Ben Folds readies new album, fall tour

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Ben Folds has revealed plans for a fall tour in support of his forthcoming album, Lonely Avenue. The singer-songwriter will play Boston’s Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday, November 17. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday through Live Nation for $35 and $39.50. Lady Danville will open the show.

Lonely Avenue is a collaborative effort between Folds and English novelist Nick Hornby, with Folds providing the music and vocals to Hornby’s lyrics. Scheduled to hit stores on September 28, the album also features string arrangements by one of the most influential pop string arrangers of all time, Paul Buckmaster (David Bowie, Elton John). The idea to create an album of Folds’ unique pop songwriting sensibilities with Hornby’s insightful prose was conceived during a dinner conversation between the two friends one night in 2009. After that, Hornby began regularly emailing lyrics to Folds, who then turned them into Lonely Avenue’s 12 musical short stories.

The album, which Folds made specifically to be listened to on vinyl, was recorded on 2-inch tape and will be available on audiophile-grade vinyl, cut with the Direct Metal Master process at Abbey Road Studios and pressed at Pallas Manufacturing in Diepholz, Germany. Lonely Avenue will also be available on CD, digitally, and in a special deluxe edition that includes four short stories by Hornby and photos by Joel Meyerowitz in a hardbound, 152-page book.

Folds’ last offering of all new material was 2008’s Way to Normal and last year’s Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella!, a collection of his songs performed by college and high scool singing groups (including The Newtones from Newton, Massachusetts).

Hornby often writes about music, musicians, and music lovers in his fiction and nonfiction work. His six novels, some of which have been turned into successful films, are “High Fidelity”, “About a Boy”, and “Juliet, Naked”. He has also published three works of non-fiction, “Fever Pitch”, “Songbook” (a collection of essays about songs that influenced his life),as well as a book of short stories, “Otherwise Pandemonium”.

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