Aaron Lee Tasjan‘s1960s-inspired Tiny Desk Concert was shared by NPR on Tuesday (Jan. 15). The American singer-songwriter played three songs from his latest album, Karma for Cheap, released in August. The groovy tracks are remenisient of early Americana.
With his mutton chops, ascot and mustard shirt, Tasjan performs the upbeat “Songbird” with its poetic lyrics inspired by those of Paul McCartney and Tom Petty. The electric guitar picks up during “End of the Day,” backed by guitarist Brian Wright, and adds a modern twist to Tasjan’s folk-rock sound. Drummer Seth Earnest and bassit Tommy Scifres add to the rhythm and vibe of the track.
The final song, “Set You Free,” is almost psychedelic with its harmonies and “acid tongue” lyric, as Tasjan’s classic-rock influences shine through.
Tasjan also announced his tour schedule for the spring. Check out the dates below:
March 28 — Huntsville, AL @ Tangled Strings Studio
March 29 — New Orleans, LA @ The Fillmore (supporting Jason Isbell)
March 30 — Birmingham, AL @ The Saturn
April 3 — Raleigh, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back
April 4 — Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood
April 5 — Rocky Mount, VA @ Harvester Performance Center
April 6 — Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
April 7 — Washington, DC – Songbyrd
April 9 — Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
April 10 — Boston, MA @ Great Scott
April 12 — Toronto, Ontario @ The Monarch
April 13 — Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
April 14 — Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
April 16 — Evanston, IL @ SPACE
April 17 — Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi
April 18 — Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
April 19 — Atlanta, GA @ Sweetwater Festival
Check out the video below: