Canadian country star Corb Lund will return to the UK in January for a week of shows, marking his first trip back in more than three years. The tour, which will kick off January 13 in Brighton and include dates in Bath, Glasgow, Easton and London, is in support of his acclaimed new album, Things That Can’t Be Undone, produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton). An ambitious, stylistically diverse and frequently surprising collection, the record, released October 9 on New West Records (Steve Earle, John Hiatt, Nikki Lane) finds Lund pushing his wry observations, darkly biting tales, rural balladry and keen storytelling into musically and thematically new terrain, resulting in what many have called the best album of his accomplished career.

Recorded with his long time band The Hurtin’ Albertans (Grant Siemens on electric guitar and lap steel, Kurt Ciesla on bass and Brady Valgardson on drums), Things That Can’t Be Undone is a self-assured and mature set of songs that pairs Lund’s characteristically sharp songcraft and mix of earnest Americana, rollicking honky tonk and rousing alt-country with ‘60s rock, soul, and some Eastern psychedelia. The record has received rave reviews in the UK, US and Canada with MOJO writing, “It’s great credit to both Lund and his versatile backing band, The Hurtin’ Albertans, that such see-sawing through genres can sound so much like a singular piece of work” and NPR hailing it “the high mark of a long career.” Rolling Stone, who premiered the Stax Records-steeped album opener “Weight Of The Gun,” a sort of Louis L’Amour Western tale crossed with Motown, said the album “finds Lund flirting in fresh sonic waters, while still keeping his sardonic mix of eerie lyrics and deceptively joyful vamps well intact.” In Popmatters’ 8/10 review they said, “Melodically engaging and narratively compelling, Things That Can’t Be Undone furthers the case for Corb Lund as one of the best contemporary country songwriters.”

Things That Can’t Be Undone is a lively and loose record influenced heavily by ‘60s and ‘70s rock and country and steeped in the kind of narratives Lund is beloved for. The cautionary tale “Talk Too Much” swaggers like a Stones song as Siemens exhibits some searing guitar chops. On “Washed-Up Rock Star Factory Blues,” written with Evan Felker of the Turnpike Troubadours, Lund offers an uproarious response to Johnny Paycheck’s classic “Take This Job and Shove It”: “Here’s your backstage pass to the warehouse boiler room/That’s what he said as he handed me my broom/Don’t be sittin’ down now son, it ain’t your break time yet/I guess you’re used to them seventy-five minute sets.” In the powerful “Sadr City” an Eastern influenced psychedelic guitar riff sets that scene for a tragic tale about the Siege of Sadr City, the first big flare-up of sectarian violence in Iraq after Mission Accomplished. The track continues Lund’s tradition of military songs that he began in with his 2007 album, Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!

Lund is not your usual singer/songwriter. A sixth generation rancher, he was raised on the family ranch where he grew up raising cattle, riding bulls and listening to cowboy music. Prior to his solo career he was in the beloved Canadian punk/metal band The Smalls. He is a JUNO Award Winner (Canadian Grammys), has multiple Canadian Gold Records to his name and has won Artist Of The Year from the Canadian Country Music Awards eight times running. His previous studio album, 2012’s Cabin Fever, hit #1 in Canada its first week, made the Polaris Music Prize longlist and resulted in nearly two years of constant touring, including a tour with Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley. With Things That Can’t Be Undone, Lund is poised for an even bigger breakthrough.

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