Capital-O obscene country singer Wheeler Walker Jr. is kicking off a new tour in support of his upcoming second album Ol' Wheeler. Named after the LP, the Ol' Wheeler Tour launches July 12th in Atlanta. The new dates are in addition to Walker's mini DTF Tour, a three-city trek in early June that hits Nashville, New York and Los Angeles.
The singer, comedian and now podcast host – he recently debuted The Wheeler Walker Jr. Podcast with first guests Chris Stapleton and Morgane Stapleton – turned heads and elicited spit takes last year with the release of his first album Redneck Shit. Like that LP, Ol' Wheeler is a collection of irreverent, often graphic, country songs about Southern living, loving and (mostly) lusting. Produced by Dave Cobb, the album is due June 2nd.
Walker will be selling copies of Ol' Wheeler on his summer tour, which may be out of necessity. In a lengthy post on Facebook earlier this month, the artist (the alter-ego of comic Ben Hoffman) alleges that Walmart, Target and Best Buy won't be carrying the album. "I'm being rejected by these outlets simply for singing about eating butts and jacking off my friends and shoving my finger up my asshole. This is not right," Walker writes. "The President of the United States brags about grabbing women by the pussy, and I can’t be sold in a chain store simply for stating that I like a woman with a giant bush who knows her way around an asshole? This is censorship, plain and simple."
Ahead of the album, which will be carried on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play, Walker has released a string of videos, including the bait-and-switch ballad "Summers in Kentucky." (Watch it below.)
Here are Walker's upcoming tour dates:
June 2 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
June 6 - New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
June 8 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
July 12 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
July 13 - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground- Charlotte
July 14 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s Live
July 15 - Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
July 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at the Filmore
July 17 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
July 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Club at Stage AE
July 22 - Chicago, IL @ Joe’s Sports Bar
July 23 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
July 24 - Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club
July 29 - Portland, OR @ Dante’s
August 1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
August 2 - Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer
August 4 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues- Voodoo Room
August 5 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar