Parsonsfield Capture Live Energy And “Sonic Evolution” On New Album, Premiering Via American Songwriter
The new Parsonsfield album Blooming Through The Black, out tomorrow on Signature Sounds, premieres via American Songwriter, who says the new album “captures both the live energy the band has come to be known for as well as the sonic evolution that occurred after months of feeling stagnant.” Stream Blooming Through The Black here.
Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Elephant Revival) produced Blooming Through The Black, and also helped Parsonsfield convert an old axe factory on the banks of the Farmington River in Connecticut into the studio where they would record the stirring new album.
Creating in such a unique and enormous space pushed the band to embrace understatement and subtlety to balance out the their natural exuberance and energy. The result is an album that finds the band deftly moving between driving anthems and quieter, more reflective tracks. And throughout Blooming Through The Black, the band continues to hone their unbelievable harmonies.
The album has already received some early praise, here’s what we’ve been hearing:
"The quintet Parsonsfield is based in western Massachusetts, but their music draws on the string bands of Appalachia. At least in part. They also like to crank up the amps and pin your ears to the wall.”
"A lot of string bands like to talk about how they are innovating, but Parsonsfield actually delivers on that promise...their sound kick out the windows of what most people think of folk and bluegrass."
The band began a 38-date fall tour last night in NYC at a packed Mercury Lounge, full list of remaining tour dates are below.
Watch videos for three of Blooming Through The Black standouts:
Parsonsfield 2016 Fall Tour Dates
9/09 New Market NH @ Stone Church
9/10 Brownfield ME @ Stone Mountain
9/15 Buffalo NY @ 9th Ward
9/16 Syracuse NY @ Nelson Odeon
9/17 Willimantic CT @ The Eclectic
9/18 North Adams MA @ FreshGrass
9/23 Winona MN @ Boats & Bluegrass Festival
9/25 Cincinnati OH @ Midpoint Music Festival
9/26 Chicago IL @ Thalia Hall (with Josh Ritter)
9/28 Minneapolis MN @ Turf Club
9/29 Spearfish, SD @ Back Porch
9/30 Bozeman MT @ Live From The Divide
10/1 Missoula MT @ Stage 112
10/4 Bellingham WA @ The Green Frog
10/5 Seattle WA @ The Sunset Tavern
10/6 Portland, OR @ White Eagle
10/8 Arcata, CA @ Humboldt Brews
10/9 San Francisco CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
10/20 Northampton MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
10/21 Saranac Lake NY @ BluSeed Studios
10/22 Northampton MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
10/26 Pittsburgh PA @ Club Café
10/27 Ann Arbor MI @ The Ark
10/28 Petosky MI @ Blissfest
10/29 Chicago IL @ Schuba’s
10/30 Cedar Rapids IA @ CSPS Hall
11/2 Madison IN @ River Roots
11/3 Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom
11/4 Toronto ON @ Dakota
11/5 Millheim PA @ Elk Creek
11/10 Thomas WV @ Purple Fiddle
11/11 Arlington VA @ Iota
11/12 Philadelphia PA @ Boot & Saddle
11/13 Annapolis MD @ Rams Head
11/17 Boston MA @ Oberon
11/18 Providence RI @ Fete
11/19 Burlington VT @ Higher Ground
For more information on Parsonsfield, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.703.8361.