The British singer/songwriter/activist returns with new music to play on a March-May run through the U.S. and Canada. With shows on both coasts the journey begins with a performance slated for Austin’s South By Southwest.
Billy Bragg’s first album in five years – Tooth & Nail – drops March 19 via Cooking Vinyl. Although the album’s release comes after Bragg’s SXSW appearance, Tooth &Nail arrives just before he gets into the serious night-after-night part of his spring travels.
Using a studio approach that he hasn’t partaken in since his 1983 debut Life’s A Riot With Spy Vs. Spy, Bragg went into producer Joe Henry’s basement studio and cranked out Tooth & Nail in five days. Without any overdubs, the album features Bragg playing live with a group of musicians that include keyboardist Patrick Warren who has worked with Lana Del Rey, Bon Iver’s Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar, Jay Bellerose (Regina Spektor) on drums and David Piltch known for his upright bass playing with Ramblin’ Jack Elliot.
March 14-16 – Austin, Texas, SXSW (actual date not announced)
March 23 – Englewood, Colo., Gothic Theatre
March 24 – Albuquerque, N.M., KiMo Theatre
March 26 – Phoenix, Ariz.,The Crescent Ballroom
March 28 – Los Angeles, Calif., El Rey Theatre
March 29 – San Francisco, Calif., Great American Music Hall
March 30 – Petaluma, Calif., McNears Mystic Theatre
April 2 – Portland, Ore., Aladdin Theater
April 3 – Seattle, Wash., The Neptune
April 4 – Victoria, British Columbia, Alix Goolden Performance Hall
April 5 – Vancouver, British Columbia, The Vogue Theatre
April 6 – Nelson, British Columbia, Royal Bar & Grill
April 8 – Calgary, Alberta, MacEwan Conference And Event Centre
April 9 – Regina, Saskatchewan, Orr Centre
April 10 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Garrick Centre
April 12 – Chicago, Ill., City Winery Chicago
April 13 – Chicago, Ill., City Winery Chicago
April 15 – Iowa City, Iowa, The Englert Theatre
April 17 – Nashville, Tenn., The Belcourt Theatre
April 19 – Carrboro, N.C., Cat's Cradle
April 20 – Glenside, Pa., Keswick Theatre
April 21 – Morgantown, W.Va., Creative Arts Center
April 22 – Annapolis, Md., Rams Head On Stage
April 25 – Alexandria, Va., Birchmere
April 26 – Ithaca, N.Y., State Theatre
April 27 – New York, N.Y., Town Hall
April 28 – Boston, Mass., Berklee Performance Center
April 30 – Newport, Ky., The Southgate House Revival
May 1 – Ann Arbor, Mich., The Ark
Some shows are already on sale. Head on over to Billy Bragg’s website for more information.