Indie-Pop Duo Tennis Announce 2020 Tour

Tennis; press photo

Tennis; press photo

Acclaimed indie-pop duo Tennis has announced plans for a major North American headline tour. The dates get underway February 25 at Kansas City, MO’s Madrid Theatre & Café and then continue through early May. Highlights include top-billed performances at Boise, ID’s Treefort Music Fest (March 27) and Atlanta, GA’s annual Shaky Knees Music Festival (May 3). Support on all headline dates comes from Molly Burch. For complete details and ticket information, please visit

25 – Kansas City, MO – Madrid Theatre & Cafe
27 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
28 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
29 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
MARCH 2020
2 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
4 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
28 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge
30 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
31 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
APRIL 2020
1 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
3 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
4 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
5 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
8 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
16 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
17 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
18 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
20 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre Center
21 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
22 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
24 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
25 – Boston, MA – Royale
26 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
28 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
29 – Washington, DC – The 9:30 Club
30 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
MAY 2020
1 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
4 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
6 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
8 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
9 – Saint Louis, MO – Delmar Hall

The upcoming tour heralds Tennis’s highly anticipated fifth studio album, SWIMMER, arriving via Tennis’s own Mutually Detrimental label on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020. The album is preceded by the band’s eagerly awaited new single and first new music in almost three years, “Runner, “available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The track is joined by a colorful companion video, directed by longtime collaborator Luca Venter and inspired by singer Alaina Moore’s love of “old musicals and all things Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Bob Fosse.”

Known as a captivating and charismatic live act, Tennis has spent much of its existence on the road, including sold out headline runs, festival sets, tours alongside such like-minded artists as Father John Misty, Spoon, The Decemberists, and The Shins, and most recently, a sold out summer double bill with Mumford & Sons at Englewood, CO’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.

Produced by Tennis and mixed by four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee Claudius Mittendorfer (Panic! At The Disco, Parquet Courts), SWIMMER sees the Denver, CO-based husband and wife duo of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore elevating their distinctive pop approach to heretofore unexplored new heights, experimenting with atypical instrumentation, complex time changes, and an increased focus on lyrical storytelling fueled in part by a series of life-changing experiences that only served to strengthen their already powerful personal and creative bond. As with their 2011 debut album, CAPE DORY, and their acclaimed fourth LP, 2017’s YOURS CONDITIONALLY, the new album was written largely on the sea, this time during a four-month sailing excursion in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico as well as Tennis’s own Denver, CO recording studio.

“‘Runner’ is the first song we wrote for our fifth record,” says Moore. “It began as a guitar riff Patrick recorded while we were living off grid, anchored in a fisherman’s cove called San Juanico. The only instruments we had on board were an acoustic guitar and a drum sequencer, but the limitations seemed to work in our favor. Until that point we had no clear vision for our writing. The demo Patrick recorded that day outlined our future, the first contours of our next record.

“It took months to write a chorus that fit. I wanted to respond to Patrick’s ideas without altering them. I cycled through chord progressions and pages of lyrics. A year passed. The song seemed to actively resist coherence. My breakthrough came when I began to think of the song as a conversation between two songwriters, a series of questions and answers. It constituted a shift in our writing relationship from one that was solipsistic— my songs, which were distinct from Patrick’s— to one of collaboration and attunement. I often wonder if a truly equitable partnership exists anywhere between anyone, but this song feels like a testament to its possibility.”

“Runner” follows 2017’s acclaimed WE CAN DIE HAPPY EP, hailed by Atwood Magazine as “a warm, dynamic explosion of spellbinding melodies, evocative soundscapes and intimate lyrics… Tennis take a big sigh of relief, and then, with refreshed gusto, continue to dive deep into human emotions, internal and external relationships, society’s norms, and more.” The EP includes the buoyant lead single, “I Miss That Feeling,” joined by a companion video streaming via YouTube.

Tennis’s most recent full-length LP, YOURS CONDITIONALLY, made a spectacular chart debut upon its 2016 release via Mutually Detrimental, arriving at #3 on Billboard’s “Alternative Albums” chart as well as at #2 on the “Vinyl Albums” tally, ultimately proving one of the year’s top 50 highest selling vinyl releases.

High On Fire Kicks Off Massive North American Headlining Tour

High On Fire; press photo

High On Fire; press photo

GRAMMY Award-winning metal band High on Fire launched a fall North American tour in support of its new album Electric Messiah on November 7 at Austin TX’s Levitation Festival. The month long tour will stretch from coast to coast, hitting major markets in the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up in southern California in early December. Support on the High on Fire tour comes from Power Trip, Devil Master and Creeping Death.

High on Fire took home the GRAMMY for Best Metal Performance earlier this year for “Electric Messiah,” the title track from the group’s 2018 album of the same name. High on Fire joins the ranks of groups such as Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Metallica and Slayer as winners of the prestigious award, presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry.

High On Fire tour flyer

High On Fire tour flyer

High on Fire released Electric Messiah last year via Entertainment One to scads of critical acclaim. The A.V. Club stated that “The bar for metal album of the year has been raised” and it couldn’t be more correct. Electric Messiah landed on a myriad of 2018 year-end “Best of” lists including A.V. Club, Revolver, Loudwire and Consequence of Sound who stated that High on Fire “successfully construct Sabbath-ian, earth-moving riffs as their blueprint.” Pitchfork said boldly, “When High on Fire rip, it’s like they’re tearing through the whole universe.”

About High on Fire:
Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, High on Fire creates dynamic metal that merges primal fury and aggression, hesher bombast and hall of fame heaviness. Described as “a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume,” High on Fire has rewritten the hard rock rule book since its formation in 1998, forging a style and sound that is both critically celebrated and unique. The group features vocalist and cult guitar hero Matt Pike — also a founding member of the famed underground band SLEEP — along with powerhouse drummer Des Kensel and talented bassist Jeff Matz. High on Fire’s most recent studio album, Electric Messiah, was released on October 9, 2018, and won a GRAMMY for Best Metal Performance at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

2020 One Love Cali Reggae Festival

one love festival flyerGoldenvoice has announced the 2020 One Love Cali Reggae Festival at the Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, California. Celebrating its five-year anniversary, the three-day event will take place Friday, February 7, Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9. Performances include Dirty Heads, Sublime With Rome, Atmosphere, Rebelution, Stick Figure, SOJA, Slightly Stoopid, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Iration and many more.

Passes are on sale, starting at $85.00 plus fees with payment plans also available at $19.99 down. More information available at

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The Allman Betts Band 2020 Tour And All-Star Allman Family Revival

The Allman Betts Band; press photo

The Allman Betts Band; press photo

The Allman Betts Band has officially announced the full artist lineup for the third annual Allman Family Revival.

“These Allman Family Revival shows have become an annual reunion for our musical family. This year, going from just one show in San Francisco to three shows including Denver and NYC, is going to be epic. The musicians that have signed on have really upped the ante. We are so stoked to jam with our friends in Dad’s honor!” said Devon Allman.

Newly announced artists include JD Simo, Alex Orbison, Eric McFadden, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, Charlie Starr, Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, G Love, Ally Venable, Lamar Williams, and Lily Hiatt. Before the Revival shows, the band is touring extensively in support of their debut album Down To The River, released earlier this year via BMG, receiving extensive attention and praise around the world.

The current tour will see The ABB touring the US and internationally as the band is set to play the famed Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia.

The ABB has also recently announced that they will be supporting Gov’t Mule on Dec 27 during their New Year’s run in Philadelphia and then Lynyrd Skynyrd on New Year’s Eve in Dallas.

“We are super excited to be joining our friends Lynyrd Skynyrd on NYE. They are legends and we can’t wait to throw down in Dallas,” adds Duane Betts.

For all tour info and up to date news on The Allman Betts Band visit

DECEMBER 7 San Francisco @ The Fillmore
DECEMBER 8 Denver @ The Mission Ballroom
DECEMBER 28 NYC @ The Beacon Theater

Robin Zander
Eric Krasno
Charlie Starr
Todd Park Mohr
G Love
Luther Dickinson
Cody Dickinson
Robert Randolph
Jimmy Hall
Samantha Fish
Lamar Williams JR
Ally Venable
Jimmy Vivino
Alex Orbison
JD Simo
Eric McFadden
Lilly Hiatt
*Some artists listed will not play all three shows. Check with individual venues for local billing.

