Ha Ha Tonka, after a somewhat quiet summer, are hitting the road with vengeance. They will be on the road pretty much the rest of the year supporting their "wow" new record Death of A Decade. So, if you are east of the Rockies, you will have LOTS of opportunities to see the boys and have yerself a fun night on the town. HERE'S the schedule
In anticipation of the tour, they sent us THIS video today as a way of announcing it. It kind of frightened/amused us, but it is definitive evidence that they've had too much time on their hands. Please help them.
Pick up a copy of HHT's latest Death of a Decade, and be entered to win a pair of tickets for a show in a town near you:
GOOD RECORDS- Dallas, TX (9/17 @ LaGrange)
LANDLOCKED MUSIC- Bloomington, IN (9/27 @ The Bishop)
CULTURE CLASH- Toledo, OH (9/30 @ Frankie's)
RECORD ARCHIVE- Rochester, NY (10/1 @ Water St. Music Hall- Also giving away a vinyl prize pack)
Enter to win a pair of tickets and a vinyl prize pack at ZZZ Records in Des Moines (no purchase necessary) (9/21 at Vaudeville Mews)
The album is also for sale through September.
The first video from Justin's recent Harlem River Blues album was premiered exclusively on Paste Magazine today. Slippin' and Slidin' was shot and directed by Joshua Black Wilkins and provides an imtimate look at JTE's adopted NYC hometown.
Also, Justin announced the rest of his summer tour plans, so mark your calendars. Includes stops at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, the Vancouver Folk Festival, a UK tour, Newport Folk Festival and many more. Whew. Just typing all that makes me tired, imagine how HE feels, so support the hard workin' dude, ok?
It's with both dismay and hopefulness that we pass along this news from Wayne's management:
With the support of his family, friends, club owners and label, Wayne Hancock has canceled his 2011 July and August tour dates to enter a comprehensive residential rehabilitation program.
Wayne is currently in a short-term rehab program and following his two Texas shows next week and a performance at the Rockabilly Rave in the U.K. on June 16, he will then enter an extended-term recovery facility to address his longtime fight with addiction.
We would like to extend our appreciation for your understanding, especially to those who had tickets to the cancelled shows. Wayne will do his best to return to your area in the near future.
Canceled tour dates:
7/9 Houston, TX at Armadillo Palace
7/20 Salt Lake City, UT at The Garage
7/21 Ketchum, ID at Whiskey Jacques
7/22 Virginia City, MT at Wells Fargo Coffee House
7/23 Yellowstone, MT at West Yellowstone City Park
7/29 Minneapolis, MN at Lee’s Liquor Lounge
7/30 Des Moines, IA at Gas Lamp
8/2 Columbia, MO
8/3 Kansas City, MO at Knucklehead’s
Let's all pull for the Train and hope to see him out on the road once again where he belongs---Bloodshot
Due to health concerns, Exene unfortunately will not be able to continue her tour. All dates from April 4th thru the 18th.
Here is a statement from her:
"as you probably know by now, i was diagnosed with ms. i have been doing relatively well. i thought i could handle sxsw in austin, and a short solo tour. however, i got sick in austin during sx, it is a hard event even under the best of circumstances. it didn't seem that hot to me, but heat is very bad for those of us with ms. i started feeling bad almost as soon as i started playing on wednesday and by sunday night, i had a terrible headache and couldn't get out of bed. i didn't feel any better by wednesday so i called my neurologist and got a prescription for steroids. i started to improve a little and thought i'd be okay to start my southwest southeast tour on the following friday. in retrospect, i should have called off the tour then and there. but i didn't want to cancel. kevin seconds, who was on the tour with me, met me in austin, and we played our first show. but i wasn't getting better in knoxville tn, a week later, i was fatigued and having a hard time functioning. when i took the stage that night, i was surprised to discover that my right hand and arm were not responding to my commands, and i couldn't play guitar. i apologized to the audience, talked alot, and sang acapella. because i had driven ten hours from new orleans, i hoped it was just fatigue from gripping the steering wheel so long. but i knew the tour was over. the next morning, after i called my booking agent and gave her the news, i sat down with kevin seconds and explained to him that i was too sick to continue, and would only be going as far as memphis. i apologized. my friend flew into memphis and drove me home, where i am now. i wouldn't have made it as far as i did without the help of my friends and the kindness of fans strangers along the way. i am not an invincible road warrior anymore. the easiest part of touring is the hour on stage. the driving and staying with friends and finding hotels and advancing the shows and hauling around merch and guitars is the hard part. i've never cancelled a tour before but it is more important for me to regain my health than continue. i never know when my ms will strike, and this was certainly bad timing for an attack. my apologies to the clubs, the fans, my label, and mr. seconds for this unfortunate event"
Here's a couple of announcements from one of our favorite commercial stations in the world, our own WXRT:
Elvis Costello with Alejandro Escovedo:
Performing a career-spanning, once in a lifetime one-man show, Elvis Costello is coming to the historic Chicago Theatre for The XRT/Bud Light BIG Holiday Concert December 20, with special guest Alejandro Escovedo. Tickets go on sale to the public 10am Monday 11/22 thru Ticketmaster and The Chicago Theatre box office.
Justin Townes Earle at the Metro
Justin Townes Earle is playing an XRT Show at Metro on February 10th! Tickets are onsale Friday at 10am but VIPs can use their points to win a pair of freebies.
You have been warned.
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE CONFIRMS TOUR DATES
LOOKS FORWARD TO GETTING BACK TO WORK
IN SUPPORT OF ACCLAIMED HARLEM RIVER BLUES
“…music that defies generation and genre.”—NPR’s All Things Considered
After spending the last several weeks in a residential treatment program, Justin Townes Earle is planning his return to work in support of Harlem River Blues. Following the completion of his voluntary treatment for addiction issues, Earle will resume his nationwide tour at the end of November. Marking his highest chart position to date, Harlem River Blues debuted at #47 on the Top 200 in overall Soundscan and continues to receive widespread critical praise.
Go HERE for a list of confirmed dates
Additional rescheduled fall tour dates will be announced shortly.