For Immediate Release April 23, 2015
SARAH BORGES HITS THE STUDIO WITH ERIC ROSCOE AMBEL
Singer/Songwriter Slated For Solo Tour & Dave Alvin’s ‘West of the West’ Train Trip
(BOSTON) – Singer/songwriter Sarah Borges will enter the studio later this month to record her follow-up to Radio Sweetheart. The new album, due via Dry Lightning Records in early 2016, will be produced by Eric Roscoe Ambel (Steve Earle, the Yayhoos, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), who will also play guitar on the tracks.
“The new record is a kind of laying bare,” reveals Boston-based Borges. “It’s the first time I’ve gone away from home to record, without members of my own band, with songs that I’ve written specifically for the album. Most of them pertain to the last couple of years of my life, which have been among the most personally challenging. I’m trying to make a record that sounds like my inner core.” The not-yet-titled album will be her third solo record and sixth overall (with her former group, Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles).
Borges is in the middle of a fundraising campaign titled, “Songs by Second,” to help finance the album. The campaign, which is held through her website (direct link: http://www.sarahborges.portmerch.com/stores/home.php) fans to purchase a variety of customized – i.e., made just for the purchasing fan – musical offerings, including a ringtone ($50), a 30-second voicemail song ($100), a 60-second song ($250), a full song ($500), and the ability to pre-order the new album with naming their own price (minimum donation is $25). Fans can even choose the topic or theme of the song. “It could be to an ode to a sweetheart, or a 1000 second opus to a hater. You name it; I make it,” she says.
Borges has also been invited to perform on Dave Alvin’s “West of the West” train trip, which also features Dave and Phil Alvin, John Doe, Robbie Fulks, Peter Case, and Jon Dee Graham, among others. “It’s a real coup for me and I’m excited to share the stage with so many artists I adore and who really perk up the Americana fans’ ears,” she says. The tour is running from April 17-27 and treks through California, Texas, Illinois, and Colorado.
Another special leg on Borges’ busy touring schedule is the Muscle Shoals Revue with singer/songwriter Amy Black. The shows come in the wake of Boston-based Black’s EP “The Muscle Shoals Session,” which was recorded last summer in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Spooner Oldham. Borges and Black will perform music that came out of the famous music city in the ’60s and ’70s, including classics by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Lou Rawls, Bob Dylan, and others.
Another cherry on the top of her touring plans is a performance on Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders, a variety/vaudeville show at the City Winery in New York City on May 8. The show, which the New York Times says is “one of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer,” has a regular NPR broadcast.
These special dates are truly testaments to Borges’ growing diversity as an artist. On her previous recordings, she had won over such influential media outlets as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, USA Today, Creative Loafing, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post, among others. Her music also caught the attention of executives at NBC who included her song, “I’ll Show You How,” on an episode of the drama, “The Night Shift,” last year. “‘I’ll Show You How’ blends a feisty attitude with a twangy sound,” wrote The Washington Post.
Other accolades include Rolling Stone magazine describing the multi-faceted artist as “friendly pop–rock with bits of twang, rockabilly, and 50’s pop.” The New York Times raved: “[She’s] a modern-minded honky-tonker with a retro streak.” Paste magazine hits the nail on the head when they wrote, “She has all the good parts of Sheryl Crow’s sound without the L.A. pop suckdom.”
Her new album is the follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed Radio Sweetheart, which was produced by Steve Berlin, best known as keyboardist and saxophonist for the Chicano-rock group Los Lobos. The release also featured guest appearances from NRBQ’s piano player Terry Adams.
Sarah Borges Tour Dates (*solo acoustic shows)
April 3, Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge MA
April 21, City Winery Chicago (w/Dave Alvin, Jon Dee Graham, Jon Langford, Christy McWilson and Rick Shea) *
April 22-23, Dave Alvin’s West of the West Train Tour (w/Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Robbie Fulks, Christy McWilson and Rick Shea) *
April 30, Johnny D’s, Somerville, MA (w/NRBQ) *
May 2, WMNF Tropical Heatwave Festival, Tampa, FL
May 8, City Winery NYC, Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders (w/Eugene Mirman, Amber Tamblyn, Peter Straub, Emma Straub) *
May 9, Crossroads Music Series, North Andover, MA
May 16, Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge, MA
May 23, Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA
May 29, Mother Brook Arts and Community Center, Dedham, MA
May 30, Model Cafe, Allston, MA, Awesome Day Fest *
June 19, Portsmouth Book and Bar, Portsmouth, NH *
June 27, Studio 84 House Concert, Middleboro, MA *
July 2, FitzGerald’s American Music Festival, Berwyn, IL
July 3, First Fridays, Goshen, IN (Muscle Shoals Revue)
July 4, FitzGerald’s American Music Fest, Berwyn, IL (Muscle Shoals Revue)
July 5, The Livery, Benton Harbor, MI (Muscle Shoals Revue)
July 7, Natalie’s, Worthington, OH (Muscle Shoals Revue)
July 8, Beachland Ballroom Tavern, Cleveland, OH (Muscle Shoals Revue)
July 9, Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY (Muscle Shoals Revue)
July 10, The Stage at KDHX, St. Louis, MO (Muscle Shoals Revue)
July 11, Knucklehead’s, Kansas City, MO (Muscle Shoals Revue)
July 30, Ashland Coffee and Tea, Ashland, VA (Muscle Shoals Revue)
July 31, World Cafe Live Upstairs, Philadelphia, PA (Muscle Shoals Revue)
August 1, Avalon Theater, Easton, MD (PRIVATE EVENT) (Muscle Shoals Revue)
August 2, Gypsy Sally’s, Washington DC (Muscle Shoals Revue)
August 5, The Saint (Muscle Shoals Revue)
August 6, Ram’s Head On Stage, Annapolis, MD (Muscle Shoals Revue)
August 21, Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA (Muscle Shoals Revue)
August 22, Front Street House Concert, Hopkinton, MA
August 23, Bridge Street Live, Collinsville, CT (Muscle Shoals Revue)
August 27, Daryl’s House, Pawling, NY (Muscle Shoals Revue))
August 28, The Center For the Arts in Natick, Natick, MA
August 29, Portuguese American Civic Club, Taunton, MA
November 28, Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA