Jeffrey Foucault is the type of songwriter-as-craftsman that will never go out of style —disdainful of trends and hype, and valuing the work of songwriting and performing above all. He radiates a timeless, unfakeable cool; tough, stoic, and magnetic. Foucault is the Midwestern workingman’s poet as played by Gary Cooper. He will be performing throughout the U.S. this fall.
The New York Times calls Jeffrey Foucault’s recent album, Salt As Wolves, “immaculately tailored” and the Boston Globe says it’s a “marvelous record.” NPR’s Morning Edition calls Foucault, “pure songwriter” and notices he “finds beauty in small towns and simple truths.” Salt As Wolves debuted at #1 on the iTunes Blues Charts and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Blues Charts and is currently in rotation on SiriusXM’s Bluesville, Outlaw Country, and The Loft channels.
“Salt As Wolves” is a line from Othello describing boldness; a fitting title to frame a record of blues played bold and loosely, without rehearsal or cant. With his fifth collection of original songs Foucault stakes out and enlarges the ground he’s beenworking diligently all the new century, quietly building a deep, resonant catalog of songs about love, memory, God, desire, wilderness and loss. Cut live to tape in just three days in rural Minnesota, Salt As Wolves moves like a vintage Chess record, with an openness and dimensionality that beckons the listener further in.
Foucault’s tour started September 7 in Decatur, GA and most dates pair him with former Morphine drummer and tour partner Billy Conway. The Luther Perkins to his Johnny Cash, Conway is a truly sympathetic collaborator to both frame and fire Foucault’s terse brand of minimalist Americana.
Join us at the Stage Door Theater on Sunday, October 2 as we welcome Foucault to La Grande. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 7:30. Tickets ($20) are available online.