Country-soul singer-songwriter Karl Blau. a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and DIY-er from Anacortes, Washington. He has released more than 40 records in 20 or so years, many self-released in handmade packaging and mailed to subscribers, and others on iconic indie Northwest record labels like K and KNW-YR-OWN label. Blau has also toured solo and recorded for years with Laura Veirs and other bands.
Blau is releasing Introducing on May 13th on Bella Union(UK/EU) and Raven Marching Band Records in the States. It’s a collection cover tunes – forgotten hits and deep cuts – written in the late 60s and 70s by songwriters Tom T. Hall, Waylon Jennings, Don Gibson, Barry Gibb, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Rush, and others. The album was produced by Tucker Martine, with backing vocals by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Laura Veirs.
Below, listen to Blau’s cover of “Fallin’ Rain”, written by Link Wray for Wary’s self-titled 1971 album, and listen to Wray’s original version of it.
Gotta Hear Song Of The Week, Karl Blau