JUNO AWARD WINNING PARTNERSHIP OF LEE HARVEY OSMOND AND FILMMAKER JETH WEINRICH SHARE THE SECOND VIDEO FROM WHERE THE DIRT ENDS THE LOVE BEGINS... A SERIES OF SHORT FILMS SET TO BEAUTIFUL SCARS
FOUR TIME POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE LISTED ARTIST FROM HAMILTON RETURNS FROM EXTENSIVE CANADIAN TOUR ADDS NORTH AMERICAN DATES FOR 2016
WATCH & SHARE WHERE THE DIRT ENDS THE LOVE BEGINS PART 2: “HOW DOES IT FEEL” HERE
ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM BEAUTIFUL SCARS OUT NOW VIA LATENT RECORDINGS
“a modern folk classic” NOW Magazine
“digs into spooky blues and the underbelly of the Canadian folk tradition, with jazzy horns and flutes, weeping pedal steel guitar, haunting vibraphones and beatnik hand percussion. …one of the greatest Canadian bands of the last 10 years” The Record
“rugged, dredged-from-the-bayou-depths vocals and oft-bleak songs that fuse psychedelia, folk, blues and soul” 9/10 Exclaim!
“like the musical love child of Dr. John, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. … Zen-biker musings …comforting layers of lumpy noir blues, flute-fluttered lounge jazz, rustic fingerpicked folk and noisy indie-roots twang-clang” Sun Media
“spellbinding” Postmedia Pop Forecast
In 1997 Tom Wilson (aka, Lee Harvey Osmond) and filmmaker Jeth Weinrich partnered together to produce the Juno Award winning video for “Burned Out Car”, tenderly illustrating the brutality of life on Vancouver's East Hastings Street. Now, after 19 years of following art on their own individual journeys, they are together again revealing their latest collaborative project, Where The Dirt Ends The Love Begins…, a trilogy of short films set to the music of Lee Harvey Osmond’s latest album,Beautiful Scars.
Set in Mexico, the trilogy chronicles a series of dreams about the day to day to dust journey of love. Weinrich settles into the city and brings together a collection of characters, including law students, gang members, housewives, and street hustlers to fill out a seductive and sometimes bleak picture of what love brings to us and what love takes away. The faces of the characters in these films are the faces of love. The music from Beautiful Scars supplies the inspiration and adds to the vibrant story Weinrich tells with the film. The director explains:
I so relate to this as the ebbs and flows of my life has had me be a millionaire more than one time and flat broke and destitute way more than one time. Sometimes I wonder if I live a more extravagant life style when I get a big check from a job just so I won't get too comfortable, and I'll spend a ton of money in no time. I made 18,000 a day for 220 days one year, grabbed my blue heeler, and flew to Paris where I rented a beautiful Mercedes and basically followed Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen both who were on tour, not to see them, but to rent whatever rooms they had just rented at whatever hotel they had just stayed at.
I spent 90,000 dollars in six weeks and had the time of my life, and I didn't drink or anything. I was super into rock climbing so I camped in Leon France and spent 800 a night for my room and rock climbed with Marc Ivora one of the greatest climbers of all time.
But this year I found myself in Mexico trying to shoot Chitoville. Somedays I pawned one lens to pay for my room and whatever and then when I got some money, from the grace of a friend (Like for instance: Tom Wilson hired me to do three modestly budgeted music videos for him, and he was so so so patient it blows my mind) or I'd get a modest down payment on a job coming (that I am now just finishing), I'd buy the lens back. When the money ran out again I'd pawn the other lens because I wanted to shoot wide angle for awhile. I still have the head of a tripod and my zoom recorder down there.
So whatever it takes to keep the fire burning, to not accept that circumstances define me. And now I am heading to another great place financially it feels like, I hope, with my company Food Truck, with a resurgence my relationship with the Canadians at Moxie's who continue to hire me, and with my movie 'The Invention of Beauty' finally coming out, maybe that might reward me a bit. So, I'm heading back to Mexico to keep shooting and continue writing on The Red Motel, and being me. Which this time includes a studio I'm setting up and I am going to start painting creating artful poetic pieces on wood and canvas, and I'm going to write a book too.
And whatever else God lets happen before me.
Having recently returned from an extensive and very successful Canadian tour Lee Harvey Osmond are looking forward to 2016 with the first of many performances now confirmed in February for Toronto, Nashville and Folk Alliance in Kansas City. In the meantime, Tom Wilson will continue to work on his book having signed a deal with Random House earlier this year. The songwriter and author recently visited CBC q to talk about the book and to debut a new Miriam Toews-inspired song live in front of the award winning author and an international radio audience. All tour dates are listed below
Produced by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) in the intimacy of his Toronto Roncesvalle studio, the humanity of Beautiful Scars is like the warmth of blood that rushes to the cut: a sudden alive jolt in the middle of peril and uncertainty; a suspension of possibility that anything can happen next. Redolent with swooning horns and guitars that bob and weave, Lee Harvey Osmond’s voice - forever the hallmark of his sound which spans over three decades of work - sounds, here, like a warm hand to the forehead, an arm on the arm of the stricken, a comforting growl at the heart of a screaming world.
At once evoking Howlin’ Wolf, Mike Scott and Roy Loney, Beautiful Scars bends and twists and stretches and squeezes Lee Harvey Osmond’s deep baritone - the producer treating it as if caged in a transistor radio, bathed in echo from above, or sunk in the muck of distortion. The strength of the songs notwithstanding, Beautiful Scarsis a fascinating vocal journey to rank among the great sonic Canadian records of our time.
All three Lee Harvey Osmond albums (A Quiet Evil, The Folk Sinner, Beautiful Scars) have been listed for the Polaris Music Prize as well as Blackie And The Rodeo Kings’ 2011 album Kings And Queens of which Wilson is a founding member and contributing songwriter.
WATCH PART 1 OF WHERE THE DIRT ENDS THE LOVE BEGINS… “LOSER WITHOUT MY LOVE” HERE
STREAM BEAUTIFUL SCARS HERE
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “BLUE MOON DRIVE” HERE
WATCH TOM WILSON DEBUT THE SONG “BEAUTIFUL SCARS” ON CBC q HERE
LEE HARVEY OSMOND LIVE DATES
Dec 4-5 - Toronto, ON - Art Of Time Ensemble - Harbourfront Centre
Dec 12 - Sarnia, ON - Paddy Flaherty's
Feb 13 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern
Feb 17 – Nashville, TN – Music City Roots
Feb 19 – Kansas City, MO – Folk Alliance
***More North American Dates To Be Announced Soon***
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