*Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and record producer Raphael Saadiq is gearing up for an exciting Spring tour in conjunction with the release of his fifth studio album Stone Rollin’ on May 10th, 2011 (Columbia Records).
In addition, Saadiq is getting ready for a must-see TV performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, March 21st where he will be playing the album title track “Stone Rollin.”
Presenting these dates in support of his new album, the standard bearer for “old school” R&B is celebrating the classic sounds of the 60s and 70s soul with a futuristic twist on Stone Rollin’.
The new release is available for pre-order now on iTunes. Featuring ten new tracks, the album is the follow up to Saadiq’s 2008 solo album The Way I See It, which boasted four Billboard R&B chart singles and was nominated for three GRAMMY Awards including Best R&B Album. Now with this new collection, Saadiq nods to his heroes like Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Little Walter and Sly Stone, while merging his own contemporary sound, one born out of a combination of his recent touring experiences, as well as inspiration derived from indie acts that hold regular rotation in his iPod.
Opening with the stomping “Heart Attack,” the album’s other standout cuts include the stunning “Go To Hell,” featuring his studio squad of musicians who are melodically complimented by an angelic choir, the evocative Dixieland number “Day Dreams,” featuring Robert Randolph who plays steel guitar on the track, and “Just Don’t,” which includes a guest appearance from one of Saadiq’s indie rock favorites Swedish-Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano (Little Dragon). Also making an appearance on that same song is one of Saadiq’s idols Larry Dunn (Earth, Wind and Fire), who plays piano and contributes an epic Moog solo.
Official US Tour Dates Are As Follows:
March 20th Houston, TX House of Blues
March 22nd Los Angeles, CA The Music Box
April 11th Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
April 12th Vancouver, B.C. Commodore Ballroom
April 13th Seattle, WA The Showbox @ The Market
April 15th San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
April 16th Indio, CA Coachella Music and Arts Festival
May 10th New York, NY Webster Hall
More dates to be announced soon!
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