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Now Available via Concord Records

Four-time GRAMMY Award-winner Keb’ Mo’s first-ever holiday album, Moonlight, Mistletoe & You,has reached the #1 position on Billboard’s Blues Chart, following its debut at #7 on the Seasonal Chart and #19 on the Americana/Folk Albums Chart.

 AllMusic raves, Moonlight, Mistletoe & You “winds up as a cozy listen, all due to Keb’ Mo’s emphasis on sweetness and good humor. The entire album is a celebration.” Since becoming available via Concord Records on Oct. 18, the new release has received recognition from critics and fans alike and can be heard here:

Taking over a decade to compile, the 10-track album was produced by Keb’ himself and recorded by Zach Allen at Stu Stu Studio in Franklin, TN. The seasoned musician offers up a melting pot of holiday tunes with six newly penned songs and four covers that seamlessly marry holiday standards with tongue-in-cheek humor and orchestral ballads.

Oklahoma continues its run on the Billboard Blues Chart, and in its 19? consecutive week of appearing on the chart, the release is positioned at #12. Keb’ will embark on the 

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Foreseen – “Infiltrator”

These days, a whole lot of really great bands have been exploring the sound of late-’80s crossover thrash — the moment where the hardcore and metal undergrounds sort of put their heads down, charged at each other, and briefly fused into one concussed whole. Power Trip, Red Death, Dead Heat, Enforced, Take Offense — they’re all making some version of crossover thrash, and they all absolutely whup ass. Let’s now take a moment to add the Finnish band Foreseen to that list.

Foreseen come from Helsinki, and they specialize in an especially frantic and lo-fi take on that old careening-knucklehead sound. They’ve been putting out music since 2010, and they’ve got two albums to their name, 2015’s Helsinki Savagery and 2017’s Grave Danger. Next month, they’ll release a 7? with two new songs, “Infiltrator” and “Wide Awake Nightmare.”

Foreseen have shared “Infiltrator,” and it’s a wild, feral sprint with a few triumphant guitar-solo moments and a couple of deeply satisfying gang-chant eruptions. Clicking through the band’s previously unknown-to-me records, “Infiltrator” is actually relatively slow, to the extent that clicking play does not make me feel like I’m having a heart attack. Still, “Infiltrator” makes me want to throw my desk chair through my office window. It rips real hard. You can listen to it below, via No Echo.

The “Infiltrator” b/w “Wide Awake Nightmare” 7? is out 11/15, and you can get it at Bandcamp.

Horror Movies With Rocker Cameos

It’s that time of year again, with Halloween on the horizon, there are decorations, costumes, jack-o-lanterns, and all the individually wrapped candy you can handle.

It is also a great time to catch up on some of the newer horror movies or revisit some of the classics. We thought we could help you decide which films to put on your watch list by listing three horror movie cameos done by some familiar faces.

Chris Isaak – Silence of the Lambs

The 1991 horror film Silence of the Lambs has become a staple in the genre. We follow our hero Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster, as she attempts to capture the serial killer known as “Buffalo Bill”.

In doing so she enlists the help of Hannibal Lector, an extremely bright psychiatrist imprisoned for serial murder and cannibalism. Anthony Hopkins puts on a terrifying performance as Lector and steals the show.

That is, until a particular elevator scene.

It’s a high tension scene, with SWAT officers all over the place. There’s a close up, and… wait, is that Chris Isaak? He plays one of the SWAT members and has a few lines of dialogue. He gets a decent amount of screen time during the scene, and his acting is actually pretty good.

If you’re looking for a classic horror movie to put on your list this season, this should be near the top.

Alice Cooper – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare

Freddy Kreuger and the Nightmare on Elmstreet series are classics in the slasher genre of horror films. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare was the sixth installment in the series, released in 1991.

This movie is actually full of cameos including the likes of Roseanne Barr and Johnny Depp. The cameo we’re focused on is one by the one and only Alice Cooper.

During the film we learn about Freddy’s past, and in one of the dream sequences we’re shown a young Freddy physically beaten by his foster father, played by Cooper. He’s not the greatest actor here, and if you’re aware of who Alice Cooper is it’s very clear this is ‘Alice Cooper playing a character’ as opposed to a ‘great character played by Alice Cooper’.

