Neko Case will release Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule, a career-spanning vinyl box set that pools all of her studio albums, a live LP and an EP in one limited edition package. The 8-LP remastered collection will see the release of her 1997 debut The Virginian on vinyl for the first time, while other albums in the collection have been out of print on vinyl for the better part of a decade. Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule, due out November 13th, will also house an 80-page full color photography book designed and curated by the alt-country singer-songwriter.
Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule will include The Virginian, 2000's Furnace Room Lullaby, the 2001 Canadian Amp EP, 2002's Blacklisted, the 2004 live album The Tigers Have Spoken, 2006's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, 2009's Middle Cyclone and Case's most recent album, 2013's The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. The set will also come in a vinyl slipmat with illustration Neko Case as well as a custom storage box. Pre-order the box set now through Anti-.
In a letter to fans accompanying the box set announcement, Case reflected on her two decades as a musician. "Being in a band isn't a race to an awards platform; it is a life, a great and complicated, messy, anxious, hilarious and home-made life. I wouldn't trade it for anything, ever," Case wrote. "I gave up a lot of what makes people 'normal,' but it was always my choice. That is a victory in itself. This is a LONG story, which I will continue later, but for now, here are some images and music to take in and wonder about. I made all this for you and me. Without you, however, the circuit does not complete. Thank you for being here with me and making music."
In celebration of the career-spanning vinyl box set, Case will hit the road this September to play songs from her entire catalog. For the first time in 14 years, Case will perform as part of a quartet for the seven North American dates.
Neko Case Tour Dates
September 4 - Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
September 6 - Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
September 8 - Anchorage, AK @ The Bear Tooth Theatre
September 20 - Toronto, ON @ Toronto Urban Roots Fest
September 26 - Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
September 27 - Oxford, TN @ The Lyric
December 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple