“It’s that magnificent hue, not blue and not green, but something in between that was the colour of a waterscape completely foreign to a kid who grew up beside the turbulent chocolate milk of the mouth of the Mississippi”, Andrew Duhon says, as he elaborates on the title track to his forthcoming album, Emerald Blue.
“Logging roads in the Washington mountains / Far cry from the Southland”, Duhon sings in his gently ambling paean to the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. “Far cry from the muddy water I always knew / Emerald blue.”
“This song is a journal of my exploration through the Pacific Northwest over the past few years. My partner’s eyes are also blue-green”, Duhon explains. “She’s the one I’d go up to visit while she worked in rural Washington state. Our travels around the area introduced me to this song and to her and to that intangible nuance of two shades mixing together to create something new and beautiful”.
There’s an infectious, boundless joy to ‘Emerald Blue’; a breezy acoustic guitar taking off on a romantic adventure into the wild unknown as Duhon falls in love with the big wide world anew while it opens up before him. For the New Orleans-based singer it’s a bittersweet appreciation of natural beauty, with a melancholy left lingering in the air around him as he thinks back on the contrasting landscapes of his childhood.
Faintly reminiscent of early M Ward and artists like Beachwood Sparks, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Sparklehorse or Damien Jurado, ‘Emerald Blue’ sits happily at the crossroads of harmony-drenched pop, rustic americana, Appalachian folk and about a half-dozen other styles, all meeting and mixing around the warmth of Duhon’s vocals; world-weary, stretched and full of soul.
It features Duhon’s backing band Jano Rix, Myles Weeks, and Dan Walker, and was engineered by GRAMMY-winner Trina Shoemaker at Dockside Studios
Holler is premiering the wonderful new video for ‘Emerald Blue’ exclusively below.
The album Emerald Blue is out on July 29th and you can catch Andrew Duhon on tour throughout the year.
7.7 - Cambridge, MA - Club Passim
7.9 - East Greewich, RI - Private Party
7.15 - Pueblo, CO - Brues Alehouse
7.16 - Winter Park, CO - Cooper Creek Square
7.17 - Boulder, CO - Gold Hill Inn
7.21 - Boulder, CO - The Barn - Benefit Concert
7.22 - Pallisade, CO - Pallisade Brewery
7.29 - Lafayette, LA - Grouse Room
7.30 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
7.31 - Mobile, AL - Callaghan’s
8.01 - Birmingham, AL - Dave’s Pub
8.02 - Decatur, GA - Eddie’s Attic
8.03 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
8.04 - Greenville, SC - Radio Room
8.05 - Charlotte, NC - The Evening Muse
8.07 - Raleigh, NC - Pour House Music Hall
8.10 - Port Townsend, WA - Wheeler Theater
8.11 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
8.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
8.13 - Kingston, WA - Concerts in the Barn
8.14 - Nine Mile Falls, WA - Live at Andre's
8.17 - New York, NY - Cafe Wha?
8.18 - Wayne, PA - 118 North
8.19 - Syracuse, NY - 443 Social Club
8.20 - South Lincoln, VT - Private Party
8.21 - Exeter, NH - The Word Barn
8.24 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java
8.25 - Thomas, WV - Purple Fiddle
9.23 - Red River, NM - Red River Folk Fest
10.18 - Venice, CA - Venice West
10.20 - Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall
10/28 - Santa Barbara, CA - Lobero Theatre