New Orleans-native crash announced summer tour dates through this summer, including a special KCRW “Made in LA” series performance at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on July 17 and on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman in late July.
The tour follows the recent release of his debut album Hardly Criminal, “an eclectic amalgam of all the music that has come into crash’s path since his childhood in Louisiana.” The diverse musical landscape of New Orleans influenced crash heavily, yielding songs evoking 60s soul, intimate folk and old time country. The album was produced and engineered by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros lead guitarist Mark Noseworthy.
One of the new songs from Hardly Criminal is “High Wall,” where crash recounts his time in New Orleans during the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina — a moment when he lost all of his possessions and was forced out of his home, eventually leading him all the way to Los Angeles. “High Wall” is a musical account of crash’s relocation, and is also a stirring testament from somebody who witnessed the effects of the devastating moment in American history firsthand, in a place he called home.
“We are all aware that many lives in New Orleans were dismantled by Katrina and left scattered about the country,” said crash, former lead singer of LA’s The Deadly Syndrome. “I am but one of so many forced to make good from the absolute worst of situations. That’s the biggest point of this tragedy, these new stories being written of hopeful, arching triumph. When I finally got to writing the song ‘High Wall,’ it became a personal exploration on the question of, ‘what is most important? What do we value most as people?’ And how quickly what we love and treasure can all be taken away. As for myself, Hardly Criminal is my new story, my reunited family, my rebuilt home, my recovered store. It is my triumphant moment after the storm and its fierce wreckage.”
Crash has been opening for ESMZ during the band’s spring tour, backed up by Noseworthy, drummer Josh Collazo, bassist Seth-Ford Young, Stewart Cole, guitarist Christian Letts and guitarist Nico Aglietti.
Upcoming crash Tour Dates
7/11 – Basilica Block Party, Minneapolis
7/13 – The Ride Festival (NightRide official afterparty) – Telluride, Colo.
7/17 – KCRW “Made in LA” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
7/28 – Communion Presents crash at Rockwood Music Hall – N.Y.
7/29 – Communion Presents crash at Union Pool – Brooklyn, N.Y.
7/30 – Letterman taping
8/01 – Gathering of the Vibes Festival, Bridgeport, Conn.
10/19 – Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Clearwater, Fla.