sustainability Project (www.greenduhks.com). The goal is to "tour as sustainably as possible - Biodiesel, local organic farmers, sustainable eco-conscious clothing," said Elizabeth, who was invited by Bonnaroo to speak about sustainability during the festival on June 13th. In addition, Bonnaroo has chosen the Duhks to perform on the Solar Stage on June 14th.
Tour dates are:
June 6 Enterprise, AL - Bamajam Festival
June 7 Jacksonville Beach, FL - Freebird Live
June 8 Tampa, FL - Skipper's Smokehouse
June 13 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
June 21-22 Telluride, CO - Telluride BGF
July19 Marquette, MI - Hiawatha Music Co-op
July24-27 Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Prince's Island Park Downtown
Aug. 2-4 Canmore, Alberta, Canada - Canmore Folk Festival
Aug. 9-10 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Gallagher Park
Aug. 16 Huntington, VT - Valley Stage
Aug. 17 Ottawa, Canada - Ottawa Folk Festival
Aug. 23 Shropshire, England - Shrewsbury Folk Festival