“POKEY LAFARGE…IS THE REAL DEAL.” –American Songwriter

Pokey LaFarge made his debut performance on CONAN last night performing “Better Man Than Me.” Watch HERE.

This performance celebrates LaFarge’s new album, Manic Revelations, which is out now on Rounder Records (iTunes and Amazon). NPR Music recently premiered the official music video for “Must Be A Reason.” Of the song, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen hails, “The contours of Pokey LaFarge’s music have always evoked a time before he was born, but the here-and-now is center stage in the themes and messaging within” and goes on to assert, “[Must Be A Reason] is steeped in a soulful Memphis sound, breaking from the western swing and blues of his past five albums.”

LaFarge is currently in the midst of an extensive tour including upcoming shows at Santa Cruz’s Catalyst Atrium, San Francisco’s The Fillmore, Portland’s Wonder Ballroom and Seattle’s Showbox. See below for complete tour details.

Additional acclaim for Manic Revelations…

“Here’s one retro-rocker who lives in the present. Pokey LaFarge sings like an old rockabilly shouter, and his backup on this song includes old-fashioned soul horns. But listen to the lyrics, which are about a race riot after a police shooting, trying to understand what happened and is happening. It’s like an explanation of now, delivered in an ancient language.” —The New York Times

“The gleeful insouciance of LaFarge’s music is darn near impossible to resist.” —Los Angeles Times

“Modern troubadour Pokey LaFarge has an old-time band, out-of-time sounds and themes both ageless and current on Manic Revelations.”—Associated Press

“Unfaltering rhythm, optimistic gospel-pop melody and bright pops of brass contrast with his pointed observations about race relations and police violence in America.” —Rolling Stone

“…he presents this pensive but powerful weapon of a song in the form of a lively music video…Watch the video, then continue soaking up the words of LaFarge, who turned this flashpoint in American history into an earnest message of social consciousness that should make more than a few audiences stand up and cheer.” —HuffPost

“For Manic Revelations, he’s taking his sound in slightly more modern directions. The recording is more polished, and the songs are fleshed out by a bold horn section that sooner recalls soul music (or the E Street Band) than old timey folk.” —Brooklyn Vegan

“The band’s performances sound so infectious in fact, one gets the sense that Pokey has the poise and personality to give someone like Bruno Mars a good run for his money.” —Paste Magazine

“an album of careful reinvention and gradual evolution” —American Songwriter

“The track is just the sort of refreshing breeze we could all use in these harsh days, blowing in on shambling guitars and sighing horns.” —Consequence of Sound

Manic Revelations is LaFarge’s finest album to date, moving the songwriter’s sound into a new, surprising, R&B territory.” —Riverfront Times

Recorded in LaFarge’s hometown of St. Louis, Manic Revelations features 10 new original songs and was produced by the Southside Collective—LaFarge, Joey Glynn (bass), Ryan Koenig (harmonica, guitjo, electric guitar), Adam Hoskins (electric guitar), Matt Meyer (drums, percussion), Luc Klein (trumpet, euphonium, piano, glockenspiel), Alec Spiegelman (saxophone, piano, tubax, organ, clarinet, flute), David Beeman (tambourine, stylophone, guitar, organ)—along with additional production by Tony Hoffer.

“The manic revelation is the state where artists create,” says LaFarge. “I got to the point in writing these songs where I felt like a house on fire that just kept burning.” He continues, “This album is about confronting yourself. It’s about confronting your city, its relation with the world, and all its people.”

Since his debut in 2006, LaFarge has released seven studio albums, including his most recent, 2015’s Something In The Water. Of the album, American Songwriter proclaims, “immensely enjoyable…the sheer joy of these performances is contagious,” while The Guardian declares it, “…a spirited attempt to keep American roots music—country blues, early jazz, ragtime and western swing—alive.” Additionally, surrounding the album’s release, LaFarge was featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Listen to the full interview with Terry Gross here.

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

Or Regina Joskow 917.532.5687 at Rounder Records.

1. Riot In The Streets
2. Must Be A Reason
3. Better Man Than Me
4. Bad Dreams
5. Mother Nature
6. Silent Movie
7. Good Luck Charm
8. Going To The Country
9. Wellington
10. I Will Never Change


August 18 /// Santa Cruz, CA /// Catalyst Atrium
August 19 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore
August 20 /// Grass Valley, CA /// Center for the Arts
August 22 /// Portland, OR /// Wonder Ballroom
August 23 /// Seattle, WA /// Showbox
August 24 /// Vancouver, BC /// Imperial
September 16 /// Fayetteville, AR /// George’s Majestic
September 17 /// Tulsa, OK /// Tulsa Roots Rocks the Green
September 19 /// Englewood, CO /// Gothic Theatre
September 21 /// Omaha, NE /// The Waiting Room
September 22 /// Iowa City, IA /// The Englert Theatre
September 23 /// Muncie, IN /// Muncie Three Trails Music Series
September 24 /// Franklin, TN /// Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
September 30 /// Columbia, MO /// Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival