Provincial, John K. Samson’s first solo release began with a simple idea: to explore four different roads in Manitoba, the Canadian province where Samson lives. “They’re the places I kept going back to.” Samson talked to relatives, friends and strangers; he visited archives, a tuberculosis sanatorium-turned-RV park, a forgotten cemetery. For a video glimpse of Provincial’s prairie road map, watch the video below. Brooklyn Vegan premiered the lead single off the album, “When I Write My Master’s Thesis,” earlier this month & NPR chose it for a Song Of The Day feature. The album sits where Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, Sun Kil Moon’s Ghosts Of The Great Highway, & Mountain Goats’ Tallahassee all intersect.
RIYL: The Weakerthans, Wilco, Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie, Elliott Smith, Built to Spill
Recommend Tracks: #7, #3, #5, #8, #10