Sunday, November 11, 2012

Old Man Luedecke to Release 'Tender is the Night' November 13 Produced by Tim O’Brien


Old Man Luedecke is not actually old; instead, the multiple Juno winner is a young man with an old soul’s gift for storytelling. On his fourth album, Tender is the Night, produced by Grammy-winning Americana stalwart Tim O’Brien, Luedecke (Lude-ah-Kah) goes beyond his beloved solo banjo-driven folk tunes. With Nashville providing the inspirational backdrop, he surrounded himself with the top players in folk and bluegrass music, including O’Brien, bassist Mike Bub and drummer Kenny Malone. The album releases in the US November 13 on True North Records, with an accompanying tour with O’Brien in November, as well as a deeper touring push into the states throughout 2013.

After touring the globe and becoming a father to twin girls, Luedecke has found a new confidence in himself and his art. With a penchant for language, he gives nod to F.R. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel, a title lifted from John Keats poem, ‘Ode To A Nightingale.’ The songs are rich in metaphor, heart and instrumentation, musing on love, art and purpose, with skillful precision and a storyteller’s heart. 


“I am running like everyone else. Laughing just to keep from crying. I am always trying to find a way to express,” says Luedecke. “I am a prisoner for my appreciation for language; language that moves me is language that is unusual. I feel like it’s an important thing I can contribute to songwriting.” 

“The songs are about a variety of topics, a meditation on art and ambition is present in a lot of what I do. Art and whether there is spiritual success without worldly success, that’s at the heart of Tender Is The Night,” says Luedecke. “I have always liked and modeled myself on the ruffian qualities, I was attracted to the purity, misguided notions, and honesty.”

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