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Conil To Bring His anti-James Blunt Sounds to Festival Goers on Both Sides of the Pond

05/21/2010
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Conil has been called "the anti-James Blunt" for his dark, edgy, late-night music inspired by his "Strange Part Of The Country", the title of his debut full length disc on UK label Great Hare Records.

The new single, "Devil Leaving", features Peter Gabriel's band (since Gabriel left them at home while on his latest world tour which features Gabriel and an orchestra, but no drums or guitars), and was also produced by Blake. The result is a gumbo of cerebral and otherworldly rock music by a man with a raw and unique voice.

This summer will be a busy time for Conil as he treks across the UK to appear at numerous festivals as well as several US festivals. He will also have the honor of appearing at Lake Of Stars in Malawi.

With "one of this country's finest voices" his raw, animalistic growl sounds like he gargles with bourbon before smoking his breakfast then chews on gravel to get him through until night fall. But it's not just with his music that he makes a statement. He travels to cities around the world putting up signs declaring that this is a "Strange Part Of The Country". This unique artist is not afraid to get out on the streets to scream his story.

Inspired by wandering through the city at night, "Strange Part Of The Country" documents Conil's trail through the urban underbelly. Recording unusual ethnic instruments at night in his London home-studio, Conil would not leave the house for days until interrupted by one of his collaborators - legendary double bass player Danny Thompson (Nick Drake, Tim Buckley, John Martyn) and members of Peter Gabriel's band, who played on the record.

"Strange Part Of The Country" was mixed by multi-Grammy winner Tchad Blake, the man behind a number of Tom Waits and Pearl Jam records, at the LA producer's country hideout. Blake also produced several of the singles on the CD including "American Grapevine" and "Years Between" (which went to #3 on US Alternative Radio charts).

May 21 - Stag & Dagger @ Spread Eagle London, -, UNITED KINGDOM
Jun 2 - Rich Mix (Free Entry) w/ Tinashe London, -, UNITED KINGDOM
Jun 13 - Sellindge Festival Kent, GB
Jul 24 - Redfest Redhill, -, UNITED KINGDOM
Jul 31 - Cecil Sharp House London, -, UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 16 - Lake Of Stars Festival Malawi, MW
Oct 17 - Lake Of Stars Festival Malawi, MW

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