January 24, 2019



Watch the Jonny Sanders directed video for 'Everything for you' here:

Lambchop recently announced their new album This (is what I wanted to tell you) will be released on 22 March 2019 via City Slang. Along with the announcement they shared the lead single ’The December-ish you’ and today they have followed up the video for 'Everything for you', directed by Jonny Sanders. The track which flits satisfyingly between tender piano and a driving yet subtle beat. All the while frontman Kurt Wagner's voice drips with emotion barely masked by his now familiar vocal effects as he grapples with the demands of our time with a quiet resolve.

Not so long ago, Lambchop had a famously sprawling line-up, toting a dozen or so members around the world and into the studio to document elliptical country- soul mutations. But in recent years, the band has become a more personal vehicle for Wagner. Anchored by him and framed by bassist Matt Swanson and Wagner’s incorrigibly grinning foil, the pianist Tony Crow, the Lambchop of this decade has become more pliant and adaptable, opening itself to unexpected collaborators that give Wagner’s thoughts and feelings the shape they need for each new album. That was the idea for 2012’s engrossing Mr. M and 2016’s staggering (and tragically timed, we should say here) FLOTUS, and it remains the approach for This (is what I wanted to tell you).

In the summer of 2017, Wagner left Nashville and crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains into North Carolina, where he met Matt McCaughan, who has spent the last decade drumming for the likes of Bon Iver and Hiss Golden Messenger. They became instant musical pen pals, with Wagner sending him a cappella takes of new song ideas and McCaughan dispatching long-form synthesiser pieces for inspiration. McCaughan eventually headed to Nashville, where, together, they put a band behind the songs, using pedal steel and piano and the harmonica of Nashville legend Charlie McCoy to colour in the spaces of these black-and-white sketches. That unexpected human connection—that is, rekindling an old friendship to make music in a way you never imagined—is a happy answer to the worries of This (is what I wanted to tell you), an album whose honesty pulls on your heart with the weight of absolute empathy. Stunning, beautiful, and surprising, This (is what I wanted to tell you) is a record you just need to hear.

Pre-order This (is what I wanted to tell you) here:

Photo credit: Steve Gullick

Tour dates:

21 Apr - London @ EartH

12 Apr - Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje

13 Apr - Copenhagen, DK @ DR Koncerthuset, Studie 2

14 Apr - Oslo, NO @ Röverstaden

15 Apr – Gothenburg, SE @ - Pustervik

17 Apr - Leipzig, DE @ Felsenkeller

18 Apr - Munich, DE @ Muffathalle

19 Apr - Vienna, AT @ WUK

20 Apr - Darmstadt, DE @ Centralstation

23 Apr - Paris, FR @ Maroquinerie

24 Apr - Bern, CH @ Dachstock, Reitschule

25 Apr - Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik

26 Apr - Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus

27 Apr - Cologne, DE @ Gloria

28 Apr - Brussels, BE @ Nuits Botanique Festival

29 Apr - Hamburg, DE @ Elbphilharmony

30 Apr - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord

Tickets are available here: