On the heels of announcing several east coast tour dates for this November, Meshell Ndegeocello has lined up another run of US shows to kick off in January. The singer/songwriter/bassist/rapper will release her new album Weather on November 8ththrough Naïve Records. Meshell recently stopped by KUT in Austin for an interview and live performance – click HERE to listen (With Guitars suggest you do and give it a least 10 minutes, it’s one of the best radio interview / sessions I have heard recently).
A strikingly organic record, the album finds Meshell experimenting with sparse, orchestral melodies paired with thoughtful lyrics, all performed by a band of fearless musicians. The album opens with the title track “Weather,” a spacey, soulful groove that sets the stage for the rest of the record. Tracks like “Oysters” and her cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel” find Meshell constructing hushed ballads, centered around mournful piano. These tracks are juxtaposed with Meshell’s defiant, soulful stomps on songs like “Rapid Fire” and “Dirty World.” The album also features all-star collaborations with the likes of Chris Connelly (ex-Revolting Cocks, Ministry), Benji Hughes, and Joe Henry.
Meshell US Tour Dates:
11/14: Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
11/15: Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere
11/16: New York, NY @ Hiro Ballroom
01/05: San Diego, CA @ Anthology
01/06: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
01/07: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
01/18: Chicago, IL @ Harris Theater
01/19: Chicago, IL @ Harris Theater
01/20: Chicago, IL @ Harris Theater
01/22: Minneapolis, MN @ The Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
01/23: Minneapolis, MN @ The Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant