Bob Weir has unveiled details of his new solo record, Blue Mountain, set for release this fall. It's his first new solo record in a decade and the first composed of entirely new material in 30 years. Weir will also tour in support of his forthcoming album.
Recorded in 2015 at a variety of locations and co-produced by Josh Kaufman, Blue Mountain features guitarists Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, and bassist Scott Devendorf. Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter collaborated with Weir on select tracks.
Several other musicians contributed to the 12-song set, including Ray Rizzo (drums, harmonium, harmonica, backup vocals), Joe Russo (drums), Jon Shaw (upright bass, piano), Rob Burger (keyboard, accordion, tuned percussion), Sam Cohen (electric guitar and pedal steel), Nate Martinez (guitars, harmonium, backup vocals), Jay Lane (drums, vocals), Robin Sylvester (upright bass, vocals, hammond organ) and Steve Kimock (lapsteel). The Bandana Splits – comprising Annie Nero, Lauren Balthrop and Dawn Landes – sing backup on the album.
The Grateful Dead founding member has also announced an upcoming fall tour in support of the new material. Dubbed the Campfire Tour, pre-sale tickets will be available on August 9th via his website, and will go on sale to the public on August 12th. Each ticket order comes with one physical copy of Blue Mountain. The tour kicks off October 7th at Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, CA, and wraps at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on October 19th. A limited amount of "Enhanced Experiences" are available during the tour, which includes two premium tickets in the first two rows and an invitation to attend sound check.
This Saturday, Weir will participate in AmericanaFest NYC at Lincoln Center for "The Last Waltz" tribute in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Band. Weir wrapped his Dead & Company summer tour last month.
Blue Mountain Track List
1. "Only A River"
2. "Cottonwood Lullaby"
4. "Lay My Lily Down"
5. "Gallop On The Run"
6. "Whatever Happened To Rose"
7. "What The Ghost Towns Know"
8. "Darkest Hour"
9. "Ki-Yi Bossie"
10. "Storm Country"
11. "Blue Mountain"
12. "One More River To Cross"
Bob Weir Campfire Tour
October 7 – San Rafael, CA @ Marin County Civic Center
October 8 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
October 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
October 12 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
October 14-15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
October 16 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
October 19 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium