An Elton-and-Professor Longhair Combo

If you’ve ever wanted to see a tremendous singer-songwriter who plays piano like the child of Elton John and Professor Longhair, then this is your lucky Saturday. My friend Beth McKee will be playing tonight at the Muddy Creek Music Hall, along with a deep groovin’ drummer and a multi-instrumentalist. She has been nice enough to invite me to join them for a song or two, so I’ll be the one who’s trying to keep up.

The show starts right at 8 p.m. For tickets and more info, click here.

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Stand Against HB2 Shows

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Photo: John Gessner

We had a great time playing for an even better cause at the Stand Against HB2 show at Haw River Ballroom last month. The benefit – which supports and raises money for EqualityNC – was such a success that we’re doing it again in Winston-Salem.

The next Stand Against HB2 concert will be held on Sunday, June 26 at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Advance tickets are available through this link and tickets will also be sold at the door. All ticket proceeds will be donated to EqualityNC and QORDS. Hope to see you there!

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“Young Tigers” in No Depression

No Depression added our song “Young Tigers Disappear” to its list of politically charged tracks (including “What’s Goin’ On,” so we’re in good company) that you “probably won’t hear at a Clinton or Trump rally.”

Check out the rest of the list – and the interview with Peter Case that preceded it – here.

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New Video: “Young Tigers Disappear”

Jeffrey Dean Foster has released his newest music video for the track “Young Tigers Disappear,” the latest single from his critically acclaimed album The Arrow.

“I think that the big view of the song could be heard as anti-war, but the zoomed-in, micro view is about the old and rich sending the young and poor out to fight their wars,” Foster explained. “It has happened forever. It’s been a while since one of our leaders was actually out front, leading the charge on a horse.”

The video for “Young Tigers Disappear” was directed by documentary filmmaker Tom Green, who echoed Foster’s sentiments. “I think in today’s extremely polarized political environment, it’s good to envision how we can avoid conflict rather than enflame it,” Green said. “I wanted to do a video that was true to the anti-war message of the song, but also true to Jeff’s kind spirit. If we could all learn to express our opinions through art rather than divisive speech, I think we’d all be better off.”

In addition to Green’s talents, the video also includes Civil War re-enactors representing the 28th Regiment NC Troops and “40 kids with sticks,” who were all recruited through local drama organizations.

“After I wrote the song, I started to wonder if it was too topical, explicit or even obsolete,” Foster said “Sadly, it seems like it won’t be obsolete for years to come.”

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“Ashes to Ashes”

When people ask me what kind of music I make, I usually say ‘just some combination of Hank Williams and David Bowie,’ and I’m totally serious. I’ve never gotten close to either of those guys’ artistry, but I’m so glad that I soaked up that kind of beauty in my life. I gave this cover of “Ashes to Ashes” a shot during last weekend’s show at Muddy Creek Music Hall, as a way of saying thank you, David Jones. Thank you.

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Relish & Don Dixon

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“Don Dixon has had a hand in virtually every record Jeffrey Dean Foster has ever made — even when he wasn’t invited. ‘I opened the door and there was Dixon,’ Foster said over ginger ales at Single Brothers. “He just showed up. He said, ‘I’m here — what do you want me to do?’”

– Eddie Huffman was nice enough to interview me for Relish, where we talked about my longtime musical partnership with Don Dixon, our collaborations on The Arrow and why he deserves a lot of the credit for that Pinetops record. You can check out the whole article HERE.

Don Dixon will be opening for The Yes Men and me at The Garage on Friday, August 27 and then, two nights later, I’ll return the favor and open for his Jump Rabbits at The Evening Muse in Charlotte on Sunday, August 29.

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Springsteen & Late Summer Shows

Photo: John Gessner

Photo: John Gessner

Thank you to everyone who came out to The Garage on Saturday night (and thanks to Amigo for pulling me onstage for “Rockin’ in the Free World”) and those who made it to the Cat’s Cradle in time for Steve Forbert’s opening act (and a thank you to my longtime pal Lynn Blakey for joining me).

I’ll be back at The Garage on Friday, July 17, singing some Springsteen as part of the Vagabond Saints Society’s “Because The Night” show, a full-on, two-part tribute to New Jersey’s finest export.

And just a reminder that the Yes Men and I will be back at The Garage with Don Dixon on Friday, August 28 and then swapping places on the bill on Sunday, August 30 when I open for him and his Jump Rabbits at The Evening Muse in Charlotte.

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Steve Forbert at Cat’s Cradle

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Hey folks, I have some late-breaking news for you all. I will be opening for Steve Forbert at The Cat’s Cradle Back Room this Sunday evening, July 12. Steve is one of the best songwriters on the planet, a completely original singer and his Alive On Arrival record is one of my all-time favorites.

Showtime is an early 7 p.m. and tickets are available by clicking here. Spread the word and, as always, I hope to see you there.

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Heavy Rebel & The Garage

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Hey folks, just wanted to give you the lowdown on the shows I have coming up within the next week. First up, on Friday, July 3, I will perform a solo acoustic set at Winston-Salem’s brand new (and air-conditioned) Mast General Store at 7pm to help kick off Heavy Rebel Weekender.

On Saturday, July 11, I’ll still be all by myself at The Garage with my pals Amigo. They’re one of my fave combos, so spread the word and come out early. The night kicks off at 9 pm. Hope to see you in either spot – or both!

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Summer Dates

Hey folks, I know it’s been a while. I have a few dates coming up this summer – both solo and with the full band – and we’d love to see you out sometime, standing under that giant fan at The Garage or in Charlotte when we’re playing with our pal Don Dixon.

Friday, July 3: Mast General Store, Winston-Salem as part of Heavy Rebel Weekender (We’ll have more details about this one within the next week or so)

Saturday, July 11: The Garage, Winston-Salem (with Amigo)

Friday, August 28: The Garage, Winston-Salem (with Don Dixon)

Sunday, August 30: The Evening Muse, Charlotte (with Don Dixon and The Jump Rabbits)

And there are more shows coming!

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