Foy Vance, the award-winning Northern Irish singer-songwriter is launching a new tour this fall, making a stop in Nashville on October 19! This will be his first live dates in over two years.
Vance will release two albums this year, including From Muscle Shoals out June 29 on Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records and To Memphis following in September. The albums are intended as companion pieces and pay homage to the deeply rooted Soul and Americana traditions that have influenced Vance’s approach to songwriting.
Co-produced by Foy Vance with Ben Tanner, From Muscle Shoals was recorded at the legendary FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The album features two of the original ‘Swampers’ house band that played on so many iconic hits of the 1960s and 1970s, Spooner Oldham and David Hood, alongside a crack team of session musicians and singers.
Seeking inspiration for his fourth album, Vance was digging out old demos when he came across a handful of songs he had labeled “Soul” and “Americana.” This discovery became the catalyst for the two new albums, with the “Soul” songs providing the genesis of From Muscle Shoals and the “Americana” songs forming the basis of To Memphis, recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
“When I had demoed the soul songs years ago, I had tried to emulate the old school southern soul sound of Muscle Shoals,” explains Vance. “So, when I came across this collection of songs again, I knew immediately where I needed to go to document them. I suppose that is really what this project is. Documenting songs that would otherwise go unheard.”
There will be a new studio album from Vance in 2020, a more traditional follow-up to The Wild Swan which contained the Radio 2 playlisted singles “Coco,” “Upbeat Feelgood,” and “Noam Chomsky Is a Soft Revolution.” Vance’s previous album, Joy of Nothing, won the inaugural Northern Ireland Music Prize for Best Album in 2013.
Tickets for Foy Vance go on sale Friday, June 7, at 10:00 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St.