After meeting in Scotland at a songwriter's retreat, Kenny Anderson, known widely as King Creosote, and Michael Johnston of the Skydiggers became fast friends. Ten years later, the two are ready to share their collaborative debut with the world, and before The Bound of the Red Deer officially arrives, Exclaim! is giving you a chance to give the record a first listen.
Born from a decade of friendship, travel and long-distance correspondence, the collection of songs is marked by acoustic guitars, piano, ambient textures and the duo's Scottish and Canadian accents. It was recorded in Toronto by Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre). The record features some of the first songs they penned together, along with collaborations with Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams), as well as Karine Polwart and Emma Pollock, former bandmates of Anderson and Johnston's in the Burns Unit.
The duo have also lined up their first duo shows in over four years to celebrate the record's release, with tour stops including Toronto, Waterloo, Belleville, Montreal and Peterborough. You can find a complete list of dates below.
Before The Bound of the Red Deer officially arrives on May 27 through F.A.B. Distribution, you can listen to the entire thing after scrolling through the duo's tour itinerary.
05/28 Toronto, ON - Burdock (early show)
05/29 Waterloo, ON - Jane Bond*
05/31 Belleville, ON - Centennial Secondary School
06/01 Montreal, QC - O Patro Vys
06/02 Peterborough, ON - The Spill
06/04 Toronto, ON - Burdock (early show)
* with Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub