Wesley Stace

Agent: Mike Leahy
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Formerly known by his stage name John Wesley Harding, under which he has performed and recorded for the past 25 years, Stace chose to step out from behind his well-established pseudonym for Self-Titled in honor of the increasingly personal nature of his new material. “Novels seem to take care of the intellectual business for me these days, and my songs have become a lot more intimate and autobiographical, requiring a different musical treatment entirely. It seemed ridiculous to sing them under any name but my own,” notes Stace, adding, “It’s time to bring everything under one roof.”

Stace co-wrote two of the tracks from Self-Titled—“Stare at the Sun” and “When I Knew”— with the Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger. Both songs appear in alternate versions on Friedberger’s critically acclaimed new album Personal Record, which was entirely co-written by Stace. Of Personal Record, SPIN hails the pair’s “easy collaboration” while NPR Music notes that Harding “knows a little something about smart love songs of every stripe.” Stace’s version of “Stare at the Sun” is streaming at The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/18EnwGx) while his version of “When I Knew” can be streamed at The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/104VFMZ).

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Stace will tour throughout the fall in support of the new record; tour dates will feature both headlining performances by Stace as well as a traveling version of his Cabinet of Wonders, the ongoing variety show that draws together collaborators from the worlds of music, literature and comedy all hand-picked by Stace, himself. Upcoming Cabinet of Wonders performers are scheduled to include Rick Moody, Todd Barry, Dean & Britta, John McCrea (Cake), Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt (The Sea & Cake), Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Black Prairie (members of the Decemberists), Bobcat Goldthwait and regular Cabinet collaborator Eugene Mirman. Please see below for a list of dates; complete Cabinet of Wonders lineups are at http://thecabinetofwonders.com/.

Along with its live incarnation which Stace will host both in NYC and on the road, Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders is distributed exclusively by NPR. NPR’s “Cabinet of Wonders” is recorded live at NYC’s City Winery and airs in six one-hour episodes.

Stace also recently contributed a pair of co-writes to Tanya Donelly’s latest EP, Swan Song Series Vol. 1, on which she performs with Stace and his band, the English U.K. Additional information is available at http://www.tanyadonelly.com.

In addition to his storied recording career, Stace is also the author of three novels (including the international bestseller Misfortune), teaches a course called “How to Write a Song” at Princeton University with poet Paul Muldoon and is artist-in-residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he has also taught creative writing. He and his work have recently been the subject of a course at Central Connecticut State University titled “The Allusive John Wesley Harding.” Stace’s contributions to The New York Times’ Measure For Measure blog can be seen at http://nyti.ms/11zz0UY. His most recent novel, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, was published to rave reviews from The New Yorker, The New York Times and the Huffington Post, among many others. The Los Angeles Times hailed the book as “carefully plotted and brilliantly executed,” while The Wall Street Journal called it “dazzling.” His fourth novel, Wonderkid, is due in March, 2014 from Overlook Press.

Since his critically acclaimed 1988 debut It Happened One Night John Wesley Harding has recorded 19 records for both major (Sire, Hollywood) and independent (Mammoth, Rhino, Appleseed, Yep Roc) labels alike.

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Wesley Stace on Tour:

Date City Location Venue

Sat, 18 Feb 2017

LOS ANGELES

CA

LARGO

Fri, 24 Feb 2017

NEW YORK

NY

CITY WINERY

Fri, 7 Apr 2017

NEW YORK

NY

CITY WINERY

Tue, 11 Apr 2017

NASHVILLE

TN

MERCY LOUNGE

Wed, 12 Apr 2017

NELSONVILLE

OH

STUART'S OPERA HOUSE

Thu, 13 Apr 2017

CLEVELAND

OH

MUSIC BOX SUPPER CLUB

Sat, 15 Apr 2017

ANN ARBOR

MI

THE ARK

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

ANNAPOLIS

MD

RAM'S HEAD ON STAGE

Thu, 27 Apr 2017

LOUISVILLE

KY

HEADLINERS MUSIC HALL

Fri, 28 Apr 2017

MADISON

WI

MAJESTIC THEATRE

Sat, 29 Apr 2017

CHICAGO

IL

THALIA HALL

Fri, 5 May 2017

NEW YORK

NY

CITY WINERY