Some unexpectedly awesome news hit our inbox this morning — Guitarist-composer, Bill Frisell will release an album of new material on June 18th appropriately titled Big Sur. Big Sur is a region in California, one of it’s most beautiful, with almost 90 miles of scenic coastline from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara. The album features an hour of original music, with 19 compositions that reference the coastal-mountain area. Be sure and check out the 15-minute documentary on the making of Big Sur and the entire tracklisting (incl. a song called “We All Love Neil Young”) with a tour in support.

“It was extraordinary. You’re surrounded by forest, and there’s a trail that you can walk to the end of the bluff, where the land just drops off and you see the whole panorama of the Big Sur coast and the Pacific Ocean.” – Bill Frisell

*Update 5/30/13:

You can stream four of the new tracks online.

Bill Frisell - Big Sur EPK

Big Sur – Tracklisting: All compositions by Bill Frisell

1. The Music of Glen Deven Ranch
2. Sing Together Like a Family
3. A Good Spot
4. Going to California
5. The Big One
6. Somewhere
7. Gather Good Things
8. Cry Alone
9. The Animals
10. Highway 1
11. A Beautiful View
12. Hawks
13. We All Love Neil Young
14. Big Sur
15. On the Lookout
16. Shacked Up
17. Walking Stick (for Jim Cox)
18. Song for Lana Weeks
19. Far Away

Upcoming Bill Frisell Appearances:

Big Sur:
July 11 / Garana Jazz Festival / Garna, Romania
July 12 / TBA / Neuhardenberg – Berlin, Germany
July 13 / Koncerhuset / Copenhagen, Denmark
July 16 / Flassen Thetret Vart / Molde, Norway
July 17 / Mendizorrotza Sports Arena / Victoria, Spain
July 18 / Kulturzentrum Tollhaus e.V., Zeltival / Karlsruhe, Germany
July 20 / Stress Festival / Stresa Italy

Beautiful Dreamers:
May 1 – 2 / The Dakota / Minneapolis, MN
May 3 / Old Town School of Folk Music / Chicago, IL
May 4 / The Ark / Ann Arbor, MI
May 7 – 12 / Village Vanguard / New York, NY

June 2 / Charlie Haden Tribute – Healdsburg Jazz Festival / Santa Rosa, CA
June 18 – 19 / Joni: A Portrait in Song (Joni Mitchell Tribute) – Massey Hall / Toronto, Canada
June 22 / with Marianne Faithfull -The Meltdown Festival / London, UK
June 29 / Bill Frisell Solo – Montreal Jazz Festival @ L’Astral / Montreal, Quebec
June 30 / Duo with Charles Lloyd – Montreal Jazz Festival @ PDA Jean-Duceppe / Montreal, Quebec
September 1 / All We Are Saying: Music of John Lennon – Detroit International Jazz Festival / Detroit, MI

Preview some of the new tracks via Bill Frisell Radio.