On May 21, 2013, COLD SATELLITE- the six-piece band centered on the collaboration between critically acclaimed songwriter Jeffrey Foucault and award-winning poet Lisa Olstein- will release CAVALCADE, a sophomore album that both refines and concentrates the band’s signature amalgam of rock, blues, and country.
Described by legendary music critic Greil Marcus as having, “…a country feel that puts the people who live in the Nashville charts to shame… a deep, ditch electric guitar that takes a country song into the blues, and lets it go back where it came from,” COLD SATELLITE pairs Olstein’s visceral and often imagistic language with the rawboned authority of a rock band to create a stripped down ethos harkening back to records by Crazy Horse and the Faces, Led Zeppelin, and CCR.
Rising stars in their respective fields and longtime friends, Jeffrey Foucault and Lisa Olstein began their collaboration at a distance. In the winter of 2007, when he was between albums and she was between books, Olstein handed Foucault a folder of unpublished poems and fragments. Guitar in hand and with a field recorder on the table, he approached each piece cold, creating songs by elision and arrangement and leaving the listener to unify the intentions of the two artists in a single experience. The result is an expansion of the notion of authorship, and an experiment in the invention of meaning. It’s also rock n’ roll.
Following the release of their 2010 indie debut (Jeffrey Foucault: Cold Satellite) and successful American and European tours, COLD SATELLITE returned to the studio in December 2012 to record CAVALCADE, an expansive collection that veers nimbly from thunderous straight-ahead rockers to barroom blues, country-soul ballads to plaintive love songs. CAVALCADE will be released simultaneously with the publication of Lisa Olstein’s third book of poems LITTLE STRANGER, on the venerable Copper Canyon Press.
Featuring a world-class lineup that includes Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums, Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass, David Goodrich (Chris Smither) on electric guitars, Alex McCollough on pedal steel, and Hayward Williams on backing vocals, keyboards, and electric guitars, COLD SATELLITE weaves together strands of primitive rock, blues, R&B, and country in a modern refiguring of the nexus of poetry and song.
Longtime disciple of the rich and strange music that sings behind the American veil, Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues, producing a string of spare and elemental albums of rare power while garnering accolades across the United States and overseas for a tersely elegant brand of songwriting set apart by its haunting imagery and weather-beaten cool. He lives in Western Massachusetts.