Nov 4 Frankfort, KY @ Grand Theatre
Nov 6 Morgantown, WV @ Metropolitan Theatre
Nov 7 Blacksburg, VA @ Lyric Theatre
Nov 8 Richmond, VA @ The National
Nov 9 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theatre
Nov 10 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Nov 13 @ New York, NY Beacon (with Charlie Daniels Band)
Nov 14 Glenside, PA @ Keswick (with Charlie Daniels Band)
Nov 15 Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale (with Charlie Daniels Band)
Nov 16 Waterloo, NY @ The Vine at Del Lago (with Charlie Daniels Band)
Nov 17 Northampton, MA @ The Academy of Music
Dec 7 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (Allman Family Revival)
Dec 8 Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom (Allman Family Revival)
Dec 27 Philadelphia, PA @ Met (With Gov’t Mule)
Dec 28 New York, NY Beacon (Allman Family Revival)
Dec 30 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Dec 31 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Feb 5 St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theater
Feb 6 Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
Feb 7 Fort Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre
Feb 9 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Feb 11 Syracuse, NY @ Wescott Theater
Feb 12 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Feb 14 Salisbury, MA @ Blue Ocean Music Hall
Feb 16 Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music hall
Feb 20 Greensboro, NC @ Carolina Theatre
Feb 21 Anniston, AL @ Anniston Performing Arts Center
Mar 4 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center
Mar 6 Phoenix, AZ @ MIM
Apr 9-12 Tyagarah, Australia @ Bluesfest Byron Bay
Apr 23 Cleveland, MS @ Bologna Performing Arts Center
May 2 El Dorado, AR @ First Financial Music Hall
May 6 Florence, SC @ Francis Marion Univerisity PAC
May 9 Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
May 14 Baton Rouge, LA @ Manship Theater
May 15 Lafayette, LA @ Acadiana Center (SOLD OUT)

ESPN Enlists Diplo to Curate Music for Monday Night Football Spots

Diplo; press photo

Diplo; press photo

Grammy Award winning producer, DJ, artist and Philadelphia Eagles fan, Diplo, will be working with ESPN through the remainder of the NFL season to choose tracks that reflect the intensity and the storylines of select Monday Night Football match ups. The resulting promotional spots are part of ESPN’s ongoing “Ready for Football” campaign.

The initial collaboration, to be released tonight during ESPN’s Monday Night Football presentation, highlights next week’s match up – Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers – and features “Ruckus” by Konata Small. Diplo chose the track because it captures the emotion of this high-stakes division clash between these bitter NFC West rivals, in which fans can expect that Russell Wilson will look to continue his MVP season and lead the Seahawks to victory against Jimmy Garoppolo and the undefeated 49ers.

“This is the point in the season where it starts to get really exciting – dumb luck has ended and the true contenders are really being revealed. It’s a part of the season that tests not just the teams, but their fans as well – I feel like the energy of Ruckus is a perfect match for where these two teams are right now,” said Diplo.

Added Emeka Ofodile, VP of Marketing at ESPN, “Diplo is a force to be reckoned with and we knew he’d bring great energy to our Ready for Football campaign. He also happens to be a big sports fan and we’re looking forward to building something really special around the NFL on ESPN.”

ESPN’s “Ready For Football” is a year-round campaign that highlights ESPN’s unmatched access and analysis to the NFL.

August Burns Red Announce 2020 Tours With Killswitch Engage

August Red Burns; press photo

August Red Burns; press photo

Grammy-nominated and Gold-selling hard rock heavyweights Killswitch Engage have announced their Spring 2020 North American tour plans. The band, recently recognized by Forbes as “one of modern metal’s most cherished acts” will return to the road to headline clubs and theaters across the U.S. and Canada. The trek kicks off on March 10 in Cleveland and runs through April 12 in Boston. Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s own August Burns Red will serve as main support for all of the dates. Additional acts appearing on the tour will be announced at a later date. All tour dates are below.

Killswitch Engage / August Red Burns 2020 tour poster

Killswitch Engage / August Red Burns 2020 tour poster

Killswitch Engage’s latest album Atonement is out now via Metal Blade Records. All Music described the album as “the best-sounding record in the band’s catalog, bridging modern studio techniques with early-2000s ones,” while Consequence of Sound praised the band for continuing to “deliver brutal compositions that hook listeners in with thrilling musicianship.” Loudwire deemed the record a “high mark in the Killswitch Engage catalog and easily the metalcore icons’ most dynamic release yet.” MetalSucks summed it up best, saying, “There’s a reason Killswitch Engage have survived when many of their peers tripped over their ear gauges and fell by the wayside. They’re just really damn good at what they do,” while Exclaim! enthused that Atonement is full of “material so killer that nobody could ever doubt them.”


3/10 — Cleveland, OH — Agora Theatre
3/11 — Grand Rapids, MI — 20 Monroe Live
3/13 — Philadelphia, PA — Franklin Music Hall
3/14 — Silver Spring, MD — Fillmore
3/15 — Raleigh, NC — Ritz
3/17 — Atlanta, GA — Tabernacle
3/18 — Orlando, FL — House of Blues
3/20 — Dallas, TX — Southside Ballroom
3/21 — Houston, TX — House of Blues
3/21 — San Antonio, TX — Vibes
3/23 — Tempe, AZ — The Marquee
3/24 — Los Angeles — The Wiltern
3/25 — Riverside, CA — Municipal Auditorium
3/26 — San Francisco, CA — Warfield
3/28 — Seattle, WA — Showbox Sodo
3/29 — Boise, ID — Revolution
3/31 — Salt Lake City, UT — Complex
4/1 — Denver, CO — Fillmore
4/3 — Minneapolis, MN — Fillmore
4/4 — Chicago, IL — Radius
4/5 — Detroit, MI — Fillmore
4/6 — Toronto, ON — Rebel
4/8 — Montreal, QC — MTelus
4/10 — Portland, ME — State Theatre
4/11 — New York, NY — Terminal 5
4/12 — Boston, MA — House of Blues

Killswitch Engage first shook the structure of heavy music upon climbing out of snowy industrialized Western Massachusetts in 1999. A musical outlier, the band pioneered a union of thrashed-out European guitar pyrotechnics, East Coast hardcore spirit, on-stage hijinks, and enlightened lyricism that set the pace for what the turn-of-the-century deemed heavy. 2002’s Alive Or Just Breathing became avowed as a definitive album, being named among “The Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of the Decade” by Decibel and celebrated by everyone from Metal Hammer to Revolver. Not only did they bust open the floodgates for dozens to follow, but they also garnered two GRAMMY®Award nominations in the category of “Best Metal Performance” in 2005 and 2014, respectively, and gold certifications for The End of Heartache [2004] and As Daylight Dies [2006]. The group landed three consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with Killswitch Engage [2009], Disarm The Descent [2013], and their career high best bow at #6 with Incarnate [2016]. The latter two releases would also both capture #1 on the Top Rock Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums charts. Their total streams have exceeded half-a-billion to date. Along the way, the band has shared stages with some of the biggest acts in the world and have sold out countless headline gigs in six continents across the globe.

2019 represents another turning point. The quintet—Adam Dutkiewicz [lead guitar], Joel Stroetzel [rhythm guitar], Mike D’Antonio [bass], Justin Foley [drums], and Jesse Leach [vocals]—sharpen every side of this signature sound on their eighth full-length and first for Metal Blade, Atonement. Their most critically acclaimed album in at least 15 years, Atonement debuted #2 on the Billboard Top Album chart, #13 on the Billboard Top 200, and once again #1 on both the Top Rock and Hard Rock Album charts. Needless to say, worldwide touring is on the agenda for the rest of 2019 and beyond.

Dead Can Dance To Perform A Celebration of Life & Works 1980 – 2020

Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry of DEAD CAN DANCE; Photo: Jay Brooks

Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry of DEAD CAN DANCE; Photo: Jay Brooks

Dead Can Dance return to North and South America in April & May 2020 and will make a stop at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre on Saturday, May 9. The tour begins in Philadelphia, PA on April 17, followed by shows across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Peru and ending with two shows in Santiago, Chile on May 24 and 26.

The tour sees Brendan Perry, Lisa Gerrard and full backing band return to the Americas for the first time since Coachella in April 2013.

Following their sold out two-legged European tour in the Spring of 2019 which ended with a triumphant show at Athens’ stunning Odeon of Herodes Atticus Amphitheatre the band will be taking their spectacular 3 decade spanning set that includes music from their 2018 studio album Dionysus along with much loved classic works from their extensive catalog such as “The Host Of Seraphim,” “The Carnival Is Over,” and “Yulunga,” to theaters across the Americas.

Dead Can Dance are delighted to be joined by Blue Note Records’ acclaimed Danish artist Agnes Obel, as their very special guest on all shows from Philadelphia to Mexico City on May 14.

April 17: Philadelphia, PA: The Met Philadelphia – with Agnes Obel
April 19: Washington, DC: The Anthem – with Agnes Obel
April 21: New York City, NY: Radio City Music Hall – with Agnes Obel
April 24: Boston, MA: Boch Center – with Agnes Obel
April 26: Toronto, ON: Meridian Hall – with Agnes Obel
April 28: Detroit, MI: Masonic Temple Theatre – with Agnes Obel
April 29: Chicago, IL: The Chicago Theatre – with Agnes Obel
May 03: Seattle, WA: Paramount Theatre – with Agnes Obel
May 04: Vancouver, BC: Orpheum – with Agnes Obel
May 07: San Francisco, CA: The Masonic – with Agnes Obel
May 09: Los Angeles, CA: Greek Theatre – with Agnes Obel
May 11: San Diego, CA: San Diego Civic Theatre – with Agnes Obel
May 14: Mexico City, MX: Auditorio Nacional – with Agnes Obel
May 16: Guadalajara, MX: Teatro Diana
May 19: Bogota, CO: Teatro Jorge Eliecer Gaitan
May 21: Lima, PE: TBD
May 24: Santiago, CL: Teatro Municipal de Santiago

Dead Can Dance tour poster 2020

Dead Can Dance tour poster 2020

Legendary Mountain Drummer Corky Laing Releases First Solo Album After Decades

Corky Laing; photo Chuck-Lanza

Corky Laing; photo Chuck Lanza

Half a century after his first Mountain rehearsals, Corky Laing, the legendary drummer and songwriter, shows no signs of slowing down. On September 27, 2019, Corky released his first studio album in decades, Toledo Sessions, via Prudential Records. The excitement brought on by the new repertoire is reminiscent of the classic Mountain albums, Climbing! and Nantucket Sleighride. Toledo Sessions was written and recorded in Toledo, Ohio, with Mark Mikel and Chris Shutters. Chris is an award-winning blues guitarist and singer while Mark is a studio wizard and multi-instrumentalist who recently contributed to the newest Alan Parsons album. The album was also executive produced by renown touring/studio drummer Jason Hartless and mixed at the legendary Pearl Sound Studios in Canton, MI, by Chuck Alkazian as well as Jason Hartless.

“With the support of Prudential Music Group, I was able to make a record of a lifetime. The old-school approach chosen felt fresh and new, because the magic of music never gets old. Recording and mixing in analog made this repertoire feel natural and genuine. You can touch and feel the sound. Who would have ever dreamed that at this point in my life I would have the opportunity to create, collaborate on, and record such a diverse piece of repertoire and have it available on vinyl?

Toledo Sessions vinyl packaging

Toledo Sessions vinyl packaging

“After fifty years at the heart of the music industry, it is nothing short of a miracle that as a result of playing and recording with the brilliance of my band, I feel as enthusiastic about The Toledo Sessions as I did about Mountain’s Climbing! and Nantucket Sleighride almost half a century ago. I have been very lucky in my career to work with many of the greats. I must say that Mark Mikel and Chris Shutters are two of the most creative and talented musicians I have ever had the privilege and honor to perform and record with. This particular repertoire feels & sounds like a place I’ve always dreamed of visiting. After 50 years of recording, I feel like I have finally arrived,” says Corky Laing.

Renown Touring/Studio Drummer and Managing Partner of Prudential Music Group, Jason Hartless states, “After Corky being my drum mentor when I was starting my career off, it is a real full circle moment for me to be executive producer on this project. As a long time Mountain fan, I was really blown away when I heard the first rough mixes and knew this record needed to be heard by all classic rock fans.”

Toledo Sessions is available on CD and Limited-Edition Orange Vinyl at the following locations:
Link to Rouge Records for the CD and Vinyl

Devon Allman Launches Create Records With Jackson Stokes Debut

Jackson Stokes

Jackson Stokes

Devon Allman has announced the official launch of Create Records, with first signed artist, Jackson Stokes. Stokes will release his self-titled debut record on October 25th. Shortly thereafter Stokes will join The Allman Betts Band on tour as official support. Today, Stokes has released a teaser of his first track from the forthcoming album “Time is Now” – which will officially be released this coming Friday, Sept 27.

For guitarist and singer-songwriter Jackson Stokes, great musicians make great neighbors. Even as a youth weaned on classic rock- his first concert was Lynyrd Skynyrd- Stokes was unaware that living across the street from his St. Louis home was guitarist and singer-songwriter Devon Allman. Allman’s family tree is impressive as the son of Gregg Allman and nephew of Duane Allman of Allman Brothers Band fame. Yet, Stokes knew little of the legendary group. Encouraged by his father, and holding his guitar, the 11-year-old Stokes knocked on Allman’s door.

Allman, two decades his elder, heard something special in the young Stokes and encouraged him to continue learning and growing as a musician. Stokes dutifully attended Allman’s Honeytribe rehearsals, sitting quietly in the corner while the group worked up its repertoire. At 14, Stokes had developed into a prodigious firebrand with a passion for the blues, teaming with another area wunderkind, Marquise Knox, and performing his first professional gigs.

By 18, his experience playing in high school garage bands, and with an All-State school jazz band, expanded his rock-and-roll palette. He attended Drury University in Springfield, earning a degree in music therapy, while maintaining a friendship with Allman, who encouraged Stokes to further sharpen his songwriting skill. In Memphis in 2012, Allman produced a five-song EP, Witness, from the Stokes-led band, Delta Sol Revival.

DSR toured regionally until 2016 when Stokes and Allman began discussing recording his solo debut. The pair returned to Memphis for the initial sessions, as Allman invited Stokes to join the Devon Allman Band for 2017, and subsequently the Devon Allman Project for a world tour in 2018. On days-off from the road, Stokes continued work on his album, organically building the full-length.

In May of 2019, Stokes put the finishing touches on a striking inaugural effort. Produced by Allman, it is a lean and focused set of rock-and-soul, including an ambitious Talking Heads cover, and a depth of original material ranging in style and subjects. From the Memphis stroll of the opening “Can’t Getcha Out,” through the reflective acoustic closer, “Take Me Home,” the debut encompasses Stokes’ wide swath of influences and tastes. There’s the ‘60s R&B update that morphs into modern rock on “Slave,” the staggering punches of overdriven guitar on “Time is Now,” and the midnight seduction of “Contents Under Pressure.” A flourish of pleading guitars finishes the slowly climbing blues-rock centerpiece, “You and Your Partner,” while David Byrne meets Southern funky on “Life in Wartime.” As well, Stokes welcomes the sunny-days slide guitar of The Allman Betts Band’s Johnny Stachela to brighten the Southern sway of “Sins Are Forgiven,” complementing that with the chunky Saturday night blues of “Whiskey.”

Naturally, the nine-song record offers plenty of the fiery guitar that has been the calling card of Stokes’ career for this first decade, showcasing the stellar reputation he’s earned sharing the stage with such icons as Robert Cray, The Wailers, and Robert Randolph, as well as Warren Haynes, Lukas Nelson, and Marcus King. Yet, it’s a conspicuous emphasis on Stokes’ escalating songcraft that also shines as brightly on this initial release.

“I really do enjoy playing guitar, but I also love songwriting. I love the whole process,” says Stokes. “I think this album is very representative of a natural maturation, of how I’ve been viewing things on my journey. And, hopefully, it’s a journey that’s just beginning.”

