Mirepoix and Smoke (CD)

Mirepoix and Smoke (CD)


Mirepoix & Smoke, the seventh full length album and second release on Bloodshot Records by 31-year-old Minnesota native Ben Weaver is due October 19. Mirepoix & Smoke is the follow-up to 2008’s critically acclaimed The Ax in the Oak, which was heralded as “The Best Minnesota Album, Period” of 2008 by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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The songs on Mirepoix & Smoke are barely accompanied by more than Weaver’s guitar or banjo and his voice, lending the record a much more stripped-down sound than his previous works. The songs were all recorded live over the course of two days with emphasis placed squarely on the rawness of Weaver’s performances. Engineered, mixed and co-produced by Neil Strauch (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s) alongside Weaver, “this record is about me, my story, who I am and how it all keeps evolving,” Ben says. “This time my voice and the words were the most important consideration when it came time to making production decisions.”

For Weaver this latest effort came from a somewhat unexpected series of life choices and experiences. In the spring of 2009 Weaver decided to take some time away from touring to pursue his interest in food and cooking. It was while working as a prep cook at a farm-to-table restaurant in Minneapolis that the songs on Mirepoix and Smoke started to take shape. “Eventually the good songs started to come,” says Weaver. “Ones that felt real, had their own legs. They came like all good things do: when I ceased looking. Connected to my surroundings, my past, my life, for what it all was, without romanticizing what I thought it should or could be.”

Track Listing

  1. Grass Doe

  2. City Girl

  3. Drag The Hills

  4. East Jefferson

  5. While I'm Gone

  6. Maiden Cliff

  7. Split Ends

  8. 22 Shells

  9. The Rooster's Wife