Christopher Paul Stelling returns to Europe this August/September28-06-2022
Forgiving It All, Christopher Paul Stelling's latest release, is an instinctual and honest response to trying to make the best of it: sorting through the past and using the present to prepare for an unwritten future. These songs remind us we’re lucky to be here, no matter what or who it is we have to forgive.
Last year seemed to brim with transformational potential for Stelling. For the better part of a decade, he had been a feverish and itinerant troubadour, spilling guts and blood and sweat in soul-scraping solo sets. He’d lived up the lifestyle, too, hydrating for the stage with booze. But at the end of 2017, he’d gone sober after recognizing that chunks of his life had disappeared. Recorded a year later, Best of Luck—his third album for Anti- and the first he’d cut with a producer, Ben Harper—seemed poised to push him to new audiences, its mix of wistful acoustic ballads and stomp-around-the-room rock somehow both polished and primal. The shows were piling up, so much so that Stelling planned to have barely one day off in all of 2020.
Even before 2020 slid historically off the rails, Christopher Paul Stelling confronted an essential exercise in acceptance and gratitude. In December 2019, Stelling started another cross-country sprint from California to Florida, where the songwriter who has long called western North Carolina home was raised. Aside from recording his fifth album, Best of Luck, he had toured much of that year, making relentless laps around North America. He wanted to make it home not only for Christmas but also to see Emma, his 92-year-old grandmother. He didn’t; she passed just days before he arrived. Recorded alone in her modest white ranch house in Daytona Beach, Forgiving It All — Stelling’s wisest, most intimate, and most settled record yet, and his first self-released LP in eight years —feels like a final tribute to her and to everything he and we have lost or gained.
Earlier this year he toured across Europe and in Aug/Sep he's back for a short run of favorites for Christopher Paul Stelling:
25/08: Tønder, DK - Tønder Festival
26/08: Tønder, DK - Tønder Festival
27/08: Tønder, DK - Tønder Festival
28/08: Tønder, DK - Tønder Festival
30/08: Brussels, BE - Indies Keeping Secrets
31/08: Eindhoven, NL- Rozenknopje
01/09: Cologne, DE - Stadtgarten/JAKI
02/09: Sittard, NL - Volt
03/09: Amen, NL - Tuinconcert Café de Amer
04/09: Utrecht, NL - Café de Stad
06/09: Fehmarn, DE - Kajüthus
08/09: Witten, DE - Roxi
09/09: Asten, NL - Misty Fields
10/09: Enschede, NL - Tuckerville
11/09: Lint, BE - t Groot Verzet