FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014 (REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN) Blake Berglund’s fourth album is set to be released on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 via the artist’s independently operated label, Oceanman Records. Titled Jasper, the 14 song collection acts as a raw representationto his current writing style, extensive back catalogue, and follow-up to his acclaimed release; Coyote. Supported by the newly formed backing group; The Vultures, a cohesive thread binds the works while captured live over a two night stand at The Royal Canadian Legion [The Jasper Legion] in Jasper, Alberta.
“We came to a place as a band where our creative process was dictated by the fact we were on the road full-time. I’d bring the structure of a song to the boys before a show, we’d work up the production of it during soundcheck and perform it that night leading to a very organic evolution in the writing. This new creative approach allows us instantaneous feedback from our audiences.” says Berglund.
To record an album of this nature is an intrinsically complicated decision. However, when it came to deciding where to record, “well that…” Berglund explains “was easy.”
“We needed to consider everything from vibe, turnout, and the type of crowd to include in this project. The town of Jasper has the perfect mix of a relaxed atmosphere and a rowdy reputation while deeply rooted in Cowboy Culture. The efforts made over the past few years by The Legion to acquire top Canadian independent touring acts has molded it’s supporters and formed an intelligent and appreciative group of people. We needed to record this album there.”
The Jasper Legion garnered the attention of CBC personality Jian Ghomeshi, naming it one of the top 5 concert venues in North America alongside the likings of Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario and The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California. (Up Magazine, October, 2013)
Berglund will embark in a series of pre-release concerts in which the album will be available before its official release. The first being held on Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Jasper Legion, itself, coinciding with the historic Jasper rodeo. Dates continue with an invite to perform at the PEI 2014 Celebrations in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, throughout the East Coast and back across the Prairies.
“Many songs that have a major influence on my writing we’re recorded with this mentality. Whether it’s Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” or Jennings and Nelson’s “Good Hearted Woman”, the art was in the energy captured. Fill a room, hit record and play on your feet.”
Jasper will be released Tuesday, September 16, 2014 via Oceanman Records. For more information on Berglund’s extensive touring schedule, alternate releases, and other appearances visit www.blakeberglund.com.