Not including his work on the “Mermaid Avenue” trilogy, the album will be his first in five years.
The album was inspired by, of all things, a tweet. After one of his fans referred to Bragg as, “the sherpa of heartache, guiding us all up the hill,” Bragg decided to turn his songwriting chops toward the plight of the personal rather than his usual realm of politics.
“Most people, when they hear my name, think of polemical anthems born in struggle,” Bragg said in a news release. “I often find myself having to remind people that I am also the Sherpa of Heartbreak, writing songs about the struggle to maintain our relationships with those we love the most.”
You can check out the first single off the album, “Handyman Blues,” at his website.
Bragg has also announced the dates for his upcoming tour in support of the new album, which kicks off right here in Colorado at the Gothic Theatre on March 23. Australian singer/songwriter Kim Churchill slated to open. Tickets go on sale on Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. and are available at axs.com.
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