Several years after the passing of brilliant, prolific songwriter Jason Molina and original run of the Songs: Molina – A Memorial Electric Co. project, the band is reuniting for a handful of special, intimate tour dates. The shows follow the May 15th release of Jason Molina: Riding With The Ghost (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), the biography by culture and music writer Erin Osmon. Osmon’s work is the first critical examination of the life and work of Jason Molina, delving into both his music and personal story, as well as the roots of independent label Secretly Canadian, and tracing the shifts in independent music as a whole.
Back in 2013, following the death of Molina, Songs: Molina – A Memorial Electric Co. came together to both celebrate Molina’s life, as well as mourn his too-soon loss. A day-long revelation of music from his original bandmates and a few dozen others unfolded in Bloomington, IN and in January 2014 in Chicago, that day was repeated, the home of the core group of musicians who helped to craft the Magnolia Electric Co. album.
Magnolia Electric Co. member Jason Evans Groth recalls of the initial Molina memorial sets: “…he and his songs led us to rooms full of others who were celebrating and memorializing, hearing Jason’s words, and imagining his voice in harmony with ours, leading us through the amazing songs we got to play, contribute to, record, and love dearly.”
Osmon will be joining the band on tour, with each show featuring readings and storytelling by the band and guests. A Memorial Electric Co. is made up of the original members of Magnolia Electric Co.: Mike Brenner, Jason Evans Groth, Mikey Kapinus, Mark Rice, and Peter Schreiner, with Elephant Micah’s Joe O’Connell on vocals and guitar. Like the original one-off shows, vocal duties will be shared, and each date will include special guests. Full list of tour dates below.
Wed., June 21 Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall (tix)
Thu., June 22 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts (tix)
Fri., June 23 Brooklyn, New York @ Littlefield (tix)
Sat., June 24 Somerville, MA @ The Rockwell (tix)
Sun., June 25 Washington, D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel(tix)