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    Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:00:28

    Squirrel Nut Zippers' Tom Maxwell Is Back... - ...with a new album + book

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    Music and a book are on the way!

    After an almost 10-year hiatus from recording, Tom Maxwell, the former lead singer of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, returns with a new album, a new band, dubbed Tom Maxwell & The Minor Drag, and a new book.

    He is multi-media!

    As a member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers between 1994 and 1999, Maxwell enjoyed tons of success.

    About the music? His new self-titled album, Tom Maxwell & The Minor Drag, was recorded with long-time Zippers producer Mike Napolitano and features guest vocals by Ani DiFranco. The Minor Drag is an extraordinary collection of musicians, featuring members of Lost in the Trees and The Old Ceremony. They display remarkable flexibility and nuance, and boast instrumentation not often found: drums, tuba, vibraphone, piano and guitar.

    "It sounds cliché, but doing this album was a dream come true," Maxwell remarked. "First off, I got to work with Mike Napolitano again - that veteran of so many Squirrel Nut Zippers records and my brother from another mother. And we did it in New Orleans to boot -- the birthplace of most of the music I love. Working with Ani DiFranco was the icing on the cake: she's fantastic."

    Now, about the book. Maxwell's memoir about the Squirrel Nut Zippers' strange rise, titled Hell, is on its way. Oyster Point Press (formerly Pressque Publishing) will publish the book on August 26, simultaneous with the release of this album.

    "I wrote the book because I wanted to reveal the 'before' side of the story, because most people know the 'after,' Maxwell commented. "I wanted to show how hilarious and heartbreaking the whole thing was, how improbable and inevitable."

    Tom Maxwell & The Minor Drag are planning a fall tour in support of both the album and book. More details to come soon.

    Both the album and book are available for pre-sale now on Tom Maxwell's website, which is at tommaxwell.com.

    Anyone plan to listen and read? You should!



    —Maggie Pannacione
    07.21.14



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