This was a night of essential songs and great playing and singing. Thanks Jeffrey and Mark—Bravo. Thanks also to Rodney Bursiel for these photos and to Keith Gary and the Blue Rock team for the highlight video. Hats off to our amazing community for this fine experience. - BC
It's about time for a night of murder ballads! Critically acclaimed veterans of the Americana circuit in the United States, each having made a series of well-received solo albums, Mark Erelli and Jeffrey Foucault team up for the first time on Seven Curses and the result is by turns rollicking and chilling, raw and poignant, a timeless interpretation of a classic American genre. Exploring elemental themes of love and death, Foucault and Erelli execute uncanny harmony arrangements with songs that decidedly expand the genre. Jaunty and doomed, the characters in these songs inhabit a world where everything hinges on a single irretrievable act, and a reckoning looms.
Jeffrey Foucault was 17 when he began playing John Prine songs on his father’s guitar. His self-released 2001 debut album, Miles from the Lightning, led to heavy touring with the likes of Guy Clark and Greg Brown. In 2003, he joined with touring partners Kris Delmhorst and Peter Mulvey in the trio Redbird, which released a self-titled album. In 2004 the Wisconsin native, who now lives in western Massachusetts, followed with his own Stripping Cane, an album that engaged mandolin, banjo and varied guitar texturing in an effort designed to “pry sweetness from an unforgiving source,” as Foucault said of this title song.
Mark Erelli has won several writer's awards, from the Kerrville New Folk contest in 1999 to the 2006 International Song Contest. For the past 10 years, he has kept a rigorous, international touring schedule, sharing the stage with Dave Alvin, Gillian Welch, John Hiatt and others, as well appearing at many major folk festivals, including Newport, Philadelphia and Shrewsbury (UK). In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman, accompanying artists such as Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall. Mark also holds a graduate degree in evolutionary biology.