New Autumn Defense album, tour

Great news for fans of music that matters – a new Autumn Defense album. 

For their third album, self-titled The Autumn Defense, Pat Sansone and John Stirratt took some time away from their duties as members of Wilco to write and record new material in Chicago.  They recovened with their rhythm section of the last six years: drummer Greg Wieczorek and producer/ session man Brad Jones, along with other Autumn Defense regulars, pedal steel player John Pirruccello and horn player Steve Tyska.

With string and flute performances that bring Sansone's light orchestral arrangements to life and which provide a truly organic feel to the recordings, The Autumn Defense is the culmination and continuation of what the band has reached for in the last two records, from Philly-soul to baroque to bossa-nova to the classic Southern California sound.  A world of voices explored, and styles which are touched on and made their own.

Scott Holter for writes, "Three years after their charming sophomore effort Circles paid reverence to the '70s AM pop they adore, Stirrat and Sansone revisit the immaculate production of their previous work, but with greater cohesion and broader instrumentation, as the customary layers of acoustic and electric guitars are boosted with Revolver-like strings ("Estate Remains"), Memphis-soulful organ ("Feel You Now"), and woodwinds from the Nick Drake playbook ("Canyon Arrow").  Stirrat (whose underrated backing vocals are a Wilco treasure) carries the duo vocally, his discreet voice never sparring with Sansone's brilliant arrangements.  But it's when the pair sing together–best emphasized on the power pop of "Winterlight" and the L.A. folk of "We Would Never Die"–that the Autumn Defense truly shine as a full-fledged band."



26 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
27 Champaign, IL Canopy Club
28 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater


01 Madison, WI Cafe Monmartre
03 Chicago, IL Park West
09 Nashville, TN The Basement
10 Oxford, MS Proud Larry's
11 Meridian, MS The Opera House
13 Atlanta, GA The Earl
14 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
15 Vienna, VA Jammin' Java
16 Philadelphia, PA Northstar
17 Baltimore, MD Fletcher's
19 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
20 Cambridge, MA Middle East
21 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
22 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
23 Montreal, QE Main Hall
24 Toronto, ON Horseshoe