LEE HARVEY OSMOND-moniker for the acid-folk project helmed by multi-faceted artist Tom Wilson-last week (3/25) released his new full-length album BEAUTIFUL SCARS via Latent Recording and distributed by Megaforce/RED

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LEE HARVEY OSMOND

–ACID-FOLK PROJECT FROM ARTIST TOM WILSON–

 ‘BEAUTIFUL SCARS’

RELEASED (3/25) VIA LATENT RECORDINGS

ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL U.S. SHOWS THROUGHOUT SPRING

INCLUDING STOPS IN:

CHICAGO, DALLAS, LOS ANGELES, PHOENIX AND SEATTLE

 

THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION PREMIERES VIDEO FOR

“BLUE MOON DRIVE”

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LEE HARVEY OSMOND-moniker for the acid-folk project helmed by multi-faceted artist Tom Wilson-last week (3/25) released his new full-length album BEAUTIFUL SCARS via Latent Recording and distributed by Megaforce/RED. No Depression noted the album “…brings to mind the imagined result of an unholy alliance between Tom Waits and Nick Cave, one that might also find Leonard Cohen lurking in the dark shadows. Happily then, Wilson’s ominous growl syncs well with the album’s general sway and rumble, making for an insurgent sound if ever there was one” (3/20/2016). Elmore Magazine says, “Wilson’s an inspired songwriter, constantly picking at scabs. This album offers ten fine tunes…they all have merit” (3/24/2016).

 

OSMOND-in support of BEAUTIFUL SCARS (produced by the Cowboy JunkiesMichael Timmins)-announced additional U.S. shows running throughout spring and into summer starting in Buffalo, NY on April 13 at Sportsmen’s Tavern & Music Hall with stops in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle among other cities before wrapping in Alberta, Canada at Bear Creek Folk Festival. Full tour dates listed below and more information can be found here.

 

Earlier this month (3/18), the 2016 Juno Award-nominee for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year partnered with The Bluegrass Situation to premiere the video for “Blue Moon Drive” which can be viewed here. Additionally, POPMATTERS.COM debuted the video for “Oh the Gods – Where Our Hearts Remain” which can be viewed here. POPMATTERS‘ Sarah Zupko described the song as “…dark, haunting grooves blended with low, raspy, whispery vocals that recall Alabama 3 at their very best” (2/5/2016).

 

The album’s cover, which depicts Wilson as a powerful, raw and warrior-like figure, is a result of Wilson discovering at age 55 that his cousin was actually his mother and of Mohawk heritage, not Irish as he was raised to believe. “That’s actually how I feel as an artist,” Wilson explains. “At 56, I’m just emerging from the woods, with all of this new knowledge of who I am.” BEAUTIFUL SCARS, originally released in Canada, was produced by the Cowboy JunkiesMichael Timmins. “The album is where I am now,” Wilson says. “It was made during this discovery.” Also known as a member of the Americana trio Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Wilson adds: “I didn’t know where the inspiration was from, and I’m not a cosmic guy, but if you see my art or listen to what I’ve been writing about on this album, I’ve been documenting this through the fucking cosmos for the last couple of years.”

 

Side Note: Jason Isbell offers lend vocals on Wilson‘s composition titled “Land of The Living” for forthcoming Blackie & the Rodeo Kings album (full details on the project TBA).

 

LEE HARVEY OSMOND TOUR DATES:

Wed, April 13 Buffalo, NY Sportsmen’s Tavern & Music Hall
Thur, April 28 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
Fri, April 29 Chicago, IL Schuba’s
Sat, April 30 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
Sun, May 1 Cedar Rapids, IA C.S.P.S. Hall
Mon, May 2 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Tue, May 3 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads Saloon
Wed, May 4 Salina, KS Steifel Theatre for Performing Arts
Thur, May 5 Dallas, TX The Kessler Theatre
Fri, May 6 Austin, TX Cactus Café
Sat, May 7 The Woodlands, TX Dosey Doe
Sun, May 8 San Antonio, TX Sam’s Burger Joint
Mon, May 9 Albuquerque, NM The Cooperage
Tue, May 10 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
Wed, May 11 Phoenix, AZ MIM Music Theatre
Fri, May 13 Pentiction, BC The Dream Music Festival
Sat, May 14 Pentiction, BC The Dream Music Festival
Sun, May 15 Santa Cruz, CA Moe’s Alley Blues Club
Mon, May 16 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Tue, May 17 San Diego, CA Music Box
Wed, May 18 Bend, OR Volcanic Theatre Pub
Thur, May 19 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
Fri, May 20 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
Thur, May 26 Buffalo, NY Sportsmen’s Tavern & Music Hall
Wed, June 15 Buffalo, NY Sportsmen’s Tavern & Music Hall
Fri, June 18 Beaumont, AB Beaumont Roots and Blues Festival
Sat, July 9 Evansburg, AB Pembina River Nights Festival
Wed, July 27 Buffalo, NY Sportsmen’s Tavern & Music Hall
Thur, July 28 Belmar, NJ Belmar Beach Concerts
Sat, July 30 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
Sat, Aug 13 Grand Prairie, AB Bear Creek Folk Festival
Sun, Aug 14 Grand Prairie, AB Bear Creek Folk Festival

 

SOME PRAISE FOR BEAUTIFUL SCARS:

 

“…LeE HARVeY OsMOND is his most unusual undertaking to date, boasting a style that’s both soft and sinister in equal measure…three albums on, they project a persona that might have been birthed in the bayou before slowly and deliberately snaking its way through the swamp… the sly shuffle of ‘Laser Without Your Love,’ the vampish ‘Blue Moon Drive’ and the jazzier approach of ‘Black Spruce’ find Wilson spreading his wings…yet, the best offerings of the album are also the most subdued – the measured ‘Hey, Hey, Hey,’ the raspy sprawl of the slower paced ‘Planet Love’ and the solemn, somber balladry of ‘Dreams Come and Go.’ Each brings to mind the imagined result of an unholy alliance between Tom Waits and Nick Cave, one that might also find Leonard Cohen lurking in the dark shadows. Happily then, Wilson’s ominous growl syncs well with the album’s general sway and rumble, making for an insurgent sound if ever there was one.”

–Lee Zimmerman, NODEPRESSION.COM, March 20, 2016

 

“Beautiful Scars is like nothing out there right now. If you’re a fan of Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, or the movies of David Lynch and Jim Jarmusch, this is the album for you. It’s deep, powerful and strangely seductive.”

–Luke Goldstein, BLOGCRITICS.ORG, March 27, 2016

 

“A rough-and-tumble songwriter with rock-and-roll moves…”

–Suzanne Cadgène, ELMORE MAGAZINE, February 19, 2016

 

“Osmond (whose real name is Tom Wilson) is no stranger to the world of music. Lots of folks already knew/know him as a member of the bands Junkhouse and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings. But it seems as if the music he’s making as a solo artist is the stuff that’s really capturing peoples’ hearts and imagination…Beautiful Scars is cut from the same fabric as Osmond’s last album (The Folk Sinner). The songs are subdued and slightly spooky. But it’s those vocals that really make the mark. Tom has a great deep focused voice that really grabs you and doesn’t let go.”

BABYSUE.COM, February 29, 2016

 

“‘Blue Moon Drive’ encapsulated the molten, mysterious feeling that stands out on the new Beautiful Scars album, with silvery slide guitar from Tom’s old colleague and friend Colin Linden…Then came a righteous stomper and a set-closing, sexy slow walker called ‘Freedom’ with Linden playing righteously reverby Gretsch electric guitar. Lee Harvey’s low whisper and rumble of a voice was thrilling and the mood was consistently in a minor key. It was like opening the show with a modern day film noir soundtrack.”

–Craig Havighurst, MUSICCITYROOTS.COM, February 19, 2016

 

“…Wilson’s alter-ego Lee Harvey Osmond lives up to both the moniker and his immense talents on Beautiful Scars…a monster of a songwriter and performer, Wilson’s subtle extravaganzas contain elements in both lyrics and groove that push and pull like adverse forces…Wilson’s voice echoes, and the music shakes like a Shaman rattling bones.”

–Tom Clarke, TAHOEONSTAGE.COM, March 23, 2016

 

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