Gorbel has come full circle this year, stepping out from behind the Honorary Title name and recording two remarkable new discs. His solo sound mines classic soul, traditional folk and Americana, incorporating strings, horns and female backing vocals for a sound more lush and organic than any of his previous work.
The Honorary Title began several years ago as the moniker for Gorbelâ€™s solo folk musings, and later evolved into a full-fledged quartet. The band released their debut, Anything Else But The Truth, in 2004; the album received praise from Rolling Stone and Spin. Their first major-label release, 2007â€™s Scream and Light Up the Sky, also garnered critical accolades, with Paste Magazine proclaiming that the album was the â€œunder-realized power-pop supergroupâ€â€™s best to date.
With its deceptively simple melodies, warm arrangements and soulful, soaring vocals, Gorbelâ€™s solo material brings the best qualities of The Honorary Title into crisp focus, making the details even more enchanting.
March 1 Mississippi Studios Portland, Or
March 2 Vera Project Seattle, Wa
March 5 Swedish American Hall San Francisco, Ca
March 6 Bootleg Theater Los Angeles, Ca
March 8 UCSD The Loft La Jolla, Ca
March 10 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Pa
March 11 Jammin Java Vienna, Va
March 12 The Saint Asbury Park, NJ
March 13 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY
March 18 The Middle East Boston, Ma
March 19 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, Ma
March 20 Valentine’s Albany, NY
March 27 Eddie’s Attic Atlanta, Ga