Ben Caplan Announces New Album, Plots Fall Tour

Ben Caplan Announces New Album, Plots Fall Tour
Halifax's Ben Caplan toured heavily in the wake of 2011's In the Time of the Great Remembering. Now, the massively bearded folk singer has announced plans to release a new album and hit the road.

The forthcoming LP is called Birds with Broken Wings. The exact release details haven't been confirmed just yet, but Caplan has already far exceeded his financial goal on a PlegeMusic crowdfunding campaign.

"I think that a new album was probably due years ago," Caplan said in a statement. "But whether or not I would have been able to pull it off the way I wanted to, that I don't know. I wanted to take my time and honour the process. There was a lot to learn. I wanted to make an album that was complex but with space for anyone to find their way into it. I wanted to collaborate with people who inspire me and find space for unexpected things. It takes time."

It's still possible to by CDs, vinyl and all sorts of other goodies here. The finished product is expected out this fall.

At the bottom of this page, check out a lyric video for the horn-filled, vintage-style soul tune "40 Days & 40 Nights." The video is a simple performance clip, while the song features funk trombone hero Fred Wesley (who has played with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic).

Also below, see Caplan's upcoming live schedule with his band the Casual Smokers. The fall tour runs for more than two months, from the first half of September to the second half of November, in which time Caplan and company will play a large assortment of Canadian and U.S. cities.

Tour dates:

09/12 Quebec City, QC - Festival Envol et Macadam
09/16 Wolfville, NS - Al Whittle Hall
09/17 Wolfville, NS - Al Whittle Hall
09/18 Truro, NS - Champions Bar and Grill
09/19 Mount Stewart, PE - Trailside Cafe
09/21 New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
09/22 New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
09/23 Danbury, CT - Heirloom Arts Theatre
09/24 Burlington, VT - Club Metronome
09/25 Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz PDB
09/26 Burnstown, ON - Neat in the Woods Festival
09/29 Kingston, ON - The Mansion
09/30 Hamilton, ON - The Studio at Hamilton Place
10/01 Bayfield, ON - The Ashwood Bourbon Bar
10/02 Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
10/03 Kitchener, ON - The Boathouse
10/04 London, ON - The Aeolian Hall
10/06 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
10/07 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
10/08 Columbus, OH - Woodlands Tavern
10/09 Newport, KY - The Southgate House Revival
10/10 Chicago, IL - Schubas
10/11 Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall

10/12 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
10/15 Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will Social Club
10/16 Saskatoon, SK - Amigos Cantina
10/17 Edmonton, AB - The Brixx Bar & Grill
10/18 Red Deer, AB - Fratters
10/20 Calgary, AB - The Gateway at SAIT
10/23 Nelson, BC - Hume Hotel | Spirit Bar
10/24 Kelowna, BC - Streaming Cafe
10/26 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
10/28 Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
10/29 Seattle, WA - Conor Byrne Pub
10/31 Willamina, OR - Wildwood Hotel
11/01 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
11/03 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
11/04 Los Angeles, CA - No Vacancy
11/05 Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge
11/06 El Paso, TX - The Lowbrow Palace
11/07 Dallas, TX - Double Wide
11/10 Nashville, TN - City Winery
11/11 Charlotte, NC - Visulite
11/13 Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy
11/14 Portland, ME - One Longfellow Square

11/20 Halifax - Rebecca Cohn Theatre *
11/21 Halifax - Rebecca Cohn Theatre *

* with Symphony Nova Scotia