April 3, 2018
Clarence Bucaro Announces New Album ‘Passionate Kind’
American Songwriter Premieres First Single “Where Do I Go?”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — April 3, 2018 — Today, Clarence Bucaro makes his long-awaited return with the announcement of his powerful new studio album Passionate Kind. Set for release onMay 18, 2018 via 20/20 Records , the record gives a compelling and honest glimpse into Bucaro’s inner self. The artist grips the listener with profound emotion and bares his soul telling sonic stories from raw personal experience. Bucaro’s music has received praise from publications like NPR, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone, who commented on his, “intimate literate lyrics & velvet vocals.” On Friday, American Songwriter announced the album and premiered “Where Do I Go?”, the first single from the album. Passionate Kind is available for pre-order on iTunes; Bucaro will be touring the US and Europe throughout the year (dates below).
Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Joe Henry recently said:
“Entering Clarence Bucaro’s folksy and soulful new album, ‘The Passionate Kind,’ is like coming upon a small town blinking in darkness. I felt a character introduce himself at the city limits, then bid me follow – and I did: through vivid dreams and ghostly doubt; great fear and small revelations; through love both lost and found. I don’t know if the stories herein are factually true to their author, or just mystically true to our collective and shared experience. But I do know that I wholly believe the singer when these generous songs unspool, and too that I might decide to stay for a while… look for work, maybe, and a clean start. This place feels both fresh and familiar, I mean to say; inviting. And like a fella could make a whole life for himself here if he had to.”
Clarence Bucaro is an accomplished singer, songwriter & producer, art advocate, aspiring author, entrepreneur and a force in the world of music. Growing up in the country (just outside of Cleveland, Ohio) Bucaro relied on imagination and creativity to form his own adventures. At eight, he picked up a real guitar and by age ten, wrote his first song. While at university, Bucaro started a grassroots campaign and secured his first record deal with an Americana label out of Portland, Oregon. He toured with The Blind Boys of Alabama and Mavis Staples, playing to sold out theaters across America.
Fast forward fifteen years, eleven albums and hundreds of shows later, Bucaro continues to share his own voice through his literate lyrics and carefully crafted melodies. His forthcoming album Passionate Kind was recorded at The Loft in Chicago with co-producer Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams) and features sensational artists Chris Farney (Josh Radin) on drums, Scott Ligon (NRBQ, Mavis Staples) on piano and bass, and Doug Pettibone (Marianne Faithful, Lucinda Williams) on guitar.
The genesis of the songs is the state of our current times. True to form, Bucaro captures events and crafts lyrics that are topical, provocative, and crucial. “These times are overwhelming. Everyone seems confused and angry; even devastated,” says Bucaro about the political and spiritual nature of this country post-election. “There’s a lot of disbelief; a lot of questions; a lot of wondering what’s going to happen next.”
Nowhere are these thoughts and turbulent feelings more clearly embodied than in the evocative, “Where Do I Go?” in which Bucaro opens the song by asking, “Is this a breakdown or a breakthrough?” before he finds himself praying directly to God for direction. In “City of Light,” the writer is alone and vulnerable in Paris amongst the ghosts of great artists, dreaming his work can someday match the great inspiration around him. In the dynamic track “Sleepwalker”, the writer speaks to one who can’t see around him, because his eyes are closed. Bucaro says, “He is a zombie. He goes through the motions. He hates it but he’s stuck in a trance. He needs to shake his funk and see the light.”
The title track “Passionate Kind”, was written in honor of old and new heroines.”I read a lot of classic literature and watch a lot of opera. There is an amazing allegorical presence of females. I am so inspired by the movement of courageous, outstanding and powerfully passionate women around us. It’s the dawn of a new era. I consider them truly superhuman.”
The cover of the album boasts the drawing “Embracing Couple” by the great Austrian artist Egon Schiele . Art is life and life is art on the set of “Passionate Kind.”
April 27 — Seaside, FL — The Rep Theatre
May 18 — Atlanta, GA — Red Clay Theater
May 25 — Portland, OR — Mission Theater with Hal Ketchum
May 27 — Seattle, WA — Triple Door with Hal Ketchum
May 31 — New York, NY — Rockwood Music Hall (Album Release Party)
June 1 — Egremont, MA — The Barn
June 29 — Chicago, IL — City Winery with Marc Cohn
July 7 — Saline, MI — Stony Lake Brewing Co.
For more information, visit http://www.clarencebucaro.com/ .