Joel Plaskett Announces The Release Of “Joel Plaskett & The Park Avenue Sobriety Test” Album

The Park Avenue Sobriety Test. Is it the name of a band? A metaphor? A Dartmouth rite of passage? An acronym? It’s a bit of all those, and a bit of a mystery too. It’s also the name of Joel Plaskett’s new album, another brilliant collection of songs that features both the classic Plaskett sound and a story thread.

“The album is about a 39-year old wrestling with his place on earth and society, navigating it. It sounds banal, and it kind of is, but it’s important to me. And maybe if you’re at the same point in your life that I am, it will make sense. As you get more experiences as an adult, you start notching up the lost friends, and the missed opportunities, and the way things could or couldn’t have gone. You can choose to crumble or retreat, temporarily or permanently. Or you power through it and look for the joy. I think I try to strike the balance of the two perspectives here, I really can feel both of those at certain times, and even the same time. “

While The Park Avenue Sobriety Test is a Plaskett album by name, the big group of friends helping out is the Emergency-Plus, featuring his long-time touring buddies, plus previous members of that group and Thrush Hermit, and even more friends and musical neighbours. Produced by Plaskett at his New Scotland Yard studio in Dartmouth, the album includes contributions from Dave Marsh, Chris Pennell, Tim Brennan, Ian McGettigan, JP Cormier, Mo Kenney and more.

“I’m really proud of the work we did in the studio. When I listen to the songs, I hear a lot of joy in the playing because so much of it was cut live. So there’s this life that I hear that goes a bit deeper than my other records. I still feel like I’m trying to make music that’s vital, and ideally better than things I’ve done in the past. I’m still fighting for that. I’m learning as I go as a producer, how to make things sounds better.”

The Park Avenue Sobriety Test is the multi-award winning artist’s ninth studio album and the follow up to 2012’s widely acclaimed Scrappy Happiness. With thousands of tour dates under his belt Plaskett will take to the road once again with a recently announced coast to coast Canadian tour. Tour dates commence April 28 and all stops are listed below.

Track Listing
1. Illegitimate Blues
2. On A Dime
3. Alright/OK
4. The Last Phone Booth
5. When I Close My Eyes
6. Credits Roll
7. Captains Of Industry
8. For Your Consideration
9. Hard Times
10. Broke
11. Song For Jersey
12. Broken Heart Songs
13. The Park Avenue Sobriety Test
The Park Avenue Sobriety Test Tour Dates
April 28 – Miramichi, NB- Carrefour Beausoleil
April 29 – Saint John, NB- Imperial Theatre
April 30 – Charlottetown, PE- Confederation Centre for the Arts
May 7 – Victoria, BC- Alix Goolden Performance Hall
May 9 – Edmonton, AB- Union Hall
May 10 – Lethbridge, AB- University of Lethbridge, University Theatre
May 11 – Medicine Hat, AB- Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
May 14 – Saskatoon, SK- Broadway Theatre
May 15 – Regina, SK- University of Regina, The Darke Hall
May 16 – Winnipeg, MB- West End Cultural Centre
May 19 – Waterford, ON- The Old Town Hall
May 20 – Kitchener, ON- Center In The Square
May 22 – Toronto, ON- Danforth Music Hall
May 26 – Parry Sound, ON- The Stockey Centre
May 27 – St. Thomas, ON – Elgin Theatre
May 28 – Montreal, QC- The Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
May 30 – Moncton, NB- Tide & Boar Ballroom
June 4 – Halifax, NS- Rebecca Cohn Auditorium