Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Handsome Family Joins Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy to Play Boulder Theater’s Sold Out 75th Anniversary Shows January 7th And 8th

Those lucky enough to score tickets to the sold out Jeff Tweedy shows at the Boulder Theater must have four leaf clover collections. The Handsome Family will be joining Wilco’s front-man for the January 7th and 8th shows which celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Boulder Theater.

The Handsome Family will begin a tour of the west coast January 19th in support of the self-released Scattered: A Further Collection of Lost Demos, Orphaned Songs and Odd Covers. The band has revisited their past for this album and gathered up treasures; a smattering of covers, alternate takes, unreleased songs and bits of their history. The CD is only available at tour dates and on their website, http://www.handsomefamily.com.The tour, which begins in Vancouver will take them down the west coast to Santa Monica.

The Handsome Family are known for Rennie’s evocative, descriptive lyrics, Brett’s deadpan baritone and their sparse, traditional bluegrass instrumentation. Their work has garnered praise from Pitchfork, Billboard, Spin, The BBC, Mojo and more. Their songs have been covered by many artists, most notably: Andrew Bird, Christy Moore, Cerys Matthews, The Sadies and Sally Timms. Honey Moon, the Sparks’ eighth studio album was released in 2009 to celebrate their 20th year of marriage.

Since starting Wilco in 1994 Jeff Tweedy has written original songs for seven Wilco albums, sold millions of records worldwide, won two Grammy Awards, and earned rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Wilco’s latest studio album, 2009’s Grammy-nominated Wilco (The Album) landed on many critics’ lists as one of the year’s best albums and Rolling Stone magazine cited Wilco’s 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as the 3rd best album of the decade. Tweedy has also toured frequently as a solo artist, playing intimate unscripted acoustic sets that draw from his 400-plus song repertoire. A departure from Wilco’s carefully orchestrated, sonically complex performances, the solo concerts showcase Tweedy’s prolific output as a songwriter, his proficiency as a guitarist and his wry sense of humor.

From opera to movies to disco to rock - the historic Boulder Theater has a diverse and colorful past that is being continued with a thriving present and is primed for an exciting future. The building as it stands today was designed by Robert Boller of Kansas City and had its Opening Night on January 9, 1936 with a screening of the Paramount Pictures film, "A Bride Comes Home".

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