Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Del Amitri's Justin Currie returns with new album, tour

Justin Currie, the lead singer and songwriter of Scottish pop-rock band Del Amitri, is set to release Lower Reaches on Compass Records on April 15.

The new album is the follow-up to Currie's 2010 critically acclaimed project The Great War. He wrote most of the new songs during a solitary songwriting retreat on the Isle of Skye off the coast of Scotland. Hunkered down in a remote cottage in the shadow of The Cuillins, the mountain range that dominates the Hebridean island, Currie had no internet and no mobile phone, just an acoustic guitar, a piano, and a ghetto-blaster on which to record his ideas.

"I suppose it was a bit like my Brill Building", he says. "You're being your own boss and putting yourself under pressure to write." When it came time to capture the music in the studio, Currie traveled to Austin to work with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin). 

As singer and main songwriter in Del Amitri, formed in Glasgow in 1983, Currie wrote many of their biggest hits including ‘Roll To Me’, ‘Always The Last To Know’, and ‘Nothing Ever Happens’. During their long and distinguished career, Del Amitri released four Top 10 albums, including ‘Waking Hours’ (1989), which sold over a million copies in the UK.

Tour dates:

April 21 Philadelphia, PA – Tin Angel
April 22 New York, NY – City Winery
April 24 Chicago, IL – Schubas
April 25 Evanston, IL – SPACE
April 26 Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club
April 29 Denver, CO – The Soiled Dove Underground
April 30 Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
May 2 Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall
May 3 Santa Monica, CA – McCabe’s Guitar Shop
May 4 Los Angeles, CA – Largo
May 6 Scottsdale, AZ – The Western
May 8 Dallas, TX – The Kessler Theatre
May 9 & 10 Austin, TX – Cactus CafĂ©
May 13 Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
May 14 Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
May 16 Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java 

*All tickets on-sale Friday, February 21

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