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Arthur Buck Debut New Video, U.S. Tour Begins This Evening In Seattle

Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck of R.E.M. fame will begin their first ever tour in support of their debut album, Arthur Buck (New West Records), this evening in Seattle. The band will also be performing live on KEXP today at 3PM PST. Their thirteen-city tour will visit: Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Athens, Atlanta, Nashville, Philadelphia, Boston, Brooklyn, Washington D.C., Chicago and Minneapolis.

In addition to Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck, the live band will consist of Scott McCaughey (Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M., The Baseball Project) on bass, Linda Pitmon (Minus 5, Filthy Friends, The Baseball Project) on drums, and Gregg Foreman (Pharmacy, Delta 72, Cat Power) on Keyboards.

Today a brand new video for the track “The Wanderer” makes its debut. Watch it here:

The Arthur Buck album was produced by Joseph Arthur and mixed by Tchad Blake (U2, Pearl Jam, The Black Keys) with all of its songs co-written by the duo. In their rave review of the album, Uncut Magazinestated that the “Veterans sound renewed on the anthem-filled collaboration” and said of its lead off track, “Buck’s chiming acoustic pattern on ‘I Am The Moment’ echoes the sylvan glory of R.E.M.’s Out Of Time, setting up the LP’s prevailing theme of hopeful anticipation.” While SPIN.com said “Many of the tunes emerged after the duo’s chance meeting in Todos Santos, the Mexican town Buck calls his second home. This sense of discovery shines through the record’s layers of polish. Its immediacy makes Arthur Buck a rarity in 2018: a record that wears its messy heart, as pleased with its flaws as it is with its power.”

The two musicians have a history that stretches back decades; among other pairings, Arthur opened many shows for R.E.M. in the early 2000s, while Buck has backed Arthur on numerous occasions. Both Arthur and Buck have said that these songs differ from their other recording projects and while speaking with Rolling Stone, Buck said “It was really spontaneous and kind of magical in its own way, as [being in Mexico] we were kind of disconnected from everything.” Arthur added, “All of a sudden it was like I had this musical partner and friend, and that relieved the music of the burden of the self, if that makes sense.” Of his new bandmate, Buck stated, “Joe is going through that searching period we all go through in life. And those experiences he’s having make this a very forward-looking record, lyrically. The music has a questing kind of feel. We were making it up as we went along.”

Arthur Buck U.S. Tour:

September 7th – Seattle, WA The Crocodile
September 8th – Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
September 10th – San Francisco, CA The Independent
September 11th – Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom
September 13th – Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
September 15th – Atlanta, GA – Music Midtown Festival
September 16th – Nashville, TN The Basement East
September 18th – Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live – Downstairs
September 19th – Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
September 20th – Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 21st – Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
September 23rd – Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
September 24th – Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry