Announcing the Petal to the Metal Tour

Brooklyn indie-Americana project Leland Sundries and Boston folk-rocker Dan Kaplan will kick off a tour May 16, exploring New England and New York. The tour will wind up May 23 with a Manhattan show that also features former Hightone Records artist Laura Minor’s first show of 2010 on the bill.

Each act has captured some northeast buzz. Time Out New York has praised Leland Sundries for its “oddball storytelling with a lo-fi country sensibility for a Ween-meets–Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy feel” while says, “we love the laid-back grooves and scratchy vocals.” The Boston Globe has called Kaplan “a Cambridge folk strummer with a keen ear for pop hooks… Ryan Adams and Wilco-inspired songs should make you nostalgic for something – or someone.”

Dan Kaplan’s debut full length album, ‘Year of the Swallowtail,’ (2010) is available now through Folkus Records. Kaplan explores the trial-by-fire themes of love and loss, emotional insecurity and mortality. And with an extensive back catalogue already, including two solo EPs and over 250 songs penned, he’s established himself as a major New England songwriter to watch. Kaplan grew up on Long Island and is now a denizen of Somerville, MA.

Leland Sundries is preparing its debut record, ‘The Apothecary EP’ (L’echiquier Records) for fall 2010 release and the “Roller Derby Queen” single for spring 2011. Leader Nick Loss-Eaton grew up in Lexington, MA and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is a multi-instrumentalist who will be accompanied by a resonator guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, Fender Jazzmaster electric guitar, two-string cigarbox guitar, numerous harmonicas, and a kazoo.

Dan Kaplan & Leland Sundries PETAL TO THE METAL tour dates:

May 16 – Sally O’Brien’s – Somerville, Massachusetts
May 17 – Slainte Wine Bar – Portland, Maine
May 19 – Weathervane Music Hall – Brattleboro, Vermont
May 20 – Sam’s Pizzeria – Northampton, Massachusetts
May 21 – Emack & Bolio’s (downtown) – Albany, New York
May 22 – Inquiring Minds Bookstore/Café – Saugerties, New York
May 23 – Parkside Lounge – New York, New York (also w/ Laura Minor, Will Levith, John Henry Olthoff, Art School Dropouts)

Dan Kaplan