THE DEBUT SOLO LP FROM ARIEL POSEN, HOW LONG, OUT THIS FRIDAY JANUARY 11
TOUR DATES THROUGHOUT CANADA, THE US, AND THE UK BEGIN JANUARY 26
“Ariel has wowed audiences all over the world with his masterful slide guitar work. Now, he’s stepped up to the mic and added his smoky vocals to that powerfully smooth and emotional slide, on his first solo album How Long. It does not disappoint!” — Bruce Ladan (CBC)
“...like a laidback Springsteen, building an anthemic groove during the verse before singing the slacker blues during every chorus.” — Andrew Leahey (Rolling Stone)
“Ariel Posen is the complete package: a great singer and songwriter, as well as a virtuoso guitarist. He is representative of a new generation of players who are fully schooled, either academically or self-taught, who don’t let the schooling get in the way of their soul.” — Michael Ross (Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, Guitar Moderne)
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This Friday, singer / songwriter and internationally-renowned guitarist Ariel Posen is sharing his debut LP, How Long, with the world. Known for his work with the JUNO Award winning roots-rock band The Bros. Landreth, How Long marks Posen's long-awaited solo album, showcasing not only his chops as an instrumentalist, but his talents as a diverse songwriter.
How Long casts a wide net, moving from rootsy-blues to R&B to melodic Rock & Roll. "This album is 30 years in the making,” says Posen. “An amalgam of my influences, my upbringing and my life. This album focuses on reflection and looking back, but always moving forward."
A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on these 10 tracks, nodding to his influences — including The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer, and more — along the way.
How Long is not a guitar record, although there's certainly plenty of guitar to be heard here. Instead, it's a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics, and Posen's compelling voice. "The guitar is the tool to get the music out," he says. "Always serve the song first. Otherwise, you're just playing an instrument.”
A lifelong musician, there are few roles Ariel Posen hasn't played. Although born in Winnipeg, Posen spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents. He began playing guitar at 9 years old, kicking off a career that eventually found him traveling the globe for his own gigs and as a member of the The Bros. Landreth. Several years later, Posen began working on an album of his own, tracking his new songs in the same studio in which his parents once recorded their albums.
Posen will take How Long on the road later this month with stops throughout Canada, the US, and the UK. Full tour dates can be found below.
MORE PRAISE FOR ARIEL POSEN
“I couldn’t believe it when I heard Ariel’s record. I knew he was a great guitar player, but DANG IT....he’s really really good....I also didn’t know how well he could sing or write songs. There’s so many bangers on this record, but “Fade” is for sure my favourite!” — Cory Wong (Vulfpeck)
“Ariel Posen is guitar’s man for all seasons - he’s got the songs and the voice but he’s also a stellar slide guitarist with a gutsy, expressively melodic style” — Jamie Dickson (Guitarist Magazine UK)
“Posen is a rare breed of guitar player. He has managed to meld a keen sense of theory and half a centuries worth of influences into a unique style that is all his own.” — Michael Lux (Reverb.com)
“Individuality is the centerpiece of Ariel’s sound. His wizard-like slide chops and razor-sharp songwriting skills have helped him find a singular voice that continues to combine innovation and inspiration.” — Jason Shadrick (Premier Guitar)
“Ariel Posen is one of the most toneful and tasteful players to emerge in recent years – miss out on his new album at your peril!” — Chris Vinnicombe (The Guitar Magazine UK)
2019 TOUR DATES
Jan 26 - Fullerton, CA - Slidebar Rock n’ Roll Kitchen
Jan 30 - Saskatoon, SK - Village Guitar & Amp Co.
Feb 1 - Winnipeg, MB - The West End Cultural Centre
Feb 7 - Toronto, ON - The Dakota Tavern
Feb 13 - Guildford, UK - The Boileroom
Feb 15 - Broadstairs, UK - Wrotham Arms
Feb 16 - Stoke-on-trent, UK - Bulls Head
Feb 17 - Edinburgh, UK - The Voodoo Rooms
Feb 18 - Ashington, UK - The Whitehouse Unique Social Club
Feb 19 - Birmingham, UK - The Jam House
Feb 20 - Southampton, UK - The Brook
Feb 21 - Swindon, UK - The Vic
Feb 22 - Tonbridge, UK - The Causeway Hall
Feb 24 - London, UK - The Borderline
Feb 25 - Brighton, UK - Komedia Brighton
Feb 26 - Coulsdon, UK - The Comrades Club
Feb 28 - Derby, UK - The Flowerpot
Mar 7 - Cork, IR - Coughlan’s Bar
Mar 10 - Dublin, IR - The Sugar Club
Apr 6 - Belfast, UK - Ards Guitar Festival
Apr 27 - Los Angeles, CA - The Hotel Cafe
Apr 29 - Portland, OR - Strum Guitars
May 1 - Nashville, TN - Layman Drug Company
May 2 - Charlotte, NC - Midwood Guitar Studio
May 4 - Thomson, GA - Blind Willie McTell Festival
May 6 - New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
May 9 - Austin, TX - Saxon Pub
May 10 - McKinney, TX - The Guitar Sanctuary