Richard Youngs has done a whole lot of things, so it’s not often we get to bring you news of a “Richard Youngs First,” but here it is: Richard Youngs will be releasing his first album for Ba Da Bing! Records on September 3. Also a first — it’s a country record sure to top the charts at WPIG FM The Pig, one of America’s top country hits stations. Nothing like songs about pickups, whiskey, and the sweet love of a lonely woman to stir up the interest of the American public.
Just kidding — Ba Da Bing is selling the record as Youngs’ first country outing, but the album, titled Summer through My Mind, sounds very much in the vein of his shambling folk output, with long tracks of strummy guitars, strained, repetitive vocals, and wayward, indecipherable tales. Simon Joyner talks over a track with lyrics by Youngs’ six-year-old son based on a story Youngs the senior wrote as a boy. And it’s like 10+ minutes. Just needed to get that in there to clearly demonstrate that this isn’t “Jesus Take the Wheel, Pt. II”. Nice try, though, Ba Da Bing.
To support the album, Youngs will be making the rare hop across the pond, performing a very limited number of shows on the East Coast. The man is a legend, and unless you live in the UK (where you can probably see him whenever, bastards), it’ll be worth the price of admission. Tour dates and tracklisting below.
Summer through My Mind tracklisting:
01. Mountain of Doom
03. Spin Me Endless in the Universe
04. Summer through my Mind
05. The Future is So Different Today
06. Story of Jhon
07. Binary Stars Over Venice
08. Goodbye Oslo Rose
09.02.13 - Northampton, MA - Feeding Tube Records #
09.03.13 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
09.05.13 - Brooklyn, NY - ISSUE Project Room
09.07.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival $
09.10.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat %
09.11.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Old First Reformed Church
09.13.13 - Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo
# Magik Markers, Ben Chasny
$ John Cale
% Terrence Hannum of Locrian