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Christopher Paul Stelling Unveils New Track "The Cost Of Doing Business"
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Christopher Paul Stelling Unveils New Track "The Cost Of Doing Business"

With a steady drum beat, “The Cost of Doing Business” finds Stelling’s melodic guitar picking augmented by splashes of strings and some backing vocals to create something that feels both observational and intensely personal.

Listen on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2oKfYzN

Listen on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMTdQVK7Jzk

“This song in particular has given me a lot to think about,” Stelling says. “I've rarely if ever thought of songs as statements, but more like questions posed to and from my own subconscious. Sorry if that sounds a little pretentious, but it's just the way it is. The song muses on the idea that there's not simply a monetary but also a physical toll when the business that one is involved in is their art, their creative life force, their soul. And of course it has to reference that Faustian myth, that took hold of the human psyche long before Robert Johnson took his guitar to the crossroads. It's always easy to imagine a future for yourself where everything is better and you're more provided for, but there is always a price. That's kind of where this song takes root. Even more universally relevant to all of our current state of affairs: Is it possible that not only individuals but entire nations can fall victim to a silver tongued devil who surrounds himself with golden adornments and promises a better future but inside is rotten to the core, corrupt, and willing to sell everyone down the river simply to further their own cruel and selfish interests?”

Unlike previous records, Itinerant Arias finds Stelling backed by a band, electrified if you will. It is a record inspired by movement and travel. The album cover a photograph taken by Stelling himself depicting an arrangement of found objects on his table. With a little more than a week before returning to the road, he retreated to a friend’s Connecticut cabin out in the woods with some musician friends. They slept there, ate there and didn’t leave for the next eight days, recording the haunting and powerful record.

Stelling is getting ready to hit the road again, doing what he has for years now, playing music, and moving, documenting the all struggles and victories of the world he passes through. The tour kicks off May 6 in Europe and will soon be crossing North America. It’s what he does.

Tour Dates:

Europe
05/06 - Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique (sold out)
05/07 - Utrecht, Netherlands @ Molen de Star
05/08 - Groningen, Netherlands @ Lutherse Kerk
05/09 - Aarhus, Denmark @ Atlas
05/10 - Hamburg, Germany @ Nochtwache
05/11 - Berlin, Germany @Lidolino
05/12 - Aachen, Germany @ Langer Turm
05/13 - Witten, Germany @ Stellwerk (knuts)
05/14 - Venlo, Netherlands @ Down By The River

North America
05/18 - Cambridge, MA - Atwoods Tavern
05/19 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
05/20 - New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall (stage 2)
05/21 - York, PA - Sign of the Wagon
05/22 - Philadelphia, PA - Bourbon and Branch
05/23 - Baltimore, MD - Creative Alliance
05/24 - Washington, DC - Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge
05/25 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
05/26 - Johnson City, TN - Founder’s After 5
05/27 - Asheville, NC - Altamont Theatre
05/30 - Knoxville, TN - Modern Studio
05/31 - Nashville, TN - The Basement
06/02 - Detroit, MI - 20 Front St.
06/03 - Chicago, IL - The Tonic Room
06/04 - Kansas City, MO - Dubliner
06/08 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
06/21 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah
06/24 - Seattle, WA - Conor Byrne
06/25 - Yakima, WA - Sports Center
06/30 - Spokane, WA - Bartlett
07/05 - Grand Forks, ND - North Dakota Museum of Art
07/07-09 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival

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