ETHAN GRUSKA CONFIRMS AUGUST RESIDENCY AT L.A.’S HOTEL CAFÉ

FOUND SOUNDS PERFORMANCE SESSION PREMIERES

SOLO DEBUT ALBUM SLOWMOTIONARY OUT NOW

“L.A.’S NEXT GREAT SINGER SONGWRITER? IT MIGHT BE ETHAN GRUSKA” –Los Angeles Times

“FORGING VULNERABILITY WITH STRONG SONGWRITING”
–KCRW

Ethan Gruska is set to perform every Thursday night this August at L.A.’s Hotel Café. Tickets for the shows will go on-sale this Friday at 11:00am PT. In addition to the month-long residency, Gruska will make his U.K. debut at London’s The Slaughtered Lamb on July 26 and will perform at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 11. See below for complete tour details.

The upcoming shows will feature songs from Gruska’s debut album, Slowmotionary, which was recently released to widespread acclaim on Sire Records (purchase) and will be available on vinyl starting this Friday at local record stores and via Amazon.

Ahead of the tour dates, a new video of Gruska performing “Me Who Wasn’t Trying” recently debuted at Found Sounds, while his video for “Rather Be” premiered last week at KCRW’s music blog. Of the song and video, KCRW praises, “His warm and inviting voice resonates throughout this live, acoustic version of his song.”

Of Gruska, the Los Angeles Times asserts, “L.A.’s next great singer-songwriter? It might be Ethan Gruska” and goes on to praise, “Slowmotionary…showcases an assured songwriter with an inventive melodic flair and some heavy things to say about love and family…Gruska draws the listener in with his close-to-the-bone performances.”

Slowmotionary was produced by Tony Berg (Andrew Bird, Phoebe Bridgers, Aimee Mann, etc.) and includes 12 original songs that were mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig. In addition to Ethan on various instruments (piano, guitar and drums to name a few), the album features Blake Mills (Andrew Bird, Alabama Shakes) on guitar, Rob Moose (Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, etc.) on strings and violin, Gabe Noel (Joseph, Pete Yorn) on cello and bass and Ethan’s sister, Barbara Gruska (The Belle Brigade, Jenny Lewis), on percussion.

“What I hope is that people can sense the vulnerability in the writing,” says Gruska of the album. “I didn’t want perfect. I wanted true. I wanted honest. I didn’t want to hide behind anything. That’s why it’s produced and arranged the way it is. It’s very barren at certain moments. These songs slow down time for me, which is why I called it Slowmotionary. I needed to put myself out there musically and lyrically.”

In addition to his solo work, Gruska co-produced Phoebe Bridgers’ new album, Smoke Signals. He is based in Los Angeles, CA.

For more information, please contact please contact Asha Goodman 615.320.7753, Amy Lipsky 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.

SLOWMOTIONARY TRACK LIST

1. The Valley
2. Me Who Wasn’t Trying
3. Reoccurring Dream
4. Short Film
5. Rather Be
6. Crowded City Street
7. Grand Lies
8. Neighbors
9. What Are You Thinking Of?
10. Time Is The Healer
11. The Egotist
12. Illuminate


ETHAN GRUSKA CONFIRMED TOUR DATES

*appearing with Agnes Obel

June 11 /// Manchester, TN /// Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (tickets)
June 26 /// Los Angeles, CA /// School Night @ The Resident (tickets)
July 26 /// London, England /// The Slaughtered Lamb (tickets)
August 3 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Hotel Café (tickets)
August 10 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Hotel Café (tickets)
August 17 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Hotel Café (tickets)
August 24 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Hotel Café (tickets)

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