Jackson Stokes on Tour
September 26 St. Louis, MO @ BBS Jazz Blues and Soups
September 28 Springfield, MO @ DO GOOD Festival
October 5 Makanda, IL @ Blue Sky Winery
October 9 Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
October 10 Omaha, NE @ Harney Street Tavern
Oct 31 Augusta, GA @ The Miller Theater*
Nov 1 Auburn, AL @ Woltosz Theatre*
Nov 2 Tybee Island, GA @ Tybee Post Theater*
Nov 3 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre*
Nov 4 Frankfort, KY @ Grand Theatre*
Nov 6 Morgantown, WV @ Metropolitan Theatre*
Nov 7 Blacksburg, VA @ Lyric Theatre*
Nov 8 Richmond, VA @ The National*
Nov 9 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theatre*
Nov 10 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount*
December 13 Fremont, NE @ The Corner Bar
Feb 5 St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theater*
Feb 6 Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live*
Feb 7 Fort Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre*
Feb 13 Albany, NY @ Skyloft Music*
Feb 14 Salisbury, MA @ Blue Ocean Music Hall*
Feb 16 Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music hall*
*Supporting The Allman Betts Band

John 5 And The Creatures Confirm 2020 Tour With Queensryche

John 5; photo Reuben Martinez

John 5; photo Reuben Martinez

Guitar wizard John 5, who spent the better part of 2019 performing in front of sold-out audiences, will kick off 2020 with yet another tour, this time taking John 5 and the Creatures on The Verdict Tour alongside Queensryche.

The Verdict Tour dates

The Verdict Tour dates

During the tour, which also features support from Eve to Adam, John 5 will also perform select headline dates. The tour kicks off on January 17 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. John 5 has toured steadily for much of 2019, beginning with John 5 and the Creatures on the first leg of the Invasion Tour, supporting the recently released Invasion album.

John 5 then embarked on the Twins of Evil tour with his main gig as guitarist in Rob Zombie’s band. Next up is the second leg of the North American Invasion Tour this fall, followed by a trip to Australia for more headline dates with John 5 and The Creatures.

Invasion Tour 2020 dates

Invasion Tour 2020 dates

“This is definitely going to be a tour to remember,” says John 5. “I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there. Don’t miss it!”

Invasion has received rave reviews all around. Fans were able to get a taste of the album throughout the first half of this year via a series of videos released each month. John 5 kicked off 2019 with the debut video clip from Invasion, the campy animated “Zoinks!”, followed by three equally eccentric videos for “Midnight Mass,” “I Am John 5” and “Crank It – Living with Ghosts.” Then, a new video for the track “I Want It All” was unveiled along with the release of the album last week.

Invasion was produced and mixed by Barry Pointer (Richie Sambora, Joe Perry, Steve Vai, Jackson Browne).

John 5 and The Creatures tour dates:
w/Jared James Nichols and Reverend Jack
10/30 – Music Factory @ Battle Creek, MI
10/31 – Cleveland, OH @ The Winchester
11/1 – Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
11/2 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/3 – Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center
11/5 – Kansasville, WI @ 1175
11/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
11/7 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s
11/8 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
11/9 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
11/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/12 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
11/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Old Bar
11/15 – New Orleans, LA @ The Parish at the House of Blues
11/16 – Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall
11/17 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
11/20 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
11/21 – Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head on Stage
11/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/23 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
11/24 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
1/17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
1/18 – Tampa, FL @ Jannus Live
1/19 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
1/22 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
1/23 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
1/24 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
1/25 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
1/26 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s***
1/27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad***
1/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
1/29 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box
1/30 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
1/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
2/1 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
2/3 – Redding, CA @ The Dip***
2/4 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
2/5 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
2/7 – Denver, CO @ Ogden
2/8 – Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
2/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall***
2/12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe
2/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre
2/15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland
2/16 – Boston, MA @ Big Night
2/18 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance***
2/19 – Glenside, PA @ at Keswick
2/21 – North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
2/25 – Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center
2/27 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
*** John 5 headline show – No Queensryche

About John 5:
John 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing sessions with Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.

Slash has called John 5, “One of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “A fucking shredder”. John 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Motley Crue, Steve Perry, Ricky Martin and others.

John 5 and The Creatures is:
John 5 – guitars
Ian Ross – bass
Logan Miles Nix – drums