Sorry for the late notice, but Freedy Johnston is playing Union Hall tonight.
This is a big deal for anyone who remembers Johnston’s last Brooklyn show, when he was at Southpaw last year and played his irreplaceable 1992 album “Can You Fly” from “Trying to Tell You I Don’t Know” all the way through to “We Will Shine.”
He won’t reprise the album, but Johnston promised a great show.
“I’ll be doing my thing — solo acoustic,” he said.
Though he hasn’t put out an LP in eight years — “I’m a slow worker,” he said — he’ll have plenty of material.
“I’ve been playing all over and writing songs — and I finally have a new album coming out in October,” he said.
A new album? You mean the same “new” album he talked about last year?
“This time, it’s really coming out,” the former Williamsburger and native Kansan said. “It’s called ‘Rain on the City.’”
Don’t expect any ground-breaking new sound from the man whose “Can You Fly” and 1994 follow-up “This Perfect World” brought him from obscurity to legendary indie status — a lofty perch that he promptly squandered on half-starts, soul-searching, odd cover gigs on the Lower East Side and plenty of touring.
He may not be “back,” but he’s still great.
“Everyone is happy with the new album — it’s a good restart to my musical life,” he said.
Freedy Johnston at Union Hall [702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 638-4400], June 19, 8 pm. Tickets, $15.