John K. Samson Provincial on LP + MP3 Coupon
Since 1997, John K. Samson has written four acclaimed albums with The Weakerthans. Provincial, Samson’s first solo release began with a simple idea: to explore four different roads in Manitoba, the Canadian province where Samson lives. “They're the places I kept going back to.” Samson talked to relatives, friends and strangers; he visited archives, a tuberculosis sanatorium turned RV park and a forgotten cemetery.
The result is this collection of evocative songs, an album that fits beside Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, Sun Kil Moon’s Ghosts Of The Great Highway and Mountain Goats’ Tallahassee. While the teenage craving of “Cruise Night” recalls the Cars' “Stop Error” and invokes Bach; for “When I Write my Master’s Thesis,” Samson’s inspiration was all jukebox serendipity, Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” sailing out from the corner of a Yukon dive-bar. Provincial is a record full of fierce, tuneful and vivid stories.
“John Samson’s lyrics move me with their detail and empathy. He has an ability to explain feelings we’ve all had but couldn’t verbalize. His songs are beautiful, brutal, honest and comforting, all at the same time.” - Craig Finn, The Hold Steady
John K. Samson Provincial Track Listing:
1. Highway 1 East
2. Heart of the Continent
3. Cruise Night
4. Grace General
5. When I Write My Master's Thesis
6. Letter in Icelandic from the Ninette San
7. Longitudinal Centre
9. The Last And
10. Stop Error
11. Highway 1 West
12. Taps Reversed