Kurt Vile played two songs on the Colbert The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week with announcements of new tour dates coming with the performance. Joined by his band the Violators, he performed a leisurely rendition of  “Mount Airy Hill (Way Gone)” from this year’s (watch my moves). Along with this, Vile did a solo rendition of the John Prine song “How Lucky”.

On the former, Vile picks an off-kilter slide guitar riff between the verses, singing of a surreal night with the backdrop of Philly neighborhood Mount Airy to set the scene. There is a very specific feeling felt with this rendition of the song; place yourself in the woods with your Walkman, taking a stroll to this song. It seems almost necessary to stroll and embody the Robert Crumb “Keep on Truckin” illustration.

The web exclusive performance of the John Prine song “How Lucky” is simple but demands your attention; Vile’s voice may not sound like Freddie Mercury but his timbre is a great match for this low-key tune, and the round tone of the classical guitar creates an intimate campfire performance feeling.

Adding to Vile’s summer tour plans, Vile and the Violators have announced a 15-date October tour supported by Julia Sharpiro for the first eleven dates and Come for the remaining four. Vile will be making a stop at Phantom Power in Millersville, PA on October 14, tickets are on sale now, more information can be found at the WXPN Concerts and Events page. If you want to catch him between now and then, Kurt Vile just announced a solo performance at WXPN’s Free at Noon concert series next week — RSVP here.

Kurt Vile - Mount Airy Hill (Live on Colbert)
Kurt Vile - How Lucky (Live on Colbert)

Tour Dates
Wed. Oct. 12 – Richmond, VA @ The National *
Thu. Oct. 13 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom *
Fri. Oct. 14 – Millersville, PA @ Phantom Power *
Sat. Oct. 15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Sounds Series Block Party – Warhol *
Sun. Oct. 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Andrew J. Brady ICON Music Center *
Tue. Oct. 18 – Louisville, KY @ Paristown Hall *
Wed. Oct. 19 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall *
Thu. Oct. 20 – Omaha, NE @ The Admiral *
Fri. Oct. 21 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *
Sat. Oct. 22 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre *
Sun. Oct. 23 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Brewery *
Thu. Oct. 27 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre !
Sat. Oct. 29 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre !
Sun. Oct. 30 – Boston, MA @ Royale !
Mon. Oct. 31 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre !

* w/ Julia Shapira (of Chastity Belt)
! w/ Come

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