ARIEL POSEN INVITES YOU ON TO FAMILIAR GROUND IN NEW 45min STUDIO SESSION VIDEO
TORONTO TOUR DATE OCTOBER 28th @ THE HORSESHOE TAVERN
Canadian roots, blues and alt rocker Ariel Posen invites audiences onto Familiar Ground with a new video — ahead of his Toronto stop this October 28th amidst a 12-date tour.
The intimate and behind-the-scenes video features a 45-minute studio session covering the entirety of his latest album; Familiar Ground: Part 1 is available now (October 11, 2019).
The two-part release — including the forthcoming Familiar Ground: Part 2 — sees the Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter lay a live-off-the-floor take on his 10-track debut LP, How Long, in the studio that it was recorded in.
With early support from Rolling Stone, Guitar Player Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine, Premier Guitar Magazine, and Poland’s Magazyn Gitarzysta, How Long‘s “Things That I’ve Said,” “How Long,” “Get You Back” and “Fade” are first up for this, the album’s reinvention.
“This is a final hurrah of sorts for How Long,” Posen offers of Familiar Ground as a project. “I’m going to move towards putting out new music very soon, and I wanted to put together a special kind of experience to mark the end of this chapter.”
With an air-tight guest list of just 25 family members and friends, the intimate event was held at one of Posen’s favoured places, Winnipeg’s Stereobus Recording.
It’s a space he knows well; having first picked up a guitar at age nine, in amongst travelling with his musician parents, he’s spent a lot of time within its walls. “I spent the majority of the 90s growing up and watching my parents record all of their own albums there,” he recalls. “Now, nearly two decades later, here I am recording my own.”
How Long represents several years of songwriting in the making, resulting in rootsy blues that veer to R&B before landing within the molds of melodic rock and roll. “I’ve co-written and produced for artists of all genres,” Posen — who has also played as a member of JUNO Award-winning roots/rock band, The Bros. Landreth — reflects. “So I brought my full range to this record.
“It was especially special because, even though there were 25 guests there for this, we were able to record this in a space that’s very near and dear to me. I wanted to show these songs in their rawest and most evolved form, and to have it at Stereobus…
“It could only be described as Familiar Ground.”
October 27 @ Petit Campus, Montreal QC
October 28 @ Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
October 30 @ Red Dog Tavern, Peterborough
November 1 @ NEAT, Burnstown ON
November 4 @ Watson Arts Centre, Dauphin MB
November 6 @ WECC, Winnipeg MB
November 7 @ The Exchange, Regina SK
November 8 @ Station on Jasper, Edmonton AB
November 11 @ Fox Cabaret, Vancouver BC
November 12 @ Jasper Legion, Jasper AB
November 13 @ Commonwealth Bar & Stage, Calgary AB
November 14 @ Village Guitars, Saskatoon SK