John Doe (of X) Releases ‘Fables in a Foreign Land,’ an 1890s Moodfest (Listen)

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John Doe, of the seminal Los Angeles punk band X, has just released Fables in a Foreign Land, his first release on Fat Possum Records – and it stands among his best solo records. It’s a folk-rock moodfest recalling the nostalgic old-meets-new western sound and feel of bands Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo, Los Lobos, Calexico, and Doe’s former Band the Knitters.

And Doe’s voice has never sounded better.

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Doe says: “All of these songs take place in the 1890s. There’s a lot of sleeping on the ground, a lot of being hungry, a lot of isolation. These songs take place alone, wandering, searching and hungry accompanied by horses, not machines. Ultimately, I hope to send the listener to an unknown place with unpredictable characters and let them all live in that foreign land.”

John Doe; photo: Jim Herrington

The 13 songs were born over the past 3 years during backyard jams Doe had with Kevin Smith (Willie Nelson). Smith and Conrad Choucron (drums) join Doe on the album, and guest songwriters include longtime X bandmate Exene Cervenka, Shirley Manson from Garbage, Texas singer-songwriter Terry Allen, and Louie Pérez from Los Lobos.

Here’s the video for “Never Coming Back” – the first single from “Fables in a Foreign Land”

Listen / Stream Fables in a Foreign Land here:

And the album’s track listing:

Never Coming Back
Down South
See The Almighty
Guilty Bystander
There’s A Black Horse
El Romance-0
The Cowboy and the Hot Air Balloon
After The Fall
Destroying Angels
Travelin’ So Hard
Where The Songbirds Live

John Doe; photo: Jim Herrington

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