The California folk-rock band Midnight North has a new album, Under the Lights, on the way. Under the Lights will be the group’s third album and is out tomorrow, June 16th. Consisting of Grahame Lesh (vocals, guitar), Elliott Peck (vocals, guitar), Alex Jordan (vocals, organ), and Connor O’Sullivan (bass), Midnight North’s latest album was written following their first Midwest and East coast tour and captures the excitement during and following that period. The band’s Americana sound taps into Lesh’s father’s jammy Grateful Dead roots while also creating a sound of their own, infusing their own Western and blues influences throughout the album.
Under The Lights includes 11-original tunes combining a country and rock-tinged sound directly influenced by life on the road. Recorded by David Simon-Baker (Los Lobos, ALO, Jackie Greene, Mother Hips), with Under The Lights, Grahame Lesh and his band Midnight North create an fresh blend of rock and Americana that evokes past masters in the form like Graham Parsons and The Band. With smooth and heart-swinging harmonies, gritty and resonate lyrics, and rock-steady chops that share true tales of the road, the album is full of variety.
Live For Live Music is excited to share this next milestone in Midnight North’s career by hosting the band’s album stream ahead of tomorrow’s release. “This album is the culmination of growth – two years of writing, touring, and learning both about ourselves and from the amazing musicians we’ve been lucky to be around,” says Grahame Lesh. “We took a lot away from hanging and making music with folks like Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Nicki Bluhm, Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, and obviously all of our musical community in the Bay Area and at Terrapin Crossroads. Then with invaluable help from DSB (David Simon-Baker), we were able to translate what we’d written and heard in our heads and combine it with what we’d worked out through all those live performances – we tightened the songs up, focused on the melodies and harmonies, and made sure the stories that we were telling came first. All of that made for an album that we’re definitely really proud of and can’t wait for people to hear!”
Listen to Midnight North’s Under The Lights below, exclusively through L4LM:
Midnight North will be celebrating the release of their new record with a hometown show at Great American Music Hall coinciding with the album’s release date. Special guests include the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh, guitarist Scott Law, and songstress Victoria George. Additional summer appearances are below, including an exciting appearance at LOCKN’ in late August.
MIDNIGHT NORTH SUMMER DATES
6/16 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
7/28 – Tumble Down – Burlington, VT
7/30 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
8/2 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC
8/3 – Jams On The Sand – Asbury Park, NJ
8/4 – Bear’s Picnic – Millmont, PA
8/5 – Petaluma Music Fest – Petaluma, CA
8/25 – Lockn’ Festival – Arrington, VA