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Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 8:00 PM
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Beloved singer/songwriter Billy Bragg has announced the March 19 release of his
tenth album Tooth & Nail, his first since 2008's acclaimed Mr. Love and Justice. The
album was produced by songwriter/producer Joe Henry and will be released via
Cooking Vinyl.

Inspired by a fan's tweet referring to Bragg as "The Sherpa of Heartbreak," the
album's twelve original tracks were written with an eye towards the personal
rather than the political. "Most people, when they hear my name, think of polemical
anthems born in struggle," says Bragg. "I often find myself having to remind
people that I am also the Sherpa of Heartbreak, writing songs about the struggle to
maintain our relationships with those we love the most." He adds, "It is fitting that
Tooth & Nail should be my next release after the re-issue of the Billy Bragg & Wilco
collaboration as, stylistically, it is the follow-up to Mermaid Avenue that I never
made. "

The album was recorded live, with no overdubs, in five days—an approach not
used by Bragg since his 1983 debut Life's a Riot With Spy Vs. Spy—at Joe Henry’s
basement studio in Pasadena in early 2012. It features Bragg on vocals and acoustic
guitar along with a band of crack musicians assembled by Henry for the recording:
Greg Leisz (Bon Iver) on pedal steel guitar, Patrick Warren (Lana del Rey) on
keyboards, Jay Bellerose (Regina Spektor) on drums and David Piltch (Ramblin’ Jack
Elliot) on upright bass.

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