Track Premiere: Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano Solo!


Forthcoming EP only available at concerts as a precursor for album this fall.

By Blurt Staff

We have another hot exclusive for Blurt-ers: it’s a track from the new solo EP, Naked, from Johnette Napolitano—she of course cofounder of the mighty Concrete Blonde. While a Naked full-length is slated for release in September, this is a special release that will only be available on her upcoming tour (dates below) and will be a signed and limited edition of just 500 copies. If there are any left it will subsequently sold via CD Baby, as well as digitally at iTunes. Take a listen to this tasty teaser:

Napolitano commented on the EP, noting “Naked is a CD — or what they used to call an EP back in the day— three songs, just guitar and voice. It sounds like there’s a lot more going on but there isn’t. I’ve been spending more time on the road in the last year working out a solid solo show which I’m planning to shoot for DVD at some point but I still haven’t decided on a location, also live vs. soundstage setting. I’ve been selling my book (Rough Mix) on the road for awhile now and people have been asking for music, and I’ve been playing some new songs live so I thought I’d knock it out for the fans before dates this Spring. “Memory Go” “Jazz on Vinyl” and “Here” are the three tracks.”

She’ll continue to prep the full-length, but meanwhile there is that brief East Coast and Midwest tour starting April 16, for which she’ll be accompanied by Laurie Sargent, of Twinemen fame. “I dare say my most talented touring companion, Laurie Sargent, is a bit of a legend herself and a most learned horsewoman,” says Napolitano. “We have a damn good time on the road. The Twinemen opened for Concrete Blonde many times and are good friends; I was happy to have a chance to have Laurie out with me.”

Johnette-EP cover

Tour dates:

Thurs., April 16 SOMERVILLE, MA  Johnny D’s  w/Laurie Sargent
Fri., April 17 WILMINGTON, DE  The Grand  w/Laurie Sargent
Sat., April 18  NEW YORK, NY  City Winery   w/Laurie Sargent
Sun., April 19 WASHINGTON DC  Gypsy Sally’s  w/Laurie Sargent
Wed., July 8  CLEVELAND, OH  Music Box Supper Club  w/Laurie Sargent
Thurs., July 9   CHICAGO, IL  City Winery  w/Laurie Sargent
Fri., July 10  MILWAUKEE, WI  Shank Hall  w/Laurie Sargent
Sat., July 11  MINNEAPOLIS, MN  Dakota Jazz Club   w/Laurie Sargent

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