On Tuesday, Wheeler Walker Jr. launches his solo tour in support of his debut album Redneck Shit. The country parody artist (the alter ego of comedian Ben Hoffman) assembled a new band of pickers to help re-create originals like "Beer, Weed, Cooches," "Better Off Beatin' Off" and the title track of the record, which debuted at Number 9 on the Billboard Country Albums chart in February.
Ahead of the tour, we asked Walker to share his favorite off-color country songs. "Everybody always asks me what my favorite dirty country songs are," he tells Rolling Stone Country. "I don't know if these are all dirty or all country, but they're certainly made by artists who don't give a fuck — and that's the only artists I give a shit about."
Here's Walker's tour dates, followed by his dirty dozen songs and why he included each.
May 31 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
June 1 – Lincoln, NE @ The Bourbon Theatre
June 2 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
June 3 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
June 4 – Chicago @ Bottom Lounge
June 6 – Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Nightclub
June 16 – Dallas, TX @ Cambridge Room (House of Blues)
June 17 – New Orleans @ Parish (House of Blues)
June 18 – Houston @ Bronze Peacock (House of Blues)
June 19 – Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
June 22 – New York City @ Mercury Lounge
June 23 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
June 25 – Philadelphia @ The Foundry (The Fillmore)
June 26 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
July 7 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
July 8 – Seattle @ Tractor Tavern
July 10 – San Francisco @ The Independent
July 11 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
July 12 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
July 13 – San Diego @ The Cashbah