Still, if you’re into Nightmare on Elmstreet this is worth a watch – it’s a fun way to kill an evening and watch some of your favourite stars join in on the fun.

David Bowie – The Hunger

A lesser known film, The Hunger is an artful horror movie about a vampiric love triangle. Released in 1983, it received mixed reviews when it was originally released but has become a cult classic due to the atmosphere, goth elements, and of course, David Bowie.

David plays one of the vampires – John, a talented cellist from 18th century France. When asked about what he thought about the film, he stated: “I must say, there’s nothing that looks like it on the market. But I’m a bit worried that it’s just perversely bloody at some points”.

Check this one out if you’re in the mood for something a little different this Halloween.

What’s your favourite halloween movie? Any cameos?

Taylor Swift Discusses Me Too, Her Favorite Lyricists in New Beats 1 Interview

In her latest interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, Taylor Swift spoke openly about her experience with being slut-shamed early in her career, and praised movements like Me Too for helping to turn the tide.

“I was 23 and people were… making slideshows of my dating life and putting people in there that I’d sat next to at a party once and deciding that my songwriting was a trick rather than a skill and a craft,” she said. “It’s a way to take a woman who’s doing her job and succeeding at doing her job… [and] completely minimize that skill by [slut-shaming her]. And that happened to me at a very young age, so that was a bit hard. That was one of the first times I was like, ‘Wow, this is not fair.’”

She went on to say that watching other young women in the industry go through what she went through puts her “in a real sad place.”

“When I was the youngest, it was hard because I didn’t understand why nobody was saying that this was wrong,” she said. “Thank God we’ve had Me Too movements and moments where we’re looking at ourselves as a society and we’re looking at internalized misogyny. We’re looking at the way we treat critiquing women’s bodies. We have amazing women out there like Jameela Jamil saying, ‘I’m not trying to spread body positivity. I’m trying to spread body neutrality where I can sit here and not think about what my body is looking like.’”

Elsewhere in the interview, Swift said her favorite lyricists are Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and Lana Del Rey. She also took time to praise Phoebe Waller-Bridge for her hosting stint on Saturday Night Live (Swift was the musical guest for her episode), and gave kudos to artists like Halsey and Selena Gomez.

Intrepid Artists International Celebrates 25 Years

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Announcing the Intrepid Artists 25th Anniversary Party: “A Rock n’ Roll, Soul, & Blues Revival…The Sequel”

Intrepid Artists Int’l will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary at The new Amos’ Southend on November 8th and the Neighborhood Theatre on November 9th in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Confirmed artists appearing include Kenny Neal, Eric Gales, Davy Knowles, John Nemeth, Toronzo Cannon, Gary Hoey, Albert Castiglia, Vanessa Collier, Mr. Sipp, The Steepwater Band, Empire Strikes Brass, plus a little thing they call “Intrepid Does The Stones.”

Intrepid Artists International was founded in Dec of 1994 by current owner and President of the company, Rick Booth. Their office is located in beautiful midtown Charlotte, NC across from The Greenway and overlooking the uptown skyline. Intrepid has always chosen to remain a boutique agency with emphasis on “Quality” NOT “Quantity.” For more than two decades, they have represented some of the very finest musicians in the world and have become known throughout the industry as an agency that can be counted on for not only delivering great music but also for their honesty, integrity, service and reliability. With a full staff of knowledgeable agents, Intrepid and its agents have been recognized by The Blues Foundation on a record three separate occasions for being the Best Agency in the business. Blues Wax Magazine has recognized Intrepid as The Best in the Business as well and the city of Charlotte’s Mayor’s office has also recognized Intrepid for representing the city well in the music industry. American Blues Scene writes, “ Intrepid Artists may have more class than any other agency and in the meantime provides some of the best music being made to a worldwide audience.”

Intrepid’s staff has a combined 76 plus years experience at Intrepid alone and a total of 80 years of professional experience in the music industry They pride themselves on having a very diverse roster, representing a wide range of music that includes, Blues, Blues/Rock, Funk, Soul, Jam, Roots Rock, and Zydeco music. As many of you know, since Intrepid was in its early stages they have always had the finest stable of “Blues Rockin’ Guitar Slingers” in the business that now includes Eric Gales, Ana Popovic, Davy Knowles, Popa Chubby, Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia, Gary Hoey, Jimmy Thackery and Anthony Gomes just to name a few.

They also represent some of the finest contemporary blues artists in the business including Kenny Neal, The Proven Ones, Sugaray Rayford, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Mr Sipp, Mike Zito’s BIG Blues Band, Curtis Salgado, John Nemeth, Selwyn Birchwood, Toronzo Cannon, Blues Beatles, John Mooney, and The Phantom Blues Band.

If you like “real” old school soul, look no further than Curtis Salgado and John Nemeth & The Blue Dreamers.

Carolyn Wonderland, Ana Popovic, Vanessa Collier, Nikki Hill and Heather Gillis are the cream of the crop when it comes to females in the roots rock & blues music world! THE TOP OF THE HEAP!

If you are looking for more roots rock, Brass, pop and funk, then look no further than Honey Island Swamp Band, Polyrhythmics, The Empire Strikes Brass, The Steepwater Band, The Mantras, Mother’s Finest, and Simplified.

Booth was born and raised in Charlotte, where his love for music started at a very young age, when his Godmother gave him a copy of Elton John’s Greatest Hits for his 10th birthday. From that point on, he could not get enough. In high school, it was not unusual at all to find Rick out sneaking in to bars and music venues to try to get his live music fix. Classic Rock and Blues Based Southern Guitar Rock were his thing!

He continued his love for live music in college. Rick graduated from Wofford College with a degree in Sociology in 1987. While attending Wofford, he served as Social Chairman of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon for 2 plus years and began his personal work with bands and booking bands for different social events and his fraternity. His friends always joked with him and told him one day he would be a music agent, but that was not really in the cards. At least not yet.

After graduating from Wofford, Rick went home to Charlotte and worked as a manager in the family hardware business for almost 3 years. Rick credits many of his managerial skills to his Dad who ran the family business for 35 plus years. Rick says, “He taught me the right way and wrong way to treat people. Having a degree in Sociology didn’t hurt either.” Recognizing how to deal with people sure does help out when dealing with all the personalities in the music business. “I am a people person. I believe in treating people the way I would like to be treated, You know, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ Karma’s a bitch and what comes around goes around. Believe me, I see it all the time in this line of work.”

By 1990, it was time for a career change and time to move on from the family hardware business. Rick took a job working for a regional music agency, Hit Attractions, booking mainly cover bands and college bands. But weary of its business practices, he decided to leave after only about 4 months on the job. Shortly after that Rick accepted a job working for Piedmont Talent, an upstart blues agency at the time that booked all original blues bands and some Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco Bands as well. After 4 plus years at Piedmont, Rick felt it was a great time to go out on his own and bring his own spin to the music industry.

Intrepid Artists Int’l was officially open for business Dec 19, 1994. Since that time, Intrepid has far exceeded his original highest expectations. Intrepid or one of its agents has been the recipient of the prestigious Keeping The Blues Alive Award a record 3 times, in 1997, 2002, and most recently in 2011. Since 2008, Intrepid’s artists have received well over 100 Blues Music Award nominations and numerous WINS as well as 4 Grammy nominations and ONE Grammy WIN!. Today, things have never been better at Intrepid! With the largest, strongest staff to date, Intrepid is prepared to step up and be recognized as The Premiere Blues & Roots Rock Music Agency of its kind.

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Jordan Davis Announces 2020 Headlining Tour

MCA Nashville’s hot newcomer Jordan Davis announced his headlining TROUBLE TOWN TOUR kicking off in Milwaukee, WI on January 10. The tour will hit several additional cities including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Denver with more dates to be announced soon. Fans can purchase tickets beginning this Friday, November 1 at with exclusive early access tickets available to The Parish fan club members starting tomorrow, October 29.

Jordan along with tour openers Kassi Ashton and Hailey Whitters filmed a special video as part of the tour announcement which can be viewed HERE. In the video, Jordan plays a getaway bandit with Hailey and Kassi as his collaborators. This tour announcement follows the release of Jordan’s new song also titled “Trouble Town” which was released digitally last Friday, listen HERE.

On the TROUBLE TOWN TOUR, fans can expect to hear Jordan’s current single “Slow Dance In A Parking Lot” which is nearing Top 20 at country radio in addition to his back-to-back No.1 Platinum-Certified hