Hopewell Theater is thrilled to host singer/songwriter Damien Jurado on May 22nd with special guest Anna St. Louis! Jurado has been writing and touring since the late 90’s and has built up a catalog of songs that have delved into a multitude of genres such as pop, roots rock, electric indie rock, psychedelia, and more! His latest album, In The Shape Of A Storm, is his sparsest to date and a document that spans 19 years and a life of music. The entire album was recorded in just about two hours and Jurado recently premiered a new song from it called “Lincoln”.
This is no ordinary single as Jurado has been sitting on this track for about the last 20 years.
He originally intended to showcase “Lincoln” on his third album, 2000’s Ghost Of David. Here’s his explanation as to why he waited so long to release it:
“Lincoln,” written in 1998, was originally slated for my third album not yet titled, Ghost of David. I had 13 songs recorded for the album onto a newly purchased digital 8-track machine. And, when the day came to mix the finished album, an error done on my part was made, erasing everything. Now under a deadline with the label to turn in a new album, I came up with the bright idea to scrap every song I had written for the album, and start anew. All original material was written, and then recorded in a period of less than a week for Ghost of David. Years later, I would come across the only recorded demo I had made for the original album on a cassette. This song was “Lincoln”. Over the years I considered “Lincoln” for many of my albums, but the song just couldn’t find the proper place to land. That was until I went in to record my latest album, In the Shape of a Storm. It felt not only fitting to put it on the record, but to have it be the opening song.
If you’re excited to hear “Lincoln” live, and more songs from the entirety of Jurado’s impressive musical catalog, then be sure to grab tickets here for the show on May 22!