Southern Music Shaman Jimbo Mathus To Perform Exclusive, Intimate Shows This November To Celebrate His Latest Album Incinerator
The Respected Songwriter, Guitarist and Producer – Who Is Also The Co-Founder And Frontman For The Platinum-Selling Squirrel Nut Zippers – Will Bring His Signature Southern Sound To Select Venues
Jimbo Mathus has blazed a singular path as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and shaman for 40 years, recording and releasing more than 300 songs that are a testament to his hoodoo craftsmanship and to the sounds, sights and spirits of his inspirations in the deep South. Recently releasing his latest album Incinerator (Big Legal Mess Records), the acclaimed artist will continue to celebrate its success with exclusive, intimate dates this November.
After a busy fall tour schedule including US headline dates, Drive By Truckers supporting dates, and Squirrel Nut Zippers dates, Mathus’ will make a final round of 2019 headline dates including November 23 at Milkboy Philly, 11th and Chestnut Sts. During this select show, the singer-songwriter will perform songs from Incinerator as well as hits from his legendary career.
He describes the 11 songs on Incinerator as “a huge tapestry of my experiences, hard work and dedication to living a creative life. “I really took stock of what I do and why I do it … why I weave stories and dreams and visions I have into songs,” said Mathus. “And I tried to squeeze every bit of meaning out of every note and every word I wrote and recorded. It’s impossible to separate this album from me. This is who I am.”
Incinerator was recorded in a burst of inspiration, with all but overdubs cut in just two days in Water Valley, Mississippi’s Dial Back Sound. Surprisingly, Mathus, who has produced dozens of albums, decided to hand the controls to Bronson Tew and Drive-By Truckers bassist Matt Patton, who co-own Dial Back, and opted to play piano instead of his trademark guitar.
“I wanted to get to the soul of these songs, without distractions,” he said. “So, I decided to play piano and record my singing live in the studio. It’s instinctual for me to plug in an electric guitar and rock. But I was seeking the kind of perfection you find in Romantic poetry. I wanted to hear the lyrics surrounded by space, and then add colors after I considered what was needed.”
The results are full of warmth and heart, with Mathus’ dusty Magnolia State-breeze of a voice at the fore. The opening track “You Are Like a Song” was one of the first written, and sets the tone for Incinerator. The tune has a bedrock of acoustic instruments and a harmonizing eight-voice chorus that, paired with Mathus’ rural landscape imagery and recollections of love and loss, make it seem like an undiscovered gem from the Band.
In addition to his solo career, Mathus is the co-founder and lead vocalist for the Platinum-selling band Squirrel Nut Zippers (SNZ). Emerging as a tour de force in the 1990s, the group has appeared at many prestigious events, including Prairie Home Companion, the Second inauguration of Bill Clinton, and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. They’ve also made such high-profile TV appearances as The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. SNZ’s most recent studio album Beasts Of Burgundy was released in 2018 and debuted at #4 on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart upon its release. The band has revealed plans for their much-anticipated Third Annual Holiday Tour which kicks off December 5.
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