Wow, Steve Miller is sure in workaholic mode! Hot on the heels of last year’s excellent Bingo! (read my review here) comes Let Your Hair Down. Take it away, press release!
LET YOUR HAIR DOWN, NEW ALBUM FROM THE STEVE MILLER BAND
SET FOR RELEASE ON APRIL 19
ALBUM RELEASE TO KICK OFF WITH TOUR BEGINNING APRIL 19
FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST GREGG ALLMAN
STEVE MILLER BAND TO CELEBRATE OPENING OF
NEW AUSTIN CITY LIMITS VENUE AT THE MOODY THEATER
WITH A SPECIAL GALA CONCERT BENEFITING KRLU FEBRUARY 24
AND NEW SEASON’S INAUGURAL TV PERFORMANCE ON FEBRUARY 26
Following the success of last year’s number one blues album, BINGO!, which was recently nominated as ‘Blues Rock Album of the Year’ by the Blues Foundation, The Steve Miller Band return with yet another new offering, Let Your Hair Down, which lands in stores April 19 on Miller’s Space Cowboy Records in partnership with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. The band will kick off the album release with a Spring tour beginning April 19 featuring special guest Gregg Allman. Prior to the album release and tour, The Steve Miller Band will celebrate the opening of the new Austin City Limits venue at The Moody Theater with a sold out gala concert event to benefit KRLU-TV, Austin PBS, on February 24, followed by the inaugural live taping on February 26.
Let Your Hair Down features the last recordings by harmonica virtuoso Norton Buffalo, Miller’s “partner in harmony” for thirty-three years. Noted Pink Floyd album cover artist Storm Thorgerson, who also did the wonderfully whimsical cover to BINGO! returns to Let Your Hair Down with one of the great album covers of his career.
Miller, whose new album shines with some of the finest guitar playing he has ever recorded, will make a special appearance with jazz guitar greats Jim Hall, Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden on February 12 in a concert celebrating the opening of the exhibit, “Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen From Italy To New York,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Three custom-made archtop guitars by luthier James D’Aquisto from Miller’s personal collection are included in the exhibit.
Prior to the release of Let Your Hair Down, The Steve Miller Band will perform material from the album at a gala concert opening the new multi-million dollar performance facility built for the long-running music TV series, “Austin City Limits,” on February 24. Two days later, the band will tape the first show of the coming season in the new theater, while the streets outside are closed off and a huge party and free concert takes place.
To launch the release of Let Your Hair Down in high style, Miller also plans a series of theater and small arena dates in mid-April through the South and East Coast with Gregg Allman, whose new solo album, Low Country Blues, is one of the best-received releases of his career, a combination that is sure to produce some rip-roaring jam sessions onstage.
The new album caps one of the busiest years of Miller’s accomplished career. In addition to the release last year of the acclaimed first new Steve Miller Band album in seventeen years (“cause for celebration,” said The Huffington Post), Miller not only led a sold out tour across the United States and Canada, but returned to Europe for the first time in more than twenty-five years for a triumphant round of dates culminating in a sold out Royal Albert Hall concert in London.
One of rock music’s all-time greats, The Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. His trademark blues-rock sound made him one of the key artists in classic rock radio. He is the Gangster of Love. Some people call him Maurice, the Midnight Toker or the Space Cowboy. And, as Let Your Hair Down so aptly demonstrates, Steve “Guitar” Miller still speaks in the pompitus of love.
STEVE MILLER BAND 2011 TOUR DATES:
DATE VENUE CITY/STATE
February 23 House of Blues Dallas, TX
February 24 Austin City Limits Gala/Moody Theater Austin, TX – sold out!
February 25 House of Blues Houston, TX
February 26 Austin City Limits/Moody Theater Austin, TX
April 16 Allman Brothers’ Wanee Music Festival Live Oak, FL
April 17 Tennessee Theater Knoxville, TN
April 19 North Charleston PAC North Charleston, SC *
April 20 Kota Booth Amphitheater Cary, NC *
April 22 LC Pavilion Columbus, OH *
April 23 Huntington Arena Toledo, OH *
April 26 Tower Theater Philadelphia, PA *
April 27 Kovalchick Complex Indiana, PA *
April 30 Musikfest Café – Arts Quest Center Bethlehem, PA
* featuring special guest Gregg Allman
Additional dates TBA
For up-to-date information, please visit: www.SteveMillerBand.com