William Fitzsimmons To Release 'Lions' (February 18); Listen To "Centralia"
On February 18, William Fitzsimmons will release Lions, his follow-up LP to 2010’s well-received Gold In The Shadow. Produced by Chris Walla (guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie with previous production credits with Tegan and Sara, The Decemberists and The Postal Service among others), Lions is a career-defining album that explores Fitzsimmons’ personal transformation over the last few years.
“The last couple years have been...full (kind of difficult to describe years in a single word). They have been wonderful, painful, long, incredibly brief, and more educational and rewarding than any I've ever lived before. ‘Lions’ is something I'm terribly proud of and utterly connected to,” says Fitzsimmons.
In advance of the album, Fitzsimmons partnered with Paste to reveal an acoustic performance of the first track from the album, called “Centralia.”
The appeal of Fitzsimmons’ sound is indicative of his unique upbringing and consequent life experience. Born to two blind parents, Fitzsimmons grew up in a home where sound - particularly music - was integral to communication. His parents had an assortment of guitars, pianos and other instruments, and introduced young William to the music of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, among others. For many years, armed with a Master's degree in counseling, he worked as a mental health therapist, and only began recording his songs during graduate school breaks. Fitzsimmons’ music has also been licensed to a wide variety of networks including ABC, NBC, MTV, Lifetime and CW and he has been featured in Billboard, NPR, Rolling Stone, Paste, Spin, Musikexpress, Uncut, Q Magazine and Performing Songwriter Magazine. Fitzsimmons’ 2010 release of Gold In The Shadow landed at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, as well as #3 on the Folk Albums chart.
Fitzsimmons is on tour this fall for a few select dates. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
1. Well Enough
2. Josie’s Song
7. Hold On
9. From You
11/13 – Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
11/15 - Bluebird Cafe - Nashville, TN (SOLD OUT)
11/16 - Vinyl - Atlanta, GA
11/21 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
11/22 - Swedish American Hall - San Francisco, CA
11/23 - The Hotel Cafe - Los Angeles, CA (SOLD OUT)
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