XTRA MILE RECORDINGS ON TUESDAY, MARCH 10
Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, Against Me!, Mineral) is proud to announce the release of drunk folk singer, barefoot troubadour and cult legend Beans on Toast’s new album titled The Grand Scheme of Things (pre-order via iTunes). Out digitally on Tuesday, March 10, The Grand Scheme of Things marks the sixth full-length from Beans on Toast (solo vehicle for singer-songwriter Jay McAllister) and is an album that turns to more wholesome topics of home life with his longtime muse Lizzy Bee, an upcoming honeymoon, and a whole lot of loving; a marked change in the man who once was a poster boy for recreational drugs. What hasn’t changed, though, is Beans on Toast’s unrivaled ability to tell a tale, his sharp social commentary and his ability to tackle difficult subjects from an everyday point of view. Here, his thoughts from the last year are honestly regaled through eleven life-affirming and frequently humorous tracks.
Additionally, Beans on Toast will be appearing live in proper venues, bars, apartments, houses across North America, and even on a luxury cruise liner as he joins the Flogging Molly Salty Dog Cruise from Miami to the Bahamas on his upcoming “Skiffle” tour. Beginning on Wednesday, March 4 in Cambridge, MA at the Middle East (Upstairs), the tour will hit a number of markets including New York, NY on Friday, March 6, Washington,
DC on Sunday, March 8, Toronto, ON on Monday, March 9, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, March 23, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, March 25 and culminate in a performance at Knuckleheads in Lawrence, KS on Friday, April 3. For more information on the upcoming tour including tickets, locations and performance times, visit Beans on Toast’s official website.
With his biggest year to date behind him that included world touring, opening arenas for Frank Turner, playing a jam-packed summer of festivals, and performing his largest London headlining show to date at the Electric Ballroom on Thursday, December 11, Beans on Toast is poised to keep the momentum going with the release of his brand new album for Xtra Mile Recordings titled The Grand Scheme of Things. Turning his irreverent mind to the more valuable things in life, the material on the new album largely comes from his personal life, along with his experiences touring the U.S., giving way to “Fuck You Nashville” and the love song, “New Orleans Honeymoon.” Memories of his Camp Bestival main stage performance are captured perfectly with “Stinging Nettles,” a song he wrote for children about the great outdoors. And topics such as gentrification, chicken farming and world peace all get the Beans musical treatment on the new album.
Recorded at London’s Soup Studios, The Grand Scheme of Things was fittingly produced by Sam Beer, an old family friend who taught Beans on Toast his first song on the guitar over eighteen years ago on a camping holiday in Spain, and who was reunited with Beans on the London music circle ten years later. Together, with the help of friends Bobby Banjo and contributors Will Varley and Brooke Sharkey, this is an album that marks a change but not a complete makeover for everyone’s favorite modern one-man band.
04 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East (Upstairs)
05 – East Lyme, CT – Skiffle show
06 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
07 – Philadelphia, PA – Skiffle show
08 – Washington, DC – Skiffle show
09 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern
10 – Atlanta, GA – Skiffle show
11 – Gainesville, FL – Skiffle show
13 – Miami, FL – Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog Cruise (w/ Frank Turner)
18 – Mexico Beach, FL – Skiffle show
19 – New Orleans, LA – dba
23 – Phoenix, AZ – Skiffle show
24 – San Diego, CA – Skiffle show
25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint
26 – Ventura, CA – Skiffle show
01 – Denver, CO – Skiffle show
03 – Lawrence, KS – Knuckleheads
(The “Skiffle” shows on this tour will be held in people’s apartments in these noted cities. Anyone is welcome to attend simply by signing up HERE).
The Grand Scheme of Things tracklisting:
01. Folk Singer
02. The War on War
03. Fuck You Nashville
04. The Chicken Song
05. Stinging Nettles
06. Lizzy’s Cooking
07. A Whole Lot of Loving
08. Flying Clothes Line
09. All I see is Wagamama
10. New Orleans Honeymoon
Check out the reviews of two nights of Golden Gate Wingmen featuring John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane and Reed Mathis in Long Beach CA February 6 and 7 Night one: