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Jars of Clay Release Eleventh Studio Album - Inland

GRAMMY and Dove Awards winning band Jars of Clay is set to release its eleventh studio album, Inland, on its own Gray Matters label with distribution through Tone Tree.  Produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Beth Orton, The Decemberists) and mixed by Beau Sorenson and Jacquire King, Inland is available today for pre-order and will be available Aug. 27.

It’s been nearly twenty years since Dan Haseltine, Steve Mason, Charlie Lowell and Matthew Odmark released their debut Frail. Students at the time, Jars of Clay once again harness the youthful ambition and uninhibited creativity of their beginnings for Inland, while cultivating a maturity in sound with embellishments of violin, horns and ambient melodies that attests two decades of experience.

“These are songs for the ordinary days – when life is weighty and uncertain,” reflects Matthew Odmark. “It is this middle space that we have inhabited over the years.  It’s where you and I do the gritty work of actually living.”

The music on Inland has a rich cinematic quality, marked by Lowell’s lush keyboard melodies, Odmark’s strong acoustic rhythm guitar and Mason’s serpentine bass lines. The album’s first single and upcoming video, “After The Fight,” featuring the atmospheric guitar textures of Adrian Belew, has a low-key swagger that brings to mind the intergalactic art rock of Bowie and Peter Murphy. “We asked Adrian Belew if he’d come in and work his magic,” explains Haseltine. “He produced two songs on our first record, but we were too intimidated to let him play guitar. This time he added his big, wild, twanging guitar sound, the reverse solos and all the other effects he’s famous for.”

Following years on labels, Inland marks Jars of Clay’s first independent release, “We’ve had enough experience with record labels working a project because they have to,” says Haseltine. “Everyone we work with loves the record and wants to help us build something as a band with a big creative vision.”

Part of that creative vision is to shatter some of the preconceived notions built over the years by label marketing strategies. “It took a long time to strip away every voice that wasn’t ours to make Inland,” explains Haseltine. “For me, it's always been about a great song. We want to connect with people who love music for music. That's why created our own label.”

Jars of Clay is currently on tour, playing new music from Inland and fan favorites spanning the band’s repertoire that includes 16 No. 1 songs.  Confirmed tour dates follow:

August 15         BIRMINGHAM, AL                           WorkPlay Theater^ August 16         CHARLOTTE, NC                              Amos’ Southend^ August 17         KNOXVILLE, TN                              Bijou Theater^ August 18         CHARLESTON, SC                           The Music Farm^ August 21         GREENVILLE, SC                              The Handlebar^ August 23         JACKSONVILLE, FL                         Murray Hill Theater^ August 24         ORLANDO, FL                                  The Social^ August 25         ST. PETERSBURG, FL                       State Theatre^ August 29         NASHVILLE, TN                               3rd & Lindsley September 10   LITTLE ROCK, AR                            Revolution Music Room# September 11   TULSA, OK                                        The Vanguard# September 12   HUTCHINSON, KS                           Kansas State Fair# September 13   COLORADO SPRINGS, CO             The Black Sheep# September 14   SALT LAKE CITY, UT                      Urban Lounge# September 15   BOISE, ID                                           Knitting Factory# September 17   SEATTLE, WA                                   Puyallup County Fair# September 18   PORTLAND, OR                                Aladdin Theater# September 20   SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA                    SLO Brewing Co. September 21   PALMDALE, CA                                Palmdale Amphitheatre# September 22   SANTA ANA, CA                              The Observatory September 24   MESA, AZ                                          Mesa Arts Center# September 25   ALBUQUERQUE, NM                       The Lobo Theater# September 27   DALLAS, TX                                      House of Blues, Cambridge Room# October 23      SPRINGFIELD, MO                           Gillioz Theatre * Brooke Waggoner ^ The Last Bison # Brooke Waggoner/Kye Kye

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