Colin Meloy with John Roderickwith:
Colin Meloy – frontman and songwriter for The Decemberists – will play Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle on the second leg of his first solo tour in five years. He will be playing songs from throughout his career and debuting new material. In keeping with tradition, Meloy is recording an EP of cover songs to be sold on the tour. He has paid homage to Morrissey, Shirley Collins and Sam Cooke in the three earlier installments of the Colin Meloy Sings… series. His last solo outing coincided with the 2008 release of his first-ever live collection, Colin Meloy Sings Live!The tour, which is his first in five years, marks a return to music for Meloy, who has recently been devoting time to The Wildwood Chronicles, a series of novels for children that he created with his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis. The series debut, Wildwood (Balzer + Bray, 2011), was praised by The New York Times as a “richly satisfying weave of reality and fantasy.” Under Wildwood followed in 2012, and like the first, became a New York Times bestseller. Wildwood Imperium, the third volume, will be published February 4, 2014.The King Is Dead, the most recent studio album from The Decemberists, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2011 and contained “Down By The Water,” which received two GRAMMY® nominations. People Magazine hailed the album as “a straight-up folk-rock gem” while SPIN noted, “Stripping back to the basics not only reinforced the Decemberists' tight interplay and Meloy's gifts for melody and emotionally-rich storytelling, it also highlighted the singer's natural charisma." "For a band able to push the limits of songwriting, it’s a revelation, and a chance to see how deep simplicity goes. Very deep, it turns out,” said Rolling Stone, which ranked it in the top 10 of the year’s 50 best albums.