James Jackson Toth Takes “Waiting” on the Road

 

 

The Artist Formerly Known As Wooden Wand promotes his debut solo LP.

By Fred
Mills

 

You’ve read the official
BLURT review
of the album.

 

You’ve read the official
BLURT interview
with its creator.

 

Now you can catch James
Jackson Toth (a.k.a. The Artist Formerly Known As Wooden Wand) on tour in
support of his debut solo platter, Waiting
In Vain
issued last week by Ryko. According to his label Toth, wife Jexie Lynn, Wymond Miles on guitar and keys, Shayde Sartin on bass and Richard
Gowen
on drums will be on the road starting in mid August and running
through September, joined with what Ryko describes as “surprise guests in
select cities. The 5-piece band will play mostly songs off of the new album,
though they will be drastically overhauled and changed from the album
versions.”

 

Toth added, “Some of this is
going to be hard to recreate live, so we may try to change and adapt it, maybe
do ‘Midnight Watchman’ loud and fast, then slow another number down. The idea
that people merely want to hear a record recreated in a crowded, smoky room and
pay seven dollars for drinks – I never understood that.”

 

 

TAFKAWW is joined on tour
with The Dutchess & The Duke,
a duo of childhood friends who play dark folk music reminiscent of early Bob
Dylan and Leonard Cohen.  Kimberly Morrison and Jesse Lortz are the pair
who released their She’s the
Dutchess, He’s the Duke
debut
on Hardly Art in July, and you can read the BLURT review HERE. Toth will
continue touring after his solo bout by opening up for the Silver Jews,
starting in mid-September. 

 

 

James Toth tour dates
(w/Dutchess & Duke unless otherwise noted):

 

Wed. Aug. 13             San Francisco, CA
@ Rickshaw Stop

Thurs. Aug.
14            Santa Cruz , CA
@ The Crepe Place

Sat. Aug. 16                Los Angeles, CA @ Echo

Sun. Aug. 17  
           
San Diego, CA @ Bar Pink
Elephant

Tue. Aug. 19   
           
Austin, TX
@ Mohawk

Wed. Aug.
20             
Houston, TX
@ Mink

Thu. Aug. 21   
           
New Orleans, LA
@ Rykodisc Party*

Fri. Aug.
22                 
Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon

Sat., Aug
23               
Birmingham , AL @ The Bottletree

Mon. Aug.
25              
Athens, GA
@ Tasty World

Tue. Aug. 26   
           
Atlanta , GA
@ E.A.R.L.

Wed. Aug. 27             Asheville, NC
@ Harvest Record

Thu. Aug. 28   
           
Chapel Hill, NC
@ Local 506

Fri. Aug. 29                  Charlottesville, VA @ Gravity Lounge

Sat. Aug. 30                Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Club

Sun. Aug. 31  
           
New York, NY
@ Mercury Lounge

Mon. Sep.
1                
Brooklyn, NY
@ Union Hall

Wed. Sep. 3                Cambridge , MA @ TT & The Bear’s

Thurs. Sep.
4             
Albany, NY
@ Valentine’s

Fri. Sep. 5                   Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

Sat. Sep. 6                 
Bloomington, IN
@ Uncle Fester’s

Sun. Sep. 7                 Pontiac , MI @ The Cro Foot (Pike Room)

Tue. Sep.
9                
Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter*

Wed. Sep. 10             Chicago, IL
@ Schuba’s

Fri. Sep.
12                
St. Louis, MO @ Billiken Club*

Sat. Sep.
13               
Memphis, TN @
Hi Tone*

* Without The Dutchess &
The Duke

 

 

Dates with Silver Jews:

 

Wed. Sep.
17            New Orleans, LA @ One
Eyed Jack’s

Thurs. Sep.
18           Houston,
TX @ Orange Show

Fri. Sep.
19               
Austin, TX
@ Emo’s

Sat. Sep.
20             
Denton, TX @
Hailey’s

Sun. Sep.
21             
Drive Day

Mon. Sep. 22
            Tucson, AZ @ Plush

Tues. Sep
23             San Diego, CA @ Casbah

Thurs. Sep.
25           San
Francisco, CA @ Fillmore

Fri. Sep.
26               
Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

 

 

Meanwhile, check out the new “Doreen” video, from the album:

 

 

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