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Chuck Mead plans tour

Thursday, April 16, 2009 – Chuck Mead, the former BR549 member, who will release his solo debut "Journeyman's Wager" on May 12, will launch a tour in June supporting the release.
"Journeyman's Wager" was produced by Grammy award winning producer Ray Kennedy and combines country, pop, pub rock and honky tonk. "What sets Chuck apart from so many artists is that he's a genuine hard-working, blue-collar performer. I hate the word 'old-school,' but we didn't want this album to sound like a lot of modern records where everything is over-tweaked and perfect. We knew we had to make it intimate and real," said Kennedy.

Mead recorded with Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart), Audley Freed (The Black Crowes), Mark Miller (BR549), Mark Horn (The Derailers), Dave Roe (Johnny Cash), Mike Henderson (The SteelDrivers), Pat Sivers (The Everly Brothers) and Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks).

Since leaving BR549, Mead founded the touring collective The Hillbilly All-Stars featuring members of The Mavericks, co-produced tribute albums to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings and became a staff writer at one of Nashville's top song publishers. In 2007, he was named musical director of "Million Dollar Quartet," the new stage musical based on the night in 1956 that Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley came together for an impromptu jam session. "It's been incredibly liberating to do all these things I've never done before," he said. "But most of all, I wanted to call my own shots and make a record that mattered." Mead will sit in with the Million Dollar Quartet band on his tour stop to Chicago on June 18.

Mead will kick off a 25-date tour on the West coast on May 1. The touring band will consist of Miller, Martin Lynds (Marah) and Carco Clave (Asleep at the Wheel, Tex Ritter). Additional dates will continue to be added through the summer.

Tour dates are:
May 1: Alterknit Lounge Spokane, WA
May 2: Snoqualmie Ballroom Snoqualmie, WA
May 3: Roseland Ballroom Portland, OR
May 6: Palms Theater/Sacto Winters, CA
May 7: Powerhouse Pub Folsom, CA
May 8: The Ranch San Miguel, CA
May 10: Don Quixote Hall Felton, CA
May 12: Crystal Palace Bakersfield, CA
May 13: The Mint Los Angeles, CA
May 14: Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown, CA
May 19: The Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
May 22: Daniels Hall Denver, CO
May 23: Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
May 26: Proud Larry's Oxford, MS
May 27: Hi-Tone Cafe Memphis, TN
May 29: The 5 Spot Nashville, TN
May 30: The Basement. Nashville, TN
June 14-16: Oneida Casino Green Bay, WI
June 17: Schuba's Chicago, IL
June 19: The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
June 20: Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
June 23: Lee's Minneapolis, MN
June 26: Southgate House Newport, KY
Aug. 9: Musikfest Bethlehem, PA
Aug. 29: Minneapolis State Fair St. Paul, MN
Sept. 4: Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA
Sept. 6: Strawberry, Fest. Camp Mather, CA
June 17, 20 and 23 with James Intveld

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Close to Home CD review - Close to Home
Honky tonker Chuck Mead, former leader of the neo-traditionalists BR-549, steps out once again for his fourth solo effort, this one recorded in Memphis under acclaimed and current "go-to" roots producer/engineer Matt Ross-Spang. "Close to Home" was recorded at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Studios and marries country with vintage rock n' roll. Of course, Mead's been doing that for the better part of 25 years, but this one has that Sun Records Memphis flavor, »»»
Free State Serenade CD review - Free State Serenade
Chuck Mead, best known for his successful start with BR549, takes us back to his home state of Kansas for a vivid look at what formed his mind and imagination as he grew up here. "Free State Serenade" opens the eyes of the listener to a wild eventful ride of good, bad, mixed in with some sad and downright crazy. Mead rips through 12 songs here, mixing up his rockabilly, "A Short Goodbye" telling the story about leaving home to head out on his own, the western swing of »»»
Back at the Quonset Hut CD review - Back at the Quonset Hut
Former BR549 member Chuck Mead's latest collection of country classics was recorded at the Quonset Hut, the legendary Nashville studio founded by Owen Bradley. Mead is at his best on up-tempo tracks such as Johnny Horton's Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor , Del Reeves' Girl On The Billboard and Hank Williams' Settin' The Woods On Fire. Mead's rockabilly influence is on display with nicely done covers of Carl Perkins' Cat Clothes and Gene Vincent's Be Bop A Lula. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Evans brings the cheer – What's a country song without drinking? Morgan Evans seems to have gotten the missive loud and clear as a good chunk of his songs incorporate libations into the mix. And when the Australian-bred singer isn't confronting drinking, he's dealing with matters of the heart, but in keeping with the positive attitude he purveyed, love is most... »»»
Concert Review: Lambert smiles, dances the night away – Miranda Lambert didn't perform "Tin Man," one of her best, but also one of her saddest songs during this Wildcard tour stop. It's a song sung from the perspective of one who is sad that she has a heart that can be broken. That's not the current condition of Lambert's heart, though. She's apparently in a good... »»»
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