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This is NOT the Elvis Presley song you know.  Chris Garneau pulls from his first album, Music For Tourists, and sings an even more acoustic version of “Blue Suede Shoes” – as part of the French Soul Kitchen music video series. Check out the site for a version of another Garneau favorite, “The Leaving Song.”  Garneau plays NYC’s City Winery on February 19th – front and center, goes without saying…

I hope you don’t go away.
I still have some nice things
To do and say.
I don’t laugh when I can.
I don’t feel like
A very good man.
But you know me well.
Wouldn’t it be swell
To find nothing blue
About me and you?


In his own quiet and awkard demeanor, Chris Garneau celebrated the release of his sophomore album, El Radio, with an intimate show (and CD release party) in the West Village’s newest music venue, Le Poisson Rouge, on Thursday night (July 9th).  


After a short tour in China (where he was quarantined due to the swine flu “outbreak” in the US), Garneau returned to resident fans in NYC for a 14-song setlist.  Composed of mostly new songs from his latest (with a couple of nods to his C-Sides EP and one track off of his debut, Music For Tourists), he took us through struggles – uncertainty, escape, misery, and a glimmer of a possibility that things can only get better (“You’re so right.  I torture myself in the night.  I know you love me, but be smart.  Offer solutions, instead of your heart”from “Raw and Awake”). 


A personal highlight of the night was his song “Over and Over”.  The song in itself is brilliant and simple: beating us down with repeated verses and choruses, dropping the mighty f-bomb with firmness, giving us a taste of what the ex might have taken him through.  His bravest lyric of the night may even come from here:  “We’re all cursed anyway..and that’s how it goes…It’s all up to me now.  There’s a lot of work to do.  Leave me be.  I am through.” 


Garneau shared that a new album is already in the works – a collection of songs for the winter season (and he gave us a taste of it with one song last night).  Dreary and sad, but what else would we expect?

Check out two video’s from last night’s show – thanks to Jayvee of The Round Table!

Chris Garneau: July 9, 2009; Le Poisson Rouge, NYC Setlist:

Hands on the Radio

Leaving Song

Dirty Night Clowns

Raw and Awake

No More Pirates


Hometown Girls

Winter Song (new song)

Castle Time

The Island Song

Over and Over

Love Zombies

Pirates Reprise


Black Out

On Thursday night, June 4th, on the rooftop of the historic Hotel Chelsea in NY, Chris Garneau played an intimate private show for friends and family – a special treat in preparation for the release of his sophomore album, El Radio, out July 7th.  The setlist abandoned any and all of the tracks on his debut, Music for Tourists, and solely focused on his new material.

A true sign of a talented musician is the way they can manage to captivate you even when the songs are new to your ear, and Garneau’s new work shows a new level of musicianship that covers lyrics of relationships gone awry, doubt, and moving on – all packaged with cellos, a trumpet, a harmonica, drums, and his piano.

Definitely one of the greatest music experiences ever…

My photos from the show below along with a video of “Over and Over”, one of my favorite new tracks.  Check out NYPress’s review (and thanks for the shout out!).



It’s going to be a dark album, folks.  Perfect for our summertime blues, I’m sure…

Chris Garneau shared his album cover artwork for his sophomore effort El Radio, out July 7th. 


1. The Leaving Song
2. Dirty Night Clowns
3. Raw and Awake
4. Hands on the Radio
5. No More Pirates
6. Fireflies
7. Home Town Girls
8. Over and Over
9. Cats and Kids
10. Les Lucioles en re Mineur
11. Things She Said
12. Pirates Reprise
13. Black Hawk Waltz