Black Belt Eagle Scout, aka multi-instrumentalist and activist Katherine Paul, announced on Tuesday that her sophomore album, At the Party With My Brown Friends, will be released via Saddle Creek on Aug. 30.
The lead single and opening song from the forthcoming LP, “At the Party,” is out now. Paul’s 2019 single “Half Colored Hair” will also be included among the record’s nine tracks, though that 7-inch’s A-side “Loss & Relax” will not.
Paul released her Portland-based indie-rock project’s debut album, Mother of My Children, last year to critical acclaim, including a spot on Paste’s list of 2018’s best new artists.
Ever since, lead singer and principal songwriter Paul has been making waves with eloquent lyrics that honor her indigenous heritage.
As a self-identified queer womxn, each of Paul’s songs convey heartfelt, sentimental themes and showcase her guitar-playing skills.
“Within my conscious self, there is always a sense of questioning the legitimacy of the world when you grow up on an Indian reservation,” says Paul of her new single in a statement. “We are all at the party (the world), trying to navigate ourselves within a good or bad situation. I happen to be at the party with my brown friends—Indigenous, Black, POC who always have my back while we walk throughout this event called life.”
Black Belt Eagle Scout will play several music festivals this year, including Sled Island in Calgary, Canada, Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I., and Pickathon in her hometown of Portland, Ore.
The band has also announced fall 2019 tour dates as support for Devendra Banhart. Paul and her band are set to play venues across North America in support of their forthcoming album.
Listen to Black Belt Eagle Scout’s poignant new track below, and see the At the Party With My Brown Friends album art and tracklist further down, plus the band’s tour dates.
At the Party With My Brown Friends Album Art:
At the Party With My Brown Friends Tracklist:
01. At the Party
02. My Heart Dreams
03. Going to the Beach With Haley
04. Real Lovin
05. Run It to Ya
06. I Said I Wouldn’t Write This Song
07. Scorpio Moon
08. Half Colored Hair
09. You’re Me and I’m You
Black Belt Eagle Scout Tour Dates:
20 – Calgary, Alta. @ Sled Island
21 – Calgary, Alta. @ Sled Island
11 – Abbotsford, B.C. @ Jam In Jubilee
26 – Newport, R.I. @ Newport Folk Festival
01 – Happy Valley, Ore. @ Pickathon
02 – Happy Valley, Ore. @ Pickathon
03 – Happy Valley, Ore. @ Pickathon
04 – Happy Valley, Ore. @ Pickathon
25 – Port Townsend, Wash. @ Thing
30 – Boulder, Colo. @ Boulder Theater
01 – Omaha, Neb. @ Slowdown
02 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Varsity Theater
03 – Chicago, Ill. @ Thalia Hall
05 – Memphis, Tenn. @ The Hi-Tone
30 – Detroit, Mich. @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
01 – Toronto, Ont. @ Danforth Music Hall
03 – Montreal, Que. @ L’Olympia
04 – Boston, Mass. @ Wilbur Theatre
05 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel
07 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
08 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer