Chadwick Stokes' "Rainsong" Premieres At Huffington Post; Announces Rescheduled West Coast Dates

Chadwick Stokes hits the road for his fall tour in support of his solo debut Simmerkane II (Ruff Shod/Nettwerk). Beginning in Boulder at the Fox Theater, the tour includes stops in Minneapolis, Columbus, OH, Nashville and Atlanta.  For west coast fans, the rescheduled tour dates resumes early 2012 with shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

Inspired by Stokes’ freight train jumping adventures across the U.S. with his brother and cousin, Simmerkane II was produced by John Dragonetti (of The Submarines) with guest appearances from Carly Simon, Matt Embree (Rx Bandits), The White Buffalo and Blake Hazard (The Submarines).

Directed by Sam Cohen (of The Yellowbirds), the video for “Rainsong” was premiered by Huffington Post. Collected from books and magazines, everything in the video is paper collage animation and arranged by hand.

Of the video, director Sam Cohen says, “The idea for the ‘Rainsong’ video actually came largely from my misunderstanding of the lyrics. Before I’d seen the words, certain phrases out of context made a lasting impression that I felt totally inspired to animate. I loved Chad’s visual of it raining inside and the roof caving in, but there were others that I’d misinterpreted. I kept picturing this rustic ‘cabin’ with ‘sheep in the bed’ before I realized they were in the cabin of a pickup truck with the sheep in the bed of the pickup. I couldn’t shake off the images I’d been imagining and eventually had the idea to put the family in the story in a cabin on wheels. I like what it does for the story because you get the sense this family’s in a complete upheaval, relocating everything, but staying together. The song is about holding tight to the ones you love and how that makes difficult times easier to bare. Finding the images was at least as challenging as the actual animation.”

Raised in Sherborn, MA, Stokes remains actively involved in both State Radio and Dispatch, and has scanned a combined total of 675,000+ records. A committed activist, Stokes is passionate about inspiring the live music community to invest their time and energy toward public service and humanitarian causes. In 2008, the Boston Music Awards honored Stokes as Humanitarian of the Year for creating the Elias Fund, the Dispatch Foundation, and Calling All Crows. Stokes grew up as a pacifist through time spent at The Peace Abbey and volunteering in Zimbabwe.

Tour Dates:

September 20 Fox Theater (Boulder, CO)
September 22 The Varsity (Minneapolis, MN)
September 24 The Basement (Columbus, OH)
September 27 12th &Porter (Nashville, TN)
September 28 The Loft (Atlanta, GA)
September 29 Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC)
September 30 The 8x10 (Baltimore, MD)
October 1 The Chameleon (Lancaster, PA)
December 2 Tupelo Music Hall (Londonberry, NH)
December 3 Tupelo Music Hall (White River Junction, VT)
February 29, 2012 The Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles, CA) *
March 1, 2012 Café DuNord (San Francisco, CA) *
March 2, 2012 Doug Fir (Portland, OR) *
March 3, 2012 Vera Project (Seattle, WA) *

*Rescheduled From September 2011 dates


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