Bartees Strange (Photo courtesy 4AD)
DC’s Bartees Strange released his sophomore full-length album, Farm to Table, recently, and he’s set to headline 9:30 Club on Saturday, Nov. 19!
Farm to Table, Bartees’ highly anticipated second album and 4AD debut, features the singles “Heavy Heart,” “Cosigns,” “Hold The Line,” and “Wretched.”
On lead single “Heavy Heart,” Bartees is letting go of the guilt he has felt for years; guilt for his father’s sacrifices to build a better future for his family; guilt for the recent passing of his grandfather; guilt for the time he spends on tour and away from his partner; guilt for experiencing success while everyone else in his life was suffering after the release of Live Forever (his debut full-length record) during the first year of the pandemic.
Relinquishing those feelings, Bartees is hoping to move forward and towards an optimistic future — celebrating the wins even when life can be heavy and hard. The single is accompanied by visuals directed by Missy Dabice, who places Bartees front and center. Echoing many of the themes of “Heavy Heart,” Bartees also proudly wears his father and grandfather’s clothes as a tribute to them.
Watch the official music video for “Heavy Heart” by Bartees Strange on YouTube:
Born in Ipswich, England, to a military father and opera-singer mother, Bartees Leon Cox Jr., better known as Bartees Strange, had a peripatetic early childhood before eventually settling in Mustang, Oklahoma. Later, Bartees cut his teeth playing in hardcore bands in DC and Brooklyn whilst working in the Barack Obama administration and (eventually) the environmental movement.
In addition to being a tireless musician, Bartees also is a very much in-demand studio producer! Be sure to check out this local breakout artist in his first headlining show at 9:30 Club.
W/ Pom Pom Squad, Spring Silver
Saturday, Nov. 19
Doors @ 6pm