Backroad Carnival was officially released in France in November 2017 (Inouïe Distribution) and a couple of months earlier worldwide. It’s been getting some great reviews and radio play in the UK and French media. The album release concert will take place at the Studio de l’Ermitage on January 26, 2018 featuring the full band plus some very special guests!
The band is excited to hit the road – touring southern England, Wales and the Midlands in March, dates here. It’s been 3 years since my last tour in the UK. To think for a while there I was touring Blighty 2-3 times a year! When we get back to France, Renaud Ollivier (percussion/drums) and I will be opening for the one and only Lucky Peterson.
Stay tuned for a couple of live videos shot by the dudes at Loustic Sessions, and more news in the coming weeks. Oh yeah, and here’s a fun stop-motion clip of my tune “Pigeon Man”, shot by some talented students over at the Ecole de la Cité in Saint-Denis!
Had a hot, sticky, swampy, riotous, and bodacious time at the Studio de l’Ermitage for my pre-release album concert featuring the full band (David Chalumeau, Thomas Garoche, Daniel Mizrahi, Renaud Ollivier, Yann Seznec) + the Fierce Flowers (Leopoldine Guillaume, Shushan Kerovpyan, and Julia Zech). The album will be officially released on November 17, 2017.
Here are a couple of iphone vids from the night:
I’m super happy to announce the release of my new album Backroad Carnival, to be released June 7, 2017 on vinyl, CD and digital download. To help get this release out there in a proper way with a press campaign, and to pay for the mastering, the artwork and to pay the engineers and the musicians on this album, I’ve launched a kickstarter. There are lots of rewards including tickets to the album release concert in June, and special guitar players packages! Thanks for any help you can provide.
In September 2016 I recorded a video lesson of New Orleans-inspired guitar tunes at Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop in New York City. It is now available! Buy it here. We even recorded an hour long interview with guitar and banjo songs for the curious and diehard fans 🙂
A little bit of news…My Ethiopian band Damakase released our debut album, Gunfan Yellem! in mid September. Recorded in my glasshouse studio in Addis, mixed and mastered by Addis producer Kenny Allen, we are very happy with the outcome! We are playing several shows in the next couple of months – one in Addis and two in the Paris metropolitan area. Check out this clip, shot in Entoto forest by Gonzalo Guajardo:
I was recently in New York City to shoot an instructional guitar video for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop of some of my arrangements of New Orleans-style rumba, blues and gospel music including two renditions of the great Snooks Eaglin’s tunes, and an arrangement of a James Booker tune. It was a lot of fun (and a bit of a challenge to break it all down!) and an honor to be asked by Stefan to do this.
Lastly, I am finalizing the mixes for my 2nd solo album, featuring some tremendous musicians and recorded (much of it analog) at the great Tonehouse Studios in Noisy-le-Roi. The release is being pushed to Spring 2017 to have time for promotion and putting shows together. Check out the dates page to see where I will be playing, whether with the full Paris-based band, solo, duo, etc!
After a fantastic foray in France, with gigs in Digne, Marseille, Montpellier, Cholet (near Nantes), Massy, Courbevoie, Lagny-sur-Marne, Charenton, Marcy l’Etoile (Lyon), and Paris, the band is now taking a breather to focus on Cory’s new album. Recorded on a Studer reel-to-reel at Tonehouse Studios in Noisy-le-Roi, the energy will be a little more electric, a little more amped up than Beauty In The Dirt all the while retaining the same raw spirit of experimentation and fusion.
The album should be released sometime in the autumn with an album release concert planned for Nov-Dec 2016.
Groanbox recently released its sixth album to celebrate its tenth anniversary as a band. We’ll be at the Breckenridge Festival in Colorado in August. Listen to the album…
Check out my band MistO-MistO‘s latest clip, Ambassel, directed by Israel Seaone.
Sometime over the next several months, my Ethiopian band MistO-MistO will be releasing its debut album, and my old band Groanbox its sixth. In the meantime, here are a couple of new Cory Seznec and band clips. I’ll be back in the Paris area in March to do a week’s worth of shows.