Monday, March 16, 2015

Brooklyn-based songwriter Jeremy Bass emerges from difficult period of self-imposed isolation with two new albums.

Musical director of OBIE Award-winning Secret City to release Haggard, Waits-influenced “Winter Bare” on April 14th.


Jeremy Bass as photographed by Robyn Hasty



“Lift Me Up” is the first single from Winter Bare by Jeremy Bass.  Hear it via Guitar World or at the links below!


“Wrapped up in a warmth that put a smile on my face. It’s daring and simple all at the same time.” – Guitar World

‘Lift Me Up’ is the first song I wrote after months of not writing,” says Brooklyn’s Jeremy Bass of his isolated existence in the winter of 2013 when he began working on Winter Bare, the first of his two upcoming albums.  The track can be heard here via an exclusive premiere at Guitar World.  “It was on one of those dark nights when it was all I could do to keep myself from going crazy,” he remembers. “Winter has always been tough for me, and the winter of 2013 was especially hard.”

He isn’t kidding.

Just prior to the creation of Winter Bare, Bass was splitting up with his wife, selling the house they shared together, and toiling away for the third year straight on a debut album that he had become disconnected with by the time it was finally released late last year. Returning to single living in Brooklyn during the intense New York winter of 2013, Bass found himself secluded in an empty house, sifting through his memories.

“I was drinking, I had run out of money, I was nearly unemployed, and certainly unemployable,” he confesses. “But, I had a fireplace and my guitars.”  Though Bass was in the grip of despair, he thought that maybe he could write his way out of it and actually change the course of his life in the process.

He has.

“By the end of the winter, I’d fallen in love again, and had a set of songs that wove their way through loneliness, despair and near-insanity, to love and longing, and ultimately hope,” he says.

Unlike Bass’ labored-over debut album, Winter Bare – which arrives on April 14th and will be followed up by an album of Bossa nova-inspired tunes called New York in Spring on June 2nd – is pure and to the point. Musically, the album bares the influence of musical outlaws such as Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Tom Waits, artists Bass was listening to as he taught himself to play mandolin and banjo, his “divorce gifts” to himself.

“I suppose it’s fitting that the songs on Winter Bare came out after a period of intense suffering in my personal life, followed by unexpected and incredibly joyful personal freedom, and musical exploration,” Bass concludes.

Winter Bare arrives on April 14th to be followed up by New York in Spring on June 2nd. Jeremy Bass is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


Jeremy Bass – Live

03/21 Los Angeles, CA @ Room 5 7PM
03/29 New York, NY @ Dixon Place The Secret City, 1130AM
04/06 New York, NY @ Bowery Electric 6PM


Jeremy Bass
Winter Bare
April 14th, 2015

Track Listing:

01. Introduction (Shoreline)
02. Lift Me Up (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
03. Winter Bare
04. One More Cigarette
05. Coming Back Home
06. Red Tailed Hawk
07. Winterlude (Banjo for Annie)
08. Counting
9. (Lookin’ For) The Heart of Saturday Night (Vinyl-Only Bonus Track)


Jeremy Bass Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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