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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: BARENAKED LADIES AND THE PERSUASIONS

BARENAKED LADIES JOIN FORCES WITH “KINGS OF A CAPPELLA” FOR

NEW LP OUT APRIL 14, 2017

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FRIDAY MARCH 10


Link to download hi-res LP cover: http://bit.ly/2mB83qX

The Persuasions B&W for download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B285Ss1W2hLEMkxvejlnNFZYSWs/view?usp=drive_web

(March 10, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) Barenaked Ladies have announced a very special collaboration with the legendary “Kings of A cappella” titled, Ladies And Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies And The Persuasions to be released April 14, 2017. Produced by Gavin Brown, the album features 14 tracks re-imagined BNL’s award-winning catalogue and the classic ‘Good Times’. BNL recorded the album live off the floor with The Persuasions last Fall at Noble Street Studios in Toronto.

Ladies And Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies And The Persuasions is available to pre-order on iTunes on March 10. Album and bundles featuring exclusive merchandise of Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasions will also be available worldwide through PledgeMusic. Each pre-order includes four instant-grat downloads of “The Old Apartment”, “Odds Are”, “Keepin’ It Real”, and “Don’t Shuffle Me Back”.

The video streaming app Sessions X filmed the entire session and will feature full-length performances, interviews, and behind the scenes moments. Sessions X will launch their BNL content on Wednesday, March 22.


WATCH + SHARE SESSIONS X TEASER TRAILER HERE

 

The seed for Ladies and Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies & The Persuasions was planted when Kevin Hearn befriended The Persuasions at Lou Reed’s memorial held at the legendary Apollo Theatre in 2013. The friendship led to an invitation for The Persuasions to perform with BNL at Central Park Summerstage during the Barenaked Ladies 2016 Last Summer On Earth tour. Both bands had such a fun time, they all agreed to “do more” together. Before hitting the studio together, and after running through about 25 songs from the BNL catalogue, both BNL and the Persuasions’s excitement grew and the songs were narrowed down to the final 15 tracks featured on the LP.


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Photo credit: Matt Barnes

Although The Persuasions enjoy a long, storied career, the group has admittedly never recorded an album in a room live, with the band performing the songs. Says Dave Revels, lead vocalist for The Persuasions “…with Barenaked Ladies, [their] music is passionate so I guess that’s why we identify with it…because we can feel passion so I think that’s why it was a natural union.”

Says BNL drummer Tyler Stewart, “To actually play with these guys who are veterans of music making for so long… everything that comes out of their mouths is dripping with soul and you can’t help but absorb some of that when you’re in the room.” 

Considering the once-in-a-lifetime feel of a musical project between two groups who have collectively released 40 albums across their careers, Sessions X, which is
an online subscription music series that features intimate performances straight from the stage or studio, was an opportunity to document the recording session, all of which was recorded over two days in October, 2016 in Toronto. Tyler Stewart described the collaboration as “Top three most fun things I’ve done” in his twenty six years of performing. Dave Revels, lead singer for The Persuasions described the collaboration as a “beautiful chemical reaction”.

Founded in 1962, The Persuasions first came together on the street corners of Brooklyn with a musical inventory deep rooted in gospel, with a major measure of soul, and a dose of pop. Featuring original members Jimmy Hayes and Jayotis Washington, along with Raymond Sanders and Dave Revels, their eclectic repertoire has drawn from country to blues to gospel to rock to jazz. The group has released 26 albums, performed in concert halls worldwide, and shared stages with such seminal artists as Lou Reed, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Richard Pryor and Frank Zappa.


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Currently, Barenaked Ladies are putting the finishing touches on their 16th studio album, Fake Nudes, expected to be released later this Fall. More information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Link to BNL + The Persuasions press photo: http://bit.ly/2mJVd6v

(Photo Credit: Matt Barnes)

Track Listing - Ladies And Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies And The Persuasions

01. Narrow Streets

02. Gonna Walk

03. Don’t Shuffle Me Back

04. The Old Apartment

05.Keepin’ It Real

06. For You

07. Some Fantastic

08. Good Times

09. Odds Are

10. Sound Of Your Voice

11. When I Fall

12. Maybe Katie

13. One Week

14. Four Seconds

15. I Can Sing

Catch the Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasions (select dates only) on tour this spring.

4/21/17

Albany, NY

The Egg w/The Persuasions

4/22/17

Valley Forge, PA

Valley Forge Casino

4/25/17

Huntington, NY

Paramount Theatre w/The Persuasions

4/27/17

Ridgefield, CT

Ridgefield Playhouse

4/28/17

Englewood, NJ

Bergen PAC w/The Persuasions

4/29/17

Burlington, VT

Flynn Theatre

4/30/17

Ithaca, NY

State Theatre

5/2/17

Rocky Mount, VA

Harvester Center

5/4/17

Catoosa, OK

The Joint at the Hard Rock

5/5/17

Tunica, MS

Bluesville at Horseshoe Casino

5/10/17

Des Moines, IA

Hoyt Sherman Palace

5/12/17

Deadwood, SD

Deadwood Mountain Grand

5/13/17

Colorado Springs, CO

Pikes Peak Center

5/15/17

St.Louis, MO

Peabody Opera House

5/16/17

Waukegan, IL

Genesee Theater


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