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John K. Samson Bio

Inspired by the search for connection and community, his hometown of Winnipeg, and our individual and collective struggles with addictions to drugs, screens, and fossil fuels, John K. Samson’s new full-length album, Winter Wheat, available now, is a sprawling, masterful and timely work by a writer at the peak of his powers.

Winter Wheat was produced in garages and homes through a Winnipeg winter by Samson’s partner and collaborator, Christine Fellows, and his Weakerthans co-founder and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Jason Tait, and mixed in the spring in Toronto by Robbie Lackritz (Bahamas, Feist). The spare and thoughtful arrangements also feature Greg Smith of The Weakerthans on electric bass, Ashley Au on double and electric bass, Leanne Zacharias on cello, and Shotgun Jimmie on electric guitar.

Several of the 15 songs, most directly Select All Delete, Vampire Alberta Blues, and VPW 13 Blues, are inspired by Neil Young’s enduring 1974 album On the Beach, and that record’s honest and unvarnished spirit is evident throughout Winter Wheat. Postdoc Blues follows an aging student struggling to maintain faith in the possibility of a better world, while Fellow Traveller is loosely based on the life of the British art critic and Soviet spy Anthony Blunt. 150 years of Winnipeg’s history is revealed in the two and a half minutes of Oldest Oak at Brookside, and Samson’s recurring characters Virtute the cat and her troubled human companion (from The Weakerthans songs Plea from a Cat Named Virtute and Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure) make their final appearances in 17th Street Treatment Centre and Virtute at Rest.

Like the crop itself, which is planted in the fall, sprouts, goes dormant through months of snow and rises in the spring, Winter Wheat is a determined, beautiful, resilient response to difficult and extraordinary times.

Shelter Valley Folk Festival tonight at 8:00 PM. Tomorrow is Orillia at The Brownstone Cafe

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Danke für eine tolle Tour durch Deutschland, Österreich und die Schweiz. Danke auch an Shotgun Jimmie & Sir Simon!

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Wichtige Durchsage an die Hamburger:
Beim Konzert am 27.05. im Uebel & Gefährlich ist schon um 19:30 Uhr Einlass - Sir Simon eröffnet um 20:30 Uhr.

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John K. Samson

John K. Samson

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I’m grateful for your thoughtful attention to the news displayed here at my artist facebook page. I don’t participate in social media myself, so all posts are made by the kind people at Epitaph/ANTI Records.

I’d be very happy to hear from you if you’d like to write me a letter or a postcard. I’m at P.O. Box 83, 971 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3M 3S3, Canada.

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A message from John:

I’m grateful for your thoughtful attention to the news displayed here at my artist facebook page. I don’t participate in social media myself, so all posts are made by the kind people at Epitaph/ANTI Records.

I’d be very happy to hear from you if you’d like to write me a letter or a postcard. I’m at P.O. Box 83, 971 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3M 3S3, Canada.

Thanks very ...

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the shows.

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John K. Samson will be playing the following shows in Europe in November / December:

JOHN K. SAMSON solo
Support: Sir Simon

29.11. BE - Eeklo, N9
30.11. Essen, Zeche Carl
01.12. CH - Zürich, Eldorado
02.12. A - Dornbirn, Conrad Sohm
03.12. Reutlingen, FranzK
04.12. Köln, Blue Shell
05.12. UK - Kingston, Fighting Cocks
06.12. UK - Manchester, Kraak (sold out)
08.12. UK - London, Oslo
09.12. Neunkirchen, Stummsche Reithalle
10.12. Wiesbaden, Schlachthof

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John has some solo shows lined up for November. He would also like you to know his curling team won their first game. www.johnksamson.com/updates

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John passes on his sincere thanks to all who attended the recent shows in Ontario. Just a reminder that this site is administered by his labels, and sometimes his tour manager, and he isn't active on Facebook. You can write to JKS at: PO Box 83, 971 Corydon Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3M 3S3, Canada.

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A message from John:

I’m grateful for your thoughtful attention to the news displayed here at my artist facebook page. I don’t participate in social media myself, so all posts are made by the kind people at Epitaph/ANTI Records.

I’d be very happy to hear from you if you’d like to write me a letter or a postcard. I’m at P.O. Box 83, 971 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3M 3S3, Canada.

Thanks very ...

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the shows.

See Original

John K. Samson will be playing the following shows in Europe in November / December:

JOHN K. SAMSON solo
Support: Sir Simon

29.11. BE - Eeklo, N9
30.11. Essen, Zeche Carl
01.12. CH - Zürich, Eldorado
02.12. A - Dornbirn, Conrad Sohm
03.12. Reutlingen, FranzK
04.12. Köln, Blue Shell
05.12. UK - Kingston, Fighting Cocks
06.12. UK - Manchester, Kraak (sold out)
08.12. UK - London, Oslo
09.12. Neunkirchen, Stummsche Reithalle
10.12. Wiesbaden, Schlachthof

Tickets can ...

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John has some solo shows lined up for November. He would also like you to know his curling team won their first game. www.johnksamson.com/updates

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John passes on his sincere thanks to all who attended the recent shows in Ontario. Just a reminder that this site is administered by his labels, and sometimes his tour manager, and he isn't active on Facebook. You can write to JKS at: PO Box 83, 971 Corydon Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3M 3S3, Canada.

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Shelter Valley Folk Festival tonight at 8:00 PM. Tomorrow is Orillia at The Brownstone Cafe

http://www.facebook.com/events/426307757406058

See Original

Danke für eine tolle Tour durch Deutschland, Österreich und die Schweiz. Danke auch an Shotgun Jimmie & Sir Simon!

See Original

Wichtige Durchsage an die Hamburger:
Beim Konzert am 27.05. im Uebel & Gefährlich ist schon um 19:30 Uhr Einlass - Sir Simon eröffnet um 20:30 Uhr.

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