(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Peter Gabriel protege Joseph Arthur, a Grammy Award-nominated artist who was the first North American signed by Gabriel to his Real World record label, performs at Club Helsinki on Friday, March 16, 2012, at 9 p.m. One of today’s most acclaimed alt-rock singer-songwriters, Joseph Arthur describes his music as “someone trying to heal over experimental folk rock.” Earthy, eclectic, and brooding, Arthur’s poignant songs have won him comparisons to the likes of Leonard Cohen, Joe Henry, and Jeff Buckley.
Arthur’s newest release, the double album Redemption City – available as a full, free digital download from his website – offers more of his patented hushed, late-night missives, this time couched in Beck-esque electro-beats.
Arthur’s confessional, poetic style early on impressed Peter Gabriel, who in 1997 released his debut, Big City Secrets, on Real World and sang back-up vocals on the album as well. Arthur’s 1999 sophomore disc, Vacancy, was nominated for a Grammy, and his 2000 breakthrough album, Come to Where I’m At, was co-produced by T-Bone Burnett (Bob Dylan, the Wallflowers) and Tchad Blake (Richard Thompson, Suzanne Vega). 2004’s Our Shadows Will Remain was named Album of the Year by Rolling Stone.
In 2006, Arthur’s fans Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) and Chris Martin (Coldplay) recorded a cover of Arthur’s “In the Sun” for a Hurricane Katrina benefit album, and in 2010 he formed the super group Fistful of Mercy with Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison (the son of George Harrison). Legendary drummer Jim Keltner (John Lennon, Bob Dylan) and indie rocker Liz Phair joined Arthur for 2010’s stripped-down, acoustic masterpiece, The Graduation Ceremony. Arthur also recorded a one-off album called Holding the Void, a group effort that included Wilco bassist Pat Sansone.
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