Brett Newski found himself job-less, girl-less and band-less in 2011.
So he bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok.
He ended up spending two years in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Phillipines, supporting himself composing music for Vietnamese tampon ads.
During this period he wrote almost 100 power-folk songs. One tenth of those are on American Folk Armageddon, which comes out May 13 on Good Land Records.
Helmed by Jonny Phillip, drummer for Trapper Schoepp and the Shades, Tommy Stinson and others, he handpicked Newski and ultimately began managing him.
Watch a video for the track “Dirt“:
Newski’s solid Midwestern roots anchor songs with super catchy melodies and melancholy lyrics with subtle wit.
Newski is touring Europe right now, and launches a US onslaught of dates in June 2014.
April 26 Hamburg, Germany Filmraum
April 29 Berlin, Germany Intersoup
April 30 Dublin, Ireland Stags Head
May 2-3 Dundalk, Ireland Vantastival
May 7 Galway, Ireland Roisin Dubh
May 9 Dublin, Ireland Hendrons Collider
May 10 Dublin, Ireland Sweeney’s
May 11 Belfast, Ireland Menagerie
May 13 Leicester, UK The Soundhouse
May 15 Sheffield, UK The Bell Jar
May 16 Manchester, UK Bay Horse Pub
May 23 Chicago, IL Quenchers
May 24 Milwaukee, WI Hotel Foster
May 30 Neenah, WI Cranky Pats
May 31 Green Bay, WI Eagles Club
June 5 Madison, WI Memorial Union Terrace
June 12-15 Sturgeon Bay, WI Steelbridge Songfest