Joseph Arthur is a creative dynamo. Since being discovered by Peter Gabriel in the mid-’90s, the extremely prolific singer/songwriter has delivered eight albums and ten EPs, staged gallery shows and released a book of his visual artwork, and even opened a museum. Last year, he debuted Fistful of Mercy, a side project that featured three-way collaborations with Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison, and this year brought the release of his newest album, The Graduation Ceremony.
Arthur has explored multiple formats for his live performances, ranging from full-band rock shows (with his group the Lonely Astronauts) to stripped-back acoustic sets. During a recent ten-night run at the Living Room in NYC, he went back to his roots by playing solo shows that heavily incorporated loop pedals and artificial harmonies, creating a huge wash of sound using only his voice and guitar. He also frequently paints live onstage, turning each concert into a work of performance art, with the resulting pieces available for purchase following the set.
For more on Joseph Arthur, check out Flavorpill’s exclusive Interactive Video Interview with the artist, where he talks about the new record, discusses his favorite collaborations and his painting career, and reveals his most surreal moment (hint: it involves Lou Reed and Dolly Parton).
Written by Doug Levy of Flavorpill.