We’ve been riding on high with anticipation for Carl Broemel‘s new solo record since the first singles began surfacing. Some may know Broemel for his work with My Morning Jacket for the past decade now, but the Nashville resident appears to have incorporated his highly acclaimed guitar work with songwriting to match in his upcoming album, 4th Of July, which drops Aug. 19. Broemel will be hosting his official album release show along with Sun Seeker at The Basement East on Aug. 20. Tickets are available for that show right here, but we’re giving one lucky reader a chance to win a pair for free; read on for details and enter below!
Carl Broemel started his musical journey in Indianapolis, and quickly stood out as a musician from a young age. He got his start playing in various local rock bands, before releasing his debut solo LP Lose What’s Left in 2004. Around this time, Broemel joined on with My Morning Jacket, and found himself lending guitar, pedal steel, and back up vocals to 2005’s Z, and has been with them since. Broemel did break out with another solo record in 2008 that really showed his aptitude with the guitar in a loop and effect heavy release that was mesmerizing, but didn’t quite translate in a crossover to mainstream appeal. For his latest record, Broemel, now a father, finds himself collaborating with the likes of fellow MMJ members Bo Koster and Tom Blankenship, along with Neko Case, Russ Pollard, Shelly Colvin, and others. The result is a melodic record that highlights Broemel’s intricate guitar work, but, with the help of his friends (and surely his time with MMJ), is a beautiful offering that really sees the artist shine in his solo career. You can hear the latest single “Rockingchair Dancer,” which features Laura Veirs chipping in on vocals. The track was reportedly written one night while he was playing guitar trying to get his young son to go to sleep, and that lullaby quality is easily identified in this track.
Local garage pop outfit Sun Seeker first caught our attention with their Third Man Records release “Georgia Dust” earlier this year, and their poppy dreamscapes layered with pedal steel had us applauding politely on the edge of our seats for what was next. They’ve since popped up on a handful of bills around town, and they’ve been a band that we’ve certainly had our eye on since. A few more singles have emerged since “Georgia Dust,” which begs the question: when will we be celebrating their album release party? Watch the band perform a couple of cuts live at Battle Tapes to get an idea of what you are in-store for.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 21+ to attend. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 12 p.m. CDT and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
Carl Broemel and Sun Seeker will perform Saturday, Aug. 20 at The Basement East. The show is 21+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15.