Australian folk-blues chanteuse, Grace Woodroofe, has been championed by fellow artists since she was barely sixteen. She has toured with Cat Power & Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros among others. In support of her debut record, Always Want, coming out January 24th on Modular, Grace will kick off a fall tour with Ben Harper September 29th in Philadelphia. For a taste of what you’ll hear live, Grace has released a new video for album track “I’ve Handled Myself Wrong”.
Grace Woodroofe’s background is as dynamic as her work. LA based artist collective The Masses heard demos that Grace had entered into an Australian radio contest, and invited her to come to the US and record. Through this invitation she ended up collaborating with Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), Carlos Nino (Dublab Collective) and performer/arranger Justin Medal-Johnsen (NIN, Beck, Gnarls Barkley). After finishing her studies in Perth, Grace returned to LA and started work on Always Want with Ben Harper, who produced the debut album.
Always Wantis a collection of soul-stirring compositions that manage to explore darkness and discomfort and yet retain a mesmerizing tranquility. The fuzzed out guitars and thud in “Transformer” offset Grace’s gently seductive vocal. The melancholic twinkling of “Battles” underscores its story of a middle-aged waitress’ unsuccessful hunt for companionship. The heart-wrenching single “Quicksand” makes the Bowie classic soar from an understated and delicate arrangement to a spectacular climax replete with lush strings. Title track “Always Want” speaks to a not-so-unusual desire to want what feels just out of reach. The snarling garage stomper “Bear” is a tough love anthem that finds Grace on the hunt.
With a live show declared by LA Weekly as “powerful, dynamic, and striking” be sure to catch Grace Woodroofe on tour this Fall!
Catch Grace Woodroofe On Tour This Fall
9/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
9/30: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/1: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/4: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/5: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/7: Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
*all dates with Ben Harper