Bad Religion frontman GREG GRAFFIN will embark on a solo tour this summer to commemorate the July 11th release of his Anti- debut Cold as the Clay. Prior to respective headlining shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago on July 16, 17 and 19, GRAFFIN will appear alongside labelmates The Weakerthans for a week-long run through the Northeast.
If pairing GRAFFIN with Winnipeg’s beloved Weakerthans who served as his backing band on four of the new album’s eleven tracks for the Stateside leg of their “Impossible Distances Tour” makes good sense, it also offers uninitiated punk fans their first opportunity to experience GRAFFIN’s compelling homage to the traditional folk and folk rock of his youth in a live setting.
And for GRAFFIN, his sound shift is as logical as it is credible. “Some of the earliest reviews of my singing with Bad Religion mention the folksy’ sound of my delivery,” GREG explains. “Since then, the band has continued to record highly charged punk rock, yet most all our songs can be strummed on an acoustic guitar and sung without amplification like an old-time folk traditional.”
With that in mind, GRAFFIN acknowledges that much of his new material was inspired by a love of Gram Parsons, The Band, and Neil Young. Recorded and mixed in just seven days thanks to the production hand of Bad Religion guitarist and co-founder Brett Gurewitz, Cold as the Clay was realized with authenticity in mind.
Utilizing everything from old-time musicians performing knee-to-knee in a circle, to guest vocalist/Anti artist Jolie Holland as well as guitarist Stephen Caroll, drummer Jason Tait and bassist Greg Smith and the aforesaid Weakerthans, aficionados of American music can expect the allure of Clay to translate to GREG GRAFFIN’s live performances.
Here are GREG GRAFFIN’s solo tour dates:
July 9: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom (w/ The Weakerthans)
July 10: Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop (w/ The Weakerthans)
July 11: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (w/ The Weakerthans)
July 12: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts (w/ The Weakerthans)
July 13: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (w/ The Weakerthans)
July 14: Boston, MA @ The Paradise (w/ The Weakerthans)
July 16: Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
July 17: San Francisco, CA @ The Great American Music Hall
July 19: Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen