Corb Lund has today announced that he will be returning to the UK and Europe in May 2024.
Commenting on his return to Europe and the UK, Lund shared, “I’m really looking forward to touring Europe with The Dead South in June. We had a blast with those guys in the States this year, they took great care of us and their audiences are bananas! I’m especially excited for Eastern Europe. I haven’t played there since my metal days with my old band, ‘the smalls’ and I’m really interested in checking out how much it has changed. The Dead South have us with them in Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Berlin, Leipzig, Paris, and a whole string of others.”
Corb continues, “I am also really excited to headline shows in London, Amsterdam and Groningen with my band. It is gonna be wild. So, big thanks to The Dead South guys and we’ll see ya over there!”
Lund will release his latest album El Viejo on 23 February, 2024 via New West Records. The 11-track set was produced by Lund and recorded entirely in his living room in Lethbridge, AB with his band The Hurtin’ Albertans. El Viejo is Lund’s first album of original material since 2020’s critically acclaimed Agricultural Tragic, which was named an album of the year by the readers of No Depression. Gathering around his living room, Lund & Co. tapped into his most cherished musical influences of acoustic tone and lyrical aptitude — Marty Robbins, Kris Kristofferson, Bobbie Gentry, Jerry Reed. There is a common theme — possibly even a character thread — of the gambler, the outlaw who roams from place-to-place with no direction home.
“It’s a lot of minor keys and gambling songs, is what it is,” Lund says in a matter-of-fact tone. “It was just a few of us in my house. No studio. No outside producer. No adults in the room. No stress.” He continues, “There’s not a single electric instrument on the whole thing, just acoustic sounds and singing. In terms of having a vision, this is a record I’ve had in my sights for a while and it came out exactly how I’d hoped. We cut all the songs live in the same room with lots of bleed. A bunch of the songs we captured in one take, first time through.”
El Viejo pays tribute to Lund’s late friend and mentor, the famed Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tyson, who passed away 29 December, 2022. With the album, he has also created an ode to the notion of stripping everything down and letting the tape roll — simply capturing a moment of pure vulnerability and organic inspiration in real time.
Corb has also recently announced a Canadian tour, with New West labelmates 49 Winchester as support, launching March 5th, 2024 in Vancouver. Please see all dates (with more to be added) here.
Much like his music, Lund is decidedly hard to define. The western Canadian singer-songwriter is an elusive artist — onstage, offstage, and in the studio — seamlessly weaving between the outlaw country, Western, and indie-folk realms with an honest curiosity and rowdy devotion to each. He was raised with the tried and true DIY sentiment of “if you want something done, you gotta do it yourself” launching his career recording in his basement, printing his own shirts, booking his own tours, being his own manager and publicist… whatever it took to get it done. He toured for years with the indie-metal band the smalls, and later turned his sights to writing Western songs, creating a unique and quirky hybrid writing style along the way. He has received multiple CCMA, JUNO, and international award nominations and wins. In 2022, Lund won his 14th career Canadian Country Music Award and made his debut at the historic Grand Ole Opry earlier this year as well. A rural Albertan hailing from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with a long family lineage of ranchers and rodeo people, Lund is about as authentic as they come.
Corb Lund’s El Viejo will be available across digital retailers, on compact disc, and standard black vinyl. A limited Black & White Splatter Vinyl edition including a Corb Lund autographed postcard, as well as an autographed compact disc edition, will be at Independent Retailers and is available for pre-order HERE via NEW WEST RECORDS.
Corb Lund’s UK/European Tour Dates:
28 May, 2024 – Amsterdam, NL – Tolhuistuin Zonzij
29 May, 2024 – Groningen, NL – Der Aa- Theater
30 May, 2024 – Hamburg, DE – Sporthalle Hamburg*
1 June, 2024 – Berlin, DE – Zitadelle Spandau*
2 June, 2024 – Leipzig, DE – Clara-Zetkin Park*
4 June, 2024 – Praha, CZ – Žluté lázně*
5 June, 2024 – Bratislava, SK – STARS auditorium*
6 June, 2024 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Park*
8 June, 2024 – Linz, Austria- Posthof*
9 June, 2024 – Stuttgart, DE – Wagenhallen Stuttgart*
11 June, 2024 – Archdioces Cologne, DE – Palladium*
12 June, 2024 – Wiesbaden, DE – Kulturzentrum Schlachthof*
13 June, 2024 – Munich, DE – Zenith*
18 June, 2024 – Paris, FR – Salle Pleyel*
19 June, 2024 – London, UK – Lower Third
(*w/ The Dead South)