First, thank you all so much for the warm reception you've given to Upturned In Everest. I'm glad you are enjoying the album. If you like the music, please share it on your social media(s), click "save" on Spotify, add the songs to your favorite playlists. Anything you can do to get the word out is greatly appreciated.
THE RELEASE SHOW WITH DR. CATERWAUL'S AND SPECIAL GUESTS IS THIS SATURDAY 9/14. I'm told this event is filling up fast, but there's still some tix left. If you've not yet purchased tickets, I suggest you do so by clicking here. We've been doing a lot of rehearsing and it's been a real treat to play these songs with such a great group of musicians and friends. I look forward to seeing you there. I have no other performances planned at this time.
Some additional housekeeping:
· The great Connecticut music blog CT SCRAMBLE had some kind things to say about the album.
"Even considering Belbusti’s prolific catalog of releases, Upturned in Everest is Mercy Choir’s finest moment and strongest release to date."
· Chip McCabe, on his wonderful and entertaining site The Metal Dad, said this:
"Belbusti has been writing intriguing and memorable music for longer than most of us can remember, and this current decade has been especially kind to Mercy Choir fans with some of Belbusti’s best work seeing the light of day. However, with newest full-length, Upturned In Everest, Belbusti may have truly outdone himself."
· It was my pleasure talking to Lucy Gellman for this piece in Arts Council and reading her thoughts about the new album.
· The site CT VERSES wrote this lovely and thoughtful review of the album.
"it could have been a record by Paul Belbusti, but it’s not. the identity of Mercy Choir — what it is, exactly — changes, just like its music, to reflect Belbusti’s own art. Upturned in Everest is a personal journey, but it’s also an expansive record with lyrics that are just as much about Belbusti’s inner life as they are about american life, the music industry, and history. it’s Mercy Choir’s best album."
· On Thurday at 6pm, I'll be calling into Robbie DeRosa's radio show Homegrown. Tune in! I'm sure we'll chat about Saturday's show.
Thank you all again. I look forward to seeing you this weekend.
Keep your lamps trimmed and burning,