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CAVALCADE, by Cold Satellite: a rock album based on the collaboration between songwriter Jeffrey Foucault and poet Lisa Olstein.

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THE STORY

PHOTO CREDIT: Toshimi Ogasawara
PHOTO CREDIT: Toshimi Ogasawara

In December 2012, COLD SATELLITE - the 6 piece band centered on the collaboration between critically acclaimed songwriter Jeffrey Foucault and award-winning poet Lisa Olstein - went into the studio to begin recording CAVALCADE, a sophomore album that both refines and concentrates the band's signature amalgam of rock, blues, and country.

Described by legendary music critic Greil Marcus as having, "...a country feel that puts the people who live in the Nashville charts to shame... then a deep ditch electric guitar takes a country song into the blues, and lets it go back where it came from," COLD SATELLITE pairs Lisa Olstein's visceral and imagistic language with Jeffrey Foucault's lyrical sensibility and the rawboned authority of a rock band to create a stripped down ethos that hearkens back to records by Crazy Horse and the Faces, Led Zeppelin and the Stones. The band is currently seeking funding for the CAVALCADE release and tour, slated for the spring of 2013.

PRAISE FOR COLD SATELLITE'S 2010 DEBUT

VINTAGE GUITAR: "Olstein’s lyrics are beautiful, and often chilling. They contribute to the dangerous aura of the music – no June, moon, spoon, stuff here. Rather, they’re reminiscent of Jim Carroll’s best stuff – dark, full of anarchic Bacchanalian energy waiting to bust out. . . Every tune packs an emotional and musical punch. Which makes it a mighty powerful piece of work."

MAVERICK (UK): **** "...At the dawn of the 21st century, Cold Satellite intuitively captures mankind's journey through the seasons."

THE TELEGRAPH (UK): **** "...A powerful mix of rock, folk, and country... A musician ably reaching for the sky."

ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE: "12 sinewy tracks that often echo the brooding eloquence of Foucault’s earlier work, but nearly as often stretch in previously untraveled directions as the songwriter approaches his craft from a new angle and broadens his melodic palette in the process..."

AL KOOPER: "...a lot cheaper than a Stones ticket and muuuuuuch younger"

THE BACK STORY

Rising stars in their respective fields and longtime friends, Jeffrey Foucault and Lisa Olstein began their collaboration at a distance. In the winter of 2007, when he was between albums and she was between books, Olstein handed Foucault a sheaf of unpublished poems and fragments. Home from the road and with his guitar in hand and a field recorder on the table, he approached each piece cold, creating songs by elision and arrangement and leaving the listener to unify the intentions of the two artists in a single experience. The result is an expansion of the notion of authorship, and an experiment in the invention of meaning. It's also rock n' roll.

THE BAND

PHOTO CREDIT: Alex Mccollough
PHOTO CREDIT: Alex Mccollough

Featuring a world-class lineup that includes Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums, Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass, David Goodrich (Chris Smither) on electric guitars, Alex Mccollough on pedal steel, and Hayward Williams on backing vocals, keyboards, and electric guitars, COLD SATELLITE weave together strands of primitive rock, blues, R&B, and country in a modern refiguring of the nexus of poetry and song.

PRAISE FOR JEFFREY FOUCAULT

PHOTO CREDIT: Sandy Dyas
PHOTO CREDIT: Sandy Dyas

THE NEW YORKER: “Jeffrey Foucault, sings stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest.”

MOJO: “Songwriting brilliance.”

THE IRISH TIMES: “Quietly brilliant…”

THE NEW YORK TIMES: "Contemporary and timeless"

WASHINGTON POST: “This is rock-and-roll in the key of country-noir: bleak visions of departed lovers, flickering TVs and empty landscapes underlined by pedal steel guitar and cello”.

UNCUT: "Exquisite"

PRAISE FOR LISA OLSTEIN

LIBRARY JOURNAL: "This poet brings a sparkling consciousness to the page and an exciting new voice to American poetry."

AMERICAN POET: "Fascinating and inventive..."

COLDFRONT: "Each poem stands on its own, total and whole, an intricate, delicate little world."

LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR COMMENDATION: "Beautiful and ambitious..."

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?

PHOTO CREDIT: Eric Vandeveld
PHOTO CREDIT: Eric Vandeveld

All Kickstarter funds will be used to pay for the CAVALCADE recording and post-production costs, including: tracking, mixing, mastering, layout design and packaging, posters, vinyl pressing, website, and publicity. Any remaining funds will go to tour support: getting COLD SATELLITE on the road and headed toward your town.

Release tours are slated for April 2013 on the East coast, May in the Midwest, and autumn for the West coast and Europe, with summer festivals between. With your help COLD SATELLITE will finish and release CAVALCADE, and play a city near you.

Risks and challenges

The main risk attached to this whole deal is the chance of going flat broke. Flights, hotels, three squares times six, back-line, rental vans, gasoline: they all add up. If we make our Kickstarter goal the hardest part is over, but the difficulties are endless. Risking your life on the road to play music you love is a beautiful thing. It's also really hard. We carve out time away from our families and our other lives, to spend countless and sometimes treacherous hours in vans and airplanes on the road between cities. We know the toll it takes, we've seen it, and we take it seriously. We've all been on the road for a decade or more, and some of us for two or three decades. That's a fine resume in itself. But whatever the setbacks are, we'll be alright. We do it because we love it, and love each other. Put some gas in the tank, tell us we'll break even, and we'll be there.

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