By on January 23, 2013


(Photo credit:  Andy Whale)

Dine Alone Records is honoured to announce the release of Billy Bragg’s first studio album in five years.  Produced by Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Joe Henry, Tooth & Nail is the legendary singer/songwriter’s tenth album and his first since 2008’s acclaimed Mr. Love and Justice.  The iTunes version of Tooth & Nail features a bonus track titled “Home” and can be pre-ordered as of February 19.  The album will be officially released via Dine Alone in Canada on March 19.


Inspired by a fan’s tweet referring to Bragg as “The Sherpa of Heartbreak,” the album’s twelve original tracks were written with an eye towards the personal rather than the political. “Most people, when they hear my name, think of polemical anthems born in struggle,” says Bragg. “I often find myself having to remind people that I am also the Sherpa of Heartbreak, writing songs about the struggle to maintain our relationships with those we love the most.” He adds, “It is fitting that Tooth & Nail should be my next release after the re-issue of the Billy Bragg & Wilco collaboration as, stylistically, it is the follow-up to Mermaid Avenue that I never made.” To read Bragg’s full statement about his new album, click here: http://bit.ly/ZMCdk5 


The album was recorded live, with no overdubs, in five days—an approach not used by Bragg since his 1983 debut Life’s a Riot With Spy Vs. Spy—at Joe Henry’s basement studio in Pasadena in early 2012. It features Bragg on vocals and acoustic guitar along with a band of crack musicians assembled by Henry for the recording: Greg Leisz (Bon Iver) on pedal steel guitar, Patrick Warren (Lana del Rey) on keyboards, Jay Bellerose (Regina Spektor) on drums and David Piltch (Ramblin’ Jack Elliot) on upright bass.


Bragg’s seven-week North American tour kicks off at SXSW in March and will bring him to Central and Western Canada for five shows.  See below for a full list of tour dates.


Track listing for Tooth & Nail:

01. January Song

02. No One Knows Nothing Anymore

03. Handyman Blues

04. I Ain’t Got No Home

05. Swallow My Pride

06. Do Unto Others

07. Over You

08. Goodbye, Goodbye

09. There Will Be A Reckoning

10. Chasing Rainbows

11. Your Name On My Tongue

12. Tomorrow’s Going To Be A Better Day

Billy Bragg North American Tour:

3/14 – 3/16 – SXSW – Austin, TX

3/23 – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO

3/24 – KiMo Theatre – Albuquerque, NM

3/26 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ

3/28 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

3/29 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA

3/30 – Petaluma, CA – McNear’s Mystic Theatre

4/02 – Aladdin Theatre – Portland, OR

4/03 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA

4/04 – Alix Goolden Hall – Victoria, BC

4/05 – Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC

4/06 – Live at the Royal – Nelson, BC

4/08 – MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB

4/09 – Orr Centre – Regina SK

4/10 – Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB

4/12 – City Winery – Chigao, IL
4/13 – City Winery – Chicago, IL

4/15 – The Englert Theatre – Iowa City, IA

4/17 – The Belcourt Theatre – Nashville, TN

4/19 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC

4/20 – Keswick Theatre – Glensdale, PA

4/21 – Mountain Stage – Morgantown, WV

4/22 – Rams Head Theatre – Annapolis, MD

4/26 – State Theater – Ithaca, NY

4/27 – Town Hall – New York, NY

4/28 – Berklee Performance Center – Boston, MA

4/30 – The Southgate House Revival – Cincinnati, OH

5/01 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI

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