Blake has a new album to support. His second studio album, Overgrown, was released in April.
Covering tunes by Feist and Joni Mitchell has worked out well for Blake. For his second LP, he told the Boston Globe he wanted to focus on his own songwriting.
“It was a matter of figuring out the songs for myself, and not springboard off something like a cover,” he told the Globe in a recent interview. “With the second album I could have done that, and it probably would have made my life a lot easier. Covers are an incredibly powerful force, and I really wanted to take this opportunity to learn how to craft my own songs — not necessarily the conventions of songwriting, but figure out how to do it for myself.”
Blake described his music as a “learning process.”
“I remember once saying it was melodic bass music. I think that might discount that almost all bass music is melodic,” Blake told the newspaper. “As much as it rolls off the tongue, it might be fairly [expletive]. I would say my music is a learning process to me. I think that’s the best way to describe it. I use what’s in front of me and the tools available to me right now. I’m trying to make interesting things with them.”
Here is the schedule for the new dates:
Oct. 22 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Wiltern
Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, Calif., Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Oct. 24 – San Diego, Calif., House Of Blues
Oct. 25 – Phoenix, Ariz., The Crescent Ballroom
Oct. 27 – Dallas, Texas, House Of Blues
Oct. 28 – Austin, Texas, Emo’s
Oct. 29 – Houston, Texas, House Of Blues
Oct. 30 – New Orleans, La., Republic New Orleans
Oct. 31 – Nashville, Tenn., Marathon Music Works
Nov. 2 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
Nov. 3 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
Nov. 4 – Philadelphia, Pa., Union Transfer
Nov. 5 – Boston, Mass., House Of Blues Boston
Nov. 6 – New York, N.Y., Terminal 5
Nov. 7 – New York, N.Y., Terminal 5
Nov. 9 – Montreal, Quebec, Metropolis
Nov. 11 – Ann Arbor, Mich., Michigan Theater
Nov. 13 – Chicago, Ill., Riviera Theatre
Nov. 14 – Milwaukee, Wis., Turner Hall Ballroom
Nov. 15 – Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue
Nov. 16 – Iowa City, Iowa, The Englert Theatre
Nov. 19 – Vancouver, British Columbia, The Vogue Theatre
Nov. 20 – Seattle, Wash., Showbox SoDo
Nov. 21 – Portland, Ore., Roseland Theater
A post on his Facebook page promised that ticket information would follow “soon.”
Tickets for Los Angeles’ The Wiltern go on sale May 23, followed by the House of Blues Boston onsale May 31.
For more information visit JamesBlakeMusic.com.