We are proud to announce that Mark Eitzel and Stephin Merritt will play the newly renovated Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University on July 30 as part of Duke Performances’ summer concert series and Merge’s 25th anniversary! Mark will continue the celebration with a short string of east coast dates in early August, some of which include Bruce Kaphan of American Music Club fame and Patrick Main on piano.
After a string of bad luck that included a heart attack that set him back several months and the implosion of his band American Music Club, Mark Eitzel fortuitously found himself in the studio with celebrated producer Sheldon Gomberg (Rickie Lee Jones, Ron Sexsmith, Ben Harper), thanks to the generosity of an old friend. The result is Eitzel’s finest solo album in over a decade. Inspired by his experience writing a musical, Mark’s songwriting is simpler on this record and lyrically reflects a more straight-ahead approach. Order Don't Be a Stranger on CD or LP in the Merge store now.
"If Leonard Cohen’s voice is a story about the passage of time and Levon Helm’s is a story about losing what is most precious to you, Eitzel’s is about the circuitous roads we take in search of ourselves." —Pitchfork
Mark Eitzel on tour:
Jun 08 Austin, TX – Cactus Cafe
Jun 27 Portland, OR – Disjecta Quiet Music Festival
Jun 28 Seattle, WA – Barboza at Neumos
Jul 30 Durham, NC – Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University (Merge 25 w/ Stephin Merritt)
Aug 01 Somerville, MA – Johnny D's
Aug 02 Brooklyn, NY – The Wick
Aug 03 Arlington, VA – IOTA Club & Cafe