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Tours: Greg Graffin

ANTI-Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin will be heading on a short Fall tour in support of his latest solo album.  The album is titled Millport, and features instrumental accompaniment by Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, and was produced by Brett Gurewitz.  

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Greg Graffin

Millport

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Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has done it all.  From penning academic works exploring the interaction between evolution and religion, delivering lectures at the University of Cornell and University of California, to fronting one of the most celebrated punk rock bands of the past thirty years, little has remained beyond Graffin’s scope of engagement.  

For a man with so much on the go, Graffin has always budgeted a little time for himself.  This typically takes the form of a solo album about every ten or so years.  Each contribution has defined itself uniquely.  1997’s piano driven American Lesion was inspired by the breakup of his marriage, and 2008’s Cold As The Clay paid respects to the Americana that continues to influence Graffin’s songwriting.

His third outing, Millport, serves as a pure passion piece, of which Graffin has likened the organic nature of the songwriting process to that which led to the iconic Bad Religion classic, Suffer.  Performed in a straight up country-rock format, produced and co-written by Bad Religion songwriter Brett Gurewitz, the album features backing instrumentation courtesy members of Social Distortion.  In many ways, Millport is to Graffin what Nick 13’s solo work is to Tiger Army – a significant and passionately executed detour.

Millport is an album defining itself through a healthy dose of country-driven twang, with Graffin’s vocals following suit.  “Backroads of My Mind” sets the tone by kicking up a little dust and drawing gearing up the honky tonk.  It’s far from anything remotely resembling punk-rock, and once you get over the initial shock and embrace the underlying authenticity, thrives because of it.  That being said, Graffin continues to draw upon stylistic staples like sweeping vocal harmonies and steady melodies in songs like “Too Many Virtues,” alongside traditional elements ranging from shifting pedal steel to string plucking banjos.  The title track feels particularly powerful, serving as a significant album standout that weaves in each instrument and influence.  Like a classic Bad Religion song, Graffin latches onto a melody and squeezes every ounce of momentum from chorus straight through to the late song bridge.  Other highlights like “Making Time,” “Echo On The Hill,” and “Sawmill” capture a distinctly rural spirit, filled with subtle “woah ohs” and tuneful backing fiddle and mandolin.  “Time of Need” is a particularly noteworthy aside due largely to the infusion of gospel elements reflecting Graffin’s belief that at the very least, religion has afforded the world with a fine soundtrack.

Overall, Millport shouldn’t be shocking to those of us that have grown up alongside Bad Religion, but it’s understandable for those less versed to find the country-rock content surprising to say the least.  Greg Graffin has had a remarkable career, and Millport affords yet another notable point of reference.  While country rock may not be for everyone, Millport stands to impress those willing to take Graffin’s latest solo for a spin.

Greg Graffin – Backroads Of My Mind

ANTI-Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has premiered a new song from his upcoming solo album.  The album will be titled Millport, features instrumental accompaniment by Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, and was produced by Brett Gurewitz.  

Listen to the song “Backroads Of My Mind” here.

Tour dates are below.  The album is expected to drop via ANTI- on March 10, 2017.

Tours: Greg Graffin

ANTI-Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin will be heading on tour in support of his upcoming solo album.  The album will be titled Millport, which features instrumental accompaniment by Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, and was produced by Brett Gurewitz.  

Tour dates are below.  The album is expected to drop via ANTI- on March 10, 2017.

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Greg Graffin (Bad Religion) Details New Solo Album; Streams First Track

ANTI-Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has premiered a new song from his upcoming solo album.  The track in question is “Making Time,” from the album Millport, which features instrumental accompaniment by Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, and was produced by Brett Gurewitz.  

Listen to the song below.  The album is expected to drop via ANTI- on March 10, 2017.

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Video: Greg Graffin – Lincoln’s Funeral Train (Norman Blake)

ANTI-Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has premiered a music video for his recent cover of folk artist Norman Blake.  The track in question is “Lincoln’s Funeral Train,” for which the instrumental accompaniment was provided by Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, and was produced by Brett Gurewitz.  

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Greg Graffin – Lincoln’s Funeral Train (Norman Blake)

ANTI-Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has premiered a cover of folk artist Norman Blake.  The track in question is “Lincoln’s Funeral Train,” about which he comments:

“This song is such a sorrowful piece of Americana and is deeply significant today. The vision of that black funeral train heading west forever into the sunset is symbolic of today’s flickering Republican torch. The Great Emancipator’s passing is once again relevant: Lincoln was the founding President of the Republican Party, a blip so distant on the horizon that it is hardly recognizable anymore.”

Instrumental accompaniment was provided by Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, and was produced by Brett Gurewitz.  Listen to the track below.

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Greg Graffin To Release Book ‘Population Wars’ This September

Greg GraffinProlific professor and Bad Religion front man Greg Graffin has announced release details for his newest academic book.  The book will be titled Population Wars and will again tackle topics at the intersection of biological science, religion, morality and popular culture.  Graffin earned a PHD from Cornell (Zoology), where he currently serves as a lecturer in evolution.  The book follows 2010’s book Anarchy Evolution.

In celebration of the release, Graffin will embark on a series of special live appearances.  The appearances will feature a combination of acoustic performances of songs related to the book interspersed with spoken word and followed with a question and answer segment.  Full live listings are below.

