Europe Tour 2012

Here it is! The tour dates for my upcoming European Tour! For more info including venue info, tickets, etc. please check out my songkick page: – OCTOBER 23. Frankfurt, Germany – Das Fein Staub 24. Stuttgart, Germany – Cafe Galao 25. Berlin, Germany – Ma Thilda 26. Hannover, Germany – Sing-Sing 27. Münster, Germany – Eule 28. Schwarzenberg, Germany – Garlerie Rademann 29. TBA – PRAGUE 30. Leipzig, Germany – Noch Besser Leben 31. Antwerp, Belgium – Trix w/ Six Organs of Admittance NOVEMBER 01. Eindhoven, Netherlands – Effenar w/ Six Organs of Admittance 02. Hamburg, Germany – Hasenschaukel 03. Chemnitz, Germany – Nachschlag 04. Dresden, Germany – Galerie Adam Ziege 05. TBA – DUSSELDORF 06. Caen, France – La Porte Sans Cle 07. Paris, France – L’Atmosphere Bar 08. Cologne, Germany – Lichtung 09. Brussels, Belgium – Ecologie Center 10. Liege, Belgium- L’An Vert 11. Saarbrucken, Germany – Manufaktur der Schonen Dinge 12. Zurich, Switzerland – Langstars – SPAIN TOUR to follow with THE BLACK SWANS!  tour dates coming soon.

All Hands Electric CMJ Showcase

Some of you may not know this already but for the past 4 years I’ve been co-running a record label with two close friends. Back in the summer of 2008 my band Illuminations was ready to release our first album. We weren’t new to playing in bands or cutting records, we just felt that it’d be cool to do everything ourselves for once, not sure why, it just seemed like a good idea at the time. Four years later I’m still standing by this concept, and in all honesty if it weren’t for All Hands Electric most of my music would never have been heard. To celebrate our four year anniversary we’re throwing a party. It just so happens that it’s during CMJ week. I hope that you will join us. Tuesday October 16 @ Union Pool – 484 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY Free admission for CMJ badge holders. Poster reflects set times!

Back in the U.S.A

Live at End of the Road Festival Sept. 1st 2012. Polaroid by Chloe McCarrick Well I’m back home again. I had a great time traveling in the UK. After three visits I feel like I’m only now understanding the lay of the land. I got to play in a couple new cities; I went to one of the oldest pubs in all of Yorkshire in the one time capital city of York, while Nottingham was my favorite show of the tour. The festival was amazing as expected. Played to the biggest audience I think I ever have. Got to see some great sets by Beach House, Roy Harper, Patti Smith, Richard Buckner, The Dirty Three, and Robyn Hitchcock and drank a couple tons of Ale. Met some new friends on the road and even managed to come home with money in my bag. It’s September 11th today. A pretty memorable date if there ever was one. It also marks the anniversary of my move to New York City. It’s been 10 years to the day! Have to say that every time I leave this city I’m always happy to be back. Here’s to 10 more!

End of the Road Festival 2012

I feel pretty honored to have been asked to play this year’s End of the Road Festival in Dorset, England.  I was lucky enough to experience it as an audience member last year and had an amazing time.  It’s the best festival I’ve ever been to without a doubt.  I’ll be performing a solo set on the second day of the festival (Sept. 1st) at 1 pm in the afternoon.  I’m sharing the same stage with one of my heroes, Robyn Hitchcock!  I hear the tickets are almost sold out so if you’re planning on going don’t hesitate!!! Visit the EOTR website for info and tickets: I have a bunch more UK dates in the works.  I’ll be announcing the tour schedule shortly!

Opening for UK folk legend Michael Chapman!

I feel honored to be supporting the legendary Michael Chapman this Friday at Union Pool. For those don’t know Mr. Chapman has been releasing amazing folk/rock/guitar based records since 1969 (Light in the Attic records has recently reissued his first two albums).  He is (without a doubt) one of the greatest living troubadours.  I’ll be opening the night at 9pm. Mike Wexler, a musician of extraordinary talent will be following my set.  The night will be concluded by a solo set by Michael Chapman. Seriously… I wouldn’t even being playing the music I do if this guy hadn’t thought of it first. Don’t miss this!

Love Everlasting 7″ on Dull Knife Records

I am excited to announce the release of a new 7″ single on Houston, TX. based label Dull Knife Records!  This two song single  is part of the label’s ongoing 7″ songwriter series.  It features the songs “Love Everlasting” and “Hallelujah Kid” and is limited to 300 copies. For these songs I let my power pop and rock influences come to the fore.  It must have been from jamming all those Nick Lowe and Dwight Twilley records!  “Love Everlasting” is a slow burner that’s been showing up in live sets with The Rain Band for the past year including last year’s Daytrotter session.  It was recorded at the All Hands House with contributions from Uriah Theriault, Phil Glauberzon, Michael Flis, and Ryan Johnson.  “Hallelujah Kid” is a folk rock song that starts out mellow but eventually morphs into a roller rink anthem.

NATCH 5 – Zachary Cale, Ethan Schmid & Mighty Moon

Last April I was invited by chief engineer of BLACK DIRT STUDIO, Jason Meagher (No Neck Blues Band, Coach Fingers) to take part in a new collaborative recording project called NATCH.  The idea of the project is to bring two different sounding bands/artists to Black Dirt’s upstate NY studio and record a couple tracks together.  Jason paired me with the Brooklyn dream folk duo MIGHTY MOON, comprised of members Leah Evans and Jay Giampietro.  I asked my good pal and RAIN BAND drummer Ethan Schmid to tag along to add his percussion and banjo skills. We ended up recording two songs and two instrumentals with each musician playing a role on each track.  My contributions are “Love in Vain” and “Memory Loss”, while Mighty Moon contributed “Worlds Away” and “Trees Don’t Sleep”.  It was amazing how fast these came together. Feel free to share the mp3’s from the soundcloud links below, and don’t forget to download the whole session from WFMU’s FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE at the bottom of this post. – “Love in Vain” was written by the near mythical figure, Robert Johnson.  I’ve been playing my own warped version of his classic for years.  While the lyrics are adapted […]

Spring Tour

Spring is here.  To shake off the winter dust I’ll be hitting the road for some dates around New England. I’ll be kicking it off with a local show this Thursday night at UNION POOL. I’ll be bringing The Rain Band with me for this one.  Check the Tour Dates page for ticket information. Doors @ 8pm $8

…back from the by and by

Hello out there, this is Zachary Cale.  It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve been back from the road, think I’ve finally adjusted to being back in New York City.  I had a fantastic trip playing shows all across Europe, met some great people and learned a lot about being a living breathing troubadour.  I’ll share some choice photos from my travels on here soon.  (The one included here is from Brussels!) It’s late autumn now (my favorite time of year) and it looks like it’s back to work for me.  I got a lot in the cutting room, the most exciting being a new record!  If all goes to plan I’ll have the songs done by Christmas.  Yep, winter is on the way and I’m already half way into hibernation mode… but I’ll be sending out transmissions when I can, so look in on me sometime.