Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Taylor Hawkins promotes new album with ... virtual 8-track player?!

Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders will not only be commemorating the April 20 release of sophomore album Red Light Fever (Shanabelle/RCA) with a show at L.A.'s Troubadour and an April 22 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live-the band is also celebrating online, with the unveiling of the world's first digital 8-track player. Beginning today, visitors to preview excerpts of tracks from the brand new record in full vintage 8-track quality.

With stops scheduled in Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, Boston, Toronto, Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia, the Red Light Fever tour will feature Hawkins on vocals and a variety of instruments, joined by veteran Coattail Riders Chris Chaney (bass), Gannin Arnold (guitar), Nate Wood (guitar), as well as Foo Fighters touring percussionist Drew Hester. The Coattail Riders coterie will unveil the first ever live interpretations of the brand new Red Light Fever material as well as tracks from the band's eponymous 2006 debut album.

The genesis of Red Light Fever can be traced back to an early 2009 break from the Foo Fighters' grueling touring schedule that freed up time for Hawkins to begin demoing tracks for a second Coattail Riders record. However, Hawkins' providing drums and vocals on all tracks among other instruments soon became the only thing Red Light Fever would have in common with its homespun predecessor. The record snowballed into full on sessions at the Foo Fighters' state of the art 606 studio complex, with Hawkins was joined by Chaney, Arnold, Wood, and a stellar supporting cast including Elliot Easton of the Cars, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, and last but by no means least, Hawkins' bandmate Dave Grohl.

Red Light Fever could be considered a labor of love - if the sheer joy exuded in every note, influence and nuance of every song didn't make the entire affair seem so effortless. Hawkins' increasingly accomplished vocals and world renowned drumming skills recall and pay tribute to Hawkins' vast spectrum of classic rock heroes - from the vintage 70s glam stomp of "Way Down," the hard rock rave up "Not Bad Luck," a nod to Beatlesque balladry in the form of "Hell To Pay," and many more. Virtually every track evokes memories of the respective heydays of the Chinn-Chapman hit factory, The Move, Sweet, and even a little 10cc for good measure - all imbued with Hawkins' unmistakable musical personality.

See below for a complete list of confirmed dates. For further information, specific on sale info, new dates, etc., check back at:


April 20th            Los Angeles / Troubadour
April 22nd           Jimmy Kimmel Live
April 24th            Santa Barbara / Velvet Jones
April 25th            Las Vegas / Wasted Space @ the Hard Rock Hotel
May 2nd              Boston / Great Scott
May 3rd               Toronto / Horseshoe Tavern
May 4th               Baltimore / Sonar Small Room
May 6th               New York / Gramercy Theatre
May 7th               Philadelphia / The Note

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