Fray guitarist Joe King releases new single, tour dates today - Reverb

Fray guitarist Joe King releases new single, tour dates today

 

As we’ve previously reported, Fray guitarist/songwriter Joe King is readying his first-ever solo album — under the name King, in fact. And fans are a lot closer to being able to hear his new material, on record and in person.

King will release its first single, “Need a Woman by Friday,” today on iTunes. And Reverb also has the exclusive news of King’s very first tour, which is a four-date swing through Colorado.

“(My solo project) has been on the shelf for a few years,” King said earlier this week from his adopted second home of New Orleans. “I started out writing last summer, and the first song that came, ‘Need a Woman by Friday,’ came to me on my birthday last year.

“And it immediately set the stage and got me rethinking how I write songs. It broke the molds and rules and got me out of the boxes I’d put myself in over the years. I love writing for the Fray, and it’s obviously been my baby for 10 years, but I wanted to re-approach how I produce a song.”

King’s initial tour of Colorado venues will have him playing small theaters within 60 miles of Denver.

April 25: Bluebird Theater, Denver

April 26: Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins

April 27: Black Sheep, Colorado Springs

April 28: Fox Theatre, Boulder

When asked what Fray fans will think upon first hearing his solo work, King said: “I hope they’re shocked. One of the things that stuck with me in this last year was a quote from Quentin Tarantino: ‘You’re not really writing unless the people around you are uncomfortable.’ And I love that. You don’t want people to have an expected reaction. You want a strong reaction, like, ‘That’s crazy!’ Or, ‘What?’ That quote stuck with me, and I ran with that in mind.”

King was in New Orleans last weekend shooting a video for “Need a Woman by Friday” with his friend and collaborator Trombone Shorty, who guests on the song.

“I love this city,” King said. “It’s one of my favorites. Troy, Trombone Shorty, he’s down here, and yesterday we got a second line in the Treme going. And you can only do that if you’re Trombone Shorty. There were literally people coming out of their houses, dancing on their porches. Shorty, he’s like a God in their city, and we started marching, and there were kids dancing on the street, random people coming up, people with no teeth, people with gold teeth … It just started with a couple horn players, bass, a snare player – you know, a traditional second line band – and then it filled the streets.”

“Need a Woman by Friday” will be the first single off King’s six-song EP, which he’ll self-release in April on his own King Records. In the coming months, King hopes to finish another three or four songs to create a full-length release later this year. When all is wrapped, the project will include collaborations with many musicians from Denver and beyond including Trombone Shorty, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic), Pat Meese (Tennis), Matt Morris, Bethany Kelly (Churchill) and others.

Meese and drummer Jeff Linsenmaier will tour as King’s band, but he said to expect some special guests – even some of the guys from his other band — especially at the local shows.

“The Denver scene, the community, is charging itself,” King said. “It inspires everybody, because someone does something great, and you, as a producer, want to do something as great or better. You compare what you hear to what you’re doing, and that’s what I love about the Denver.

“I did a lot of the vocals in Ryan Tedder’s studio, and he became a good springboard for me. And we talked about the songs. And he’d play stuff for me. And I’d be like, ‘Fuck, that’s really good.’ And it’s like, ‘I gotta step up my game.’ Even with Nathaniel Rateliff … he makes me want to get better.”

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and editor at The Denver Post.