A special pre order of “Population Wars” is available through Bad Religion’s online store. The package includes a limited edition 7″ EP of specially re-recorded Graffin songs that helped inspire the book. 

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Greg Graffin - Cold As Clay

Greg Graffin

Cold As Clay

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Earlier this week, I went up to a cabin with some friends. We were out in the middle of nowhere, next to a giant lake hidden amongst a never ending sea of trees. At night we sat around a fire, drinking, telling stories, hanging out, and acting like, well, drunk teenagers as the night went on. Throughout the night we had this mix CD playing that I had burnt for the trip, cleverly titled “The Compact Disk Of Coolness”; and while the guys loved it, the girls soon started to become annoyed with hearing the same songs over and over again for three days straight. So it eventually became a battle for the CD player and the CDs seemed to switch back and forth at quicker intervals. Now you may be wondering what this story as to do with Greg Graffin‘s solo release, Cold As The Clay; well, the thing is this: the day I came back from the cabin I saw Graffin‘s CD laying on my kitchen table. I threw it in, and as soon as the first melodies of harmonica and guitars floated through the speakers I knew that this, right here, was the CD that should’ve found its place in that sought-after CD player in the middle of nature, surrounded by trees and a collection of friends.

For you see, Cold As The Clay is a soothingly perfect collection of americana folk tunes that are meant to be shared with friends and family as they sit around a fire, telling stories and sharing drinks. They are songs you can easily picture being sung around a campfire, being passed down from generation to generation. Hell, some of them even have, as Graffin has taken some old traditional folklore songs like One More Hill, Willie More, Omie Wise and Little Sadie and given them his own little spin – all with the help of Mr. BrettThe Weakerthans and label-mate Jolie Holland.

Still, anyone who is a Bad Religion fan knows that Graffin is a talented song-writer himself; and he proved that once again with Cold As Clay as he took up the main song-writing duties for the other half of the album. The songs show perfectly that he can do more than write political charged punk anthems; instead, he can also write soothing folklore songs that feel as if they have been passed down through generations and that they will continue to get passed down for years to come. Don’t Be Afraid To Run, The Watchmaker’s Dial and Rebel’s Goodbye are all beautifully crafter americana songs with timeless lyrics that urge you to replay them over and over again.

Yeah, there’s no denying that this is the singer from Bad Religion, after all, Greg Graffin does have a very distinct set of vocals. Still, his vocals fit nicely and he made, maybe not a standout album, but a timeless album. Next time I take a trip up to that hidden cabin with my friends, you can be sure Cold As The Clay will be in my backpack.

Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin To Release “Anarchy Evolution” Book On Sept 28

Greg GraffinBad Religion‘s Greg Graffin will release his new book Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science and Bad Religion in a World Without God, co-authored with science journalist Steve Olson, on September 28. The book will coincide with the release of Bad Religion’s new album The Dissent of Man.

Anarchy Evolution is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Borders.com and bundled with The Dissent of Man at BadReligionStore.com. Additionally, a limited number of special signed, first editions of Anarchy Evolution are available for pre-order at AnarchyEvolution.com until September 28 when Graffin will kick off his book tour in New York City.

The book is described as combining Graffin’s experiences in punk culture and the academic world, as well as exploring the deep connection between art, religion, and science.

Bad Religion's Greg Graffin To Release "Anarchy Evolution" Book On Sept 28

Greg GraffinBad Religion‘s Greg Graffin will release his new book Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science and Bad Religion in a World Without God, co-authored with science journalist Steve Olson, on September 28. The book will coincide with the release of Bad Religion’s new album The Dissent of Man.

Anarchy Evolution is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Borders.com and bundled with The Dissent of Man at BadReligionStore.com. Additionally, a limited number of special signed, first editions of Anarchy Evolution are available for pre-order at AnarchyEvolution.com until September 28 when Graffin will kick off his book tour in New York City.

The book is described as combining Graffin’s experiences in punk culture and the academic world, as well as exploring the deep connection between art, religion, and science.

Greg Graffin to release ‘Anarchy Evolution’ book in October

Greg GraffinPunkNews have posted details on the upcoming book from Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin have been unveiled. The book is titled Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God and was co-authored by Steve Olson. The hardcover edition, slated for an October 5th release, clocks in at 224 pages. HarperStudio is publishing the work. 

In an interview on the publisher’s website Graffin comments on his plans to promote the work on Bad Religion’s upcoming 30th anniversary tours:

I would like to meet as many people as possible who are interested in evolution and the worldview they take from it. For that reason, I hope to appear in many bookstores, coffee shops, and speaking venues on the same days that we play concerts in cities all over the world. What a privilege, talk about the issues during the day, sing about them at night. It’s a dream come true!


Greg Graffin to release 'Anarchy Evolution' book in October

Greg GraffinPunkNews have posted details on the upcoming book from Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin have been unveiled. The book is titled Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God and was co-authored by Steve Olson. The hardcover edition, slated for an October 5th release, clocks in at 224 pages. HarperStudio is publishing the work. 

In an interview on the publisher’s website Graffin comments on his plans to promote the work on Bad Religion’s upcoming 30th anniversary tours:

I would like to meet as many people as possible who are interested in evolution and the worldview they take from it. For that reason, I hope to appear in many bookstores, coffee shops, and speaking venues on the same days that we play concerts in cities all over the world. What a privilege, talk about the issues during the day, sing about them at night. It’s a dream come true!