Young traditionalist Luke Bell has announced a series of summer tour dates that will support his recent self-titled debut album. The trek will get underway with a July 9th show in Bell's home state of Wyoming and largely keep him out west (including several dates with Hayes Carll) until AmericanaFest hits Nashville in September.
Released on June 17th, Luke Bell showcases the singer-songwriter's affinity for dusty honky-tonk tunes and the western-influenced ballads. The album was produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) and its first single "Where Ya Been" premiered on Beats 1 radio.
A former ranch hand who knows a thing or two about being a cowboy, Bell says he has diverse taste but focuses on country music because it's all about simplicity.
"I grew up on all kinds of music, just like everybody else. I loved Nirvana," he tells Rolling Stone Country. "I loved punk rock. But I'm very drawn to the simplicity and timelessness of honky-tonk music. A lot of different music is about examining the human condition, but with honky-tonk, you get to have a sense of humor in the delivery. You can laugh at yourself."
Here are Luke Bell's tour dates:
July 9 - Meeteetse, WY @ Pitch Fork Ranch
July 20 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (with Hayes Carll)
July 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (with Hayes Carll)
July 30 - Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge (with Hayes Carll)
Aug. 2 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room (with Hayes Carll)
Aug. 3 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater (with Hayes Carll)
Aug. 11 - Kansas City, MO @ KC Live! (with Dwight Yoakam)
Aug. 12 - Sandpoint, ID @ Memorial Field
Aug. 26 - Davenport, IA @ LeClaire Park
Sept. 20-25 - Nashville, TN @ AmericanaFest