Colin Meloy has written songs about a sailor who has been swallowed by a whale and a child ghost. Would it be at all surprising if Durham's industrial past — or bright future — inspired a composition from the bard-ish front man of the Decemberists?
With his band on long-term hiatus, Meloy will bring his first solo tour in five years to the Carolina Theatre on November 6. The show is co-presented by Cat's Cradle of Chapel Hill.
The show is expected to feature selections from Meloy's entire catalog, as well as cover songs from the four solo efforts he's released to date, including the "Colin Meloy Sings…" series of EPs on which he has covered songs by Morrissey, Shirley Collins and Sam Cooke respectively.
As he launches his solo tour, Meloy will release another EP of cover songs, but he has not yet revealed its theme. In an interview with the A.V. Club in 2011, Meloy declared an interest in making a synth-pop record. Might that be the direction he takes on the new record?
Fans will know by the time he stops in Durham.
Tickets for Meloy's Durham show go on sale on Friday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster, at the Carolina Theatre box office at: www.carolinatheatre.org.