Reconciliation & the Mystical Beyonda

05/20/2014 at 10:40am EST
Seth's brand new album, "Reconciliation & the Mystical Beyonda", is a rich, fresh and solid work of song craft, rock production and sonic construction in the folk tradition. Clocking in at over an hour and featuring an all-star cast of music makers, “Reconciliation and the Mystical Beyonda” is the result of a great deal of studio work at La Luna and Double Phelix in Kalamazoo over the course of the last year and half. What once was a massive undertaking is now a finished work of art, co-produced by Seth and Ian Gorman and officially released on 5.21.14. Preorder now and we'll email you an instant download of "Turkeys in the Rain" to keep you occupied until your CD finds its way to your mailbox.

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RELEASE TOUR:

Friday, May 23rd
at the Avenue Cafe, Lansing
w/ Dan Rickabus (the Crane Wives) on Drums and percussion and Max Lockwood (Big Dudee Roo) on bass.
Show starts at 8pm and tickets are $10 at the door.
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Saturday, May 24th
at the Inside Out Gallery, Traverse City
with special guest Jim Crockett. Show starts at 9pm and tickets are $15 at the door.
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Friday, May 30th
at the Cabbage Shed, Elberta
with Joshua Davis, Max Lockwood and Gregory Stovetop! 9pm, $5
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Saturday, May 31st
at Founder's, Grand Rapids
with Joshua Davis, Max Lockwood and Gregory Stovetop! 9pm, $5
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Video for "Beyond the Beyonda":

"Seth Bernard has a uniquely Michigan anatomy: knee deep in glacier-folk with a belly full of whiskey and peaches smuggled from the root cellar of a '70s guitar god. Fingers resinous with fresh cut white pine, and sacred north star geometries whirling around his brow.

Born on April Fools Day, and playing the trickster-bard every day since, he’s grown from a potent young Interlochen idealist into a black-bearded surprise-eyed psych-rocker singing the woods and water, souls and soils of the Great Lakes.

The tools! He’s got a pine-box-full, from his Gretsch (and the chops to play it, mister), to the many iterations of Seth-music. I mean Airborne or Aquatic, bristling with fuzz-poem arena-anthems, to Starlight Six, the madly talented hybrid of Michigan royalty (May Erlewine, Joshua Davis of Steppin’ In It, Mike Shimmin of, well, everything, and the power duo of Dominic and Rachael Davis). Or he can roll solo, with a catalog of hundreds of original tunes, thousands of covers and millions of improvisational licks. And the waltzes. By god the waltzes.

And more tools: Earthwork Music Collective, Family Weekend, Harvest Gathering, The Water Festivals, On the Ground, 350.org (you gotta google this stuff, links below), youth engagement, and partnerships with dozens of local non-profits. Like a true old-school folker, he plays the songs because they mean something, and that something they mean drives a life beyond just playing songs.

His most valuable tool, though, doesn’t live in that box: two good ears. Seth listens like a priest. To his audience, to his community, to his deep-rooted intuitive star-born aurora borealis campfire ancestor soul. That alone makes every show - EVERY SHOW - worth the price of admission."

-Brad Kik, co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art and Natural Design




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