PB will be in NYC later this month visiting legendary listening rooms Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn on February 24 and Sid Gold's Request Room on February 25 before heading to Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge for a special performance with The Bag Boys, the local legends who were creating Americana long before the genre had a website and an army of preened publicists All of these shows will preview the new album coming your way soon.
PB & WPA Ballclub will once again appear at the Nashville Boogie Festival on May 25 in Music City USA along with Ronnie Spector, the B-52s, JD McPherson, and Wanda Jackson to name a few. Put your hair up, slip on some Slip On Mules and twist awhile. Visit the official website for ticket information.
Don't miss People Only Die of Love in Movies, the new collection of film writing by Jim Ridley edited by Steven Haruch. Jim was an award winning film critic and astute chronicler of Nashville and his passing in April 2016 left the community he championed heartbroken. Though Jim often said it was an honor to write about Nashville, the honor was ours. Jim's essay on Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg sums up our feelings of admiration and gratitude we feel to have known his friendship and support.
"When I watch it now, it reminds me of the doorjamb in my grandmother’s house with my height marked in pencil over the years, or the dresser with my own children’s measurements notched along the edge. In it I see the person I was and the person I turned out to be, but the object itself will always be the same. It will wait, forever."
MERIDIAN RISING An imagined autobiography of Jimmie Rodgers
Meridian Rising imagines the life of Jimmie Rodgers and features the WPA Ballclub with Billy Bragg, Jon Langford, Fats Kaplin, Tim O'Brien, William Tyler, and Garry Tallent. Stream it at Rolling Stone, read the NPR feature, and visit our tent shows below where all is revealed.
WXNA WORK PROGRESS RADIO HOUR
Tune in to PB's Works Progress Radio Hour on WXNA Thursday nights from 8-9pm (CST) streaming live on wxnafm.org and in Nashville at 101.5 FM featuring new, classic, and undiscovered music from around the world as well as revealing interviews from guests like film director Amir Bar-Lev (Long Strange Trip), New York art ensemble Landlady, photographer Jim Herrington, Billy Bragg, WPABs Fats Kaplin, and bassist and E Street Band co-founder, Garry Tallent. Check out the playlists and read more about WXNA here.