photo by Matthew Mendenhall
Circles Around The Sun
Madison Live, 734 Madison Ave, Covington, KY
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Circles Around The Sun head out on their most extensive US Tour to date in support of their new double album, Let It Wander, out now on Rhino Records. Comprised by guitarist Neal Casal and keyboardist Adam MacDougall (bandmates in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood) along with bassist Dan Horne (Jonathan Wilson, Grateful Shred) and drummer Mark Levy (We Dream Dawn, Bonfire Dub), Circles Around The Sun will headline Madison Live in Covington, KY on Wednesday, June 12. With the band’s individual members busier than ever due to participation in other projects, the performance is a rare opportunity to experience the band live.
Initially, Circles Around the Sun (CATS) was only supposed to record a handful of Grateful Dead-influenced instrumentals to be played during the set breaks at the Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts in 2015. But the response was so positive, and the band was having so much fun making music together, that they all agreed to keep it going.
Let It Wander signals a new beginning for the band as they move beyond their original musical mandate of evoking the spirit of the Dead and fully embrace their own personality. “More than anything, what you hear on this album is a band growing into its own sound,” Casal says.
The songs on Let It Wander are focused and filled with imaginative musical turns. Horne and Levy form a veritable groove machine that knows intuitively when to tighten up and when to stretch out. They expand and collapse the rhythmic pocket around Casal and MacDougall, who pass melodies back and forth in an elaborate game of musical tag as they take turns adding color and shade from a seemingly endless kaleidoscope of cosmic sounds (Hear and share the album’s first single, “Immovable Object”).
Among the album’s highlights is “One For Chuck” featuring a surprise cameo by Chuck D. The charismatic leader of legendary hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy happened to stop by the studio while the band was listening to a song they’d just recorded. He raved to the band how much he loved the music, so they asked him to record an intro. He obliged, and they dedicated the song to him (Hear and share “One For Chuck” video here).
Let It Wander is available now on limited edition vinyl, CD and digital formats.
Circles Around The Sun
April 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Shred 420
April 27 – Austin, TX – Antone’s
April 28 – Houston, TX – Last Concert Cafe
April 30 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
May 1 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall
May 2 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
May 4 – New Orleans, LA – The Howlin Wolf
May 6 – Lexington, NC – High Rock Outfitters
May 7 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
May 8 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
May 9 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East
May 10 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
May 11 – Aiken, SC – Aiken Bluegrass Festival
May 30 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’s
May 31 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
June 1 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
June 2 – Fairfield, CT – The Warehouse
June 4 – Lancaster, PA – Zoetropolis
June 5 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
June 6 – Stephentown, NY – Disc Jam Music Festival
June 7 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
June 8 – Wellston, MI – Camp Greensky
June 11 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern
June 12 – Covington, KY – Madison Live
June 13 – St. Louis, MO – Atomic Cowboy Pavillion
June 14 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre
June 15 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
June 16 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
August 22 – Arrington, VA – LOCKN Festival