Thursday, April 3, 2008
Platinum-selling British singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner is playing two dates this month at Schubas - April 18 and 19.
According to Rolling Stone, "if Prince was an English hippie who was obsessed with Bobby McFerrin-esque percussion and had long cinnamon dreadlocks, you'd have Faulkner." Now there's a combination you really can't ignore.
The 23-year-old Faulkner is touring the U.S. in support of his debut record, Hand Built by Robots, which comes out April 29. The album already spent two weeks at number one in Faulkner's native land, also grabbing the top spot on the U.K. iTunes for six straight weeks.
Here is a bit more info taken from Faulkner's press release:
On Hand Built By Robots—which includes the single “Dream Catch Me”—Faulkner combines finger-picking, string-tapping and percussive drumming on the guitar’s body to generate both melody and rhythm on the same instrument. “Tapping,” explains Faulkner, “is prodding the strings really hard with your other hand, your picking hand. You can have stuff coming from both sides of the strings—you get two notes and they harmonize themselves.”
Faulkner seems to be a talented songwriter who draws upon a variety of sounds and influences, which always makes for an artist worth looking into. You can listen to some of his tunes on his MySpace page and pick up tickets to either of the upcoming gigs here.