Bo White releases solo album, Same Deal/New Patrones Aug. 26
One of the year’s more anticipated regional LPs officially hits the streets on Sunday, Aug. 26 with a Snug Harbor blast-off. Charlotte native Bo White’s latest, Same Deal/New Patrones, features White with his “Orquesta Seleccionnada,” a 13-member crew built around the distinctive vibes, brass and strings that help mark these 13 tracks as something truly original.
Of course it’s mostly White’s shifting tempos and time signatures, jazz-chord scaffolding on pop songs, and richly humanizing portraits that make his music and production — heard elsewhere with Yardwork, Duo Select, the late Calabi Yau, Blossoms and Great Architect, among others — so memorable. White says he expects a good portion of the record’s contributors on stage this night to help flesh out the LP, which looks at the cartel drug wars and immigration woes through the eyes of its Mexican participants and victims.
It should be noted that the stunning LP cover art above — illustrated by White’s roommate at the time, and former Yardwork bassist Matthew Nelson — nods to this famous Fela Kuti LP cover, and served as inspiration while White worked on the songs. It also helps tell the stories on the LP, from the AK47-armed revolutionary Minuteman and Ulama-playing Mayan to the mother of a murdered Juarez woman and white-clad narcocorrido singer Sergio Vega, whose life and subsequent murder — he was gunned down in the street by cartel hitmen — served as the initial inspiration for Same Deal/New Patrones.
The gig gets underway at 9 p.m., and promises to make the Breaking Bad episode you TIVO’d way more meaningful when you watch it. – John Schacht