Lanois Previews New Album In New York
Producer/multi-instrumentalist Daniel Lanois played his upcoming Anti- album, "Belladonna," in its entirety last night (June 7) for fans at New York's Hiro Ballroom.Producer/multi-instrumentalist Daniel Lanois played his upcoming Anti- album, "Belladonna," in its entirety last night (June 7) for fans at New York's Hiro Ballroom. The instrumental set is due July 12 and features contributions from drummer Brian Blade, vocalist Darryl Johnson and pianist Brad Mehldau.
At last night's show, Lanois played pedal steel guitar on about half the tracks, and was augmented on two tunes with wordless vocal accompaniment by Lori Reed. On "Oaxaca," which Lanois said was inspired by the church bells in that town, the artist performed on a small keyboard before being joined by a trumpeter and Reed.
The encore featured the vintage favorite "The Maker," a favorite live cover of Dave Matthews Band. Lanois also gave a shout-out to visiting members of Dashboard Confessional, whose upcoming album he is producing.
"Belladonna" is the follow-up to 2003's "Shine," which debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 8 on the Top Independent Albums tally.
Lanois has a busy live performance schedule lined up this summer, including appearances at a variety of Canadian festivals. He is also confirmed to appear at the Wall to Wall Guitar Festival, to be held Sept. 29-30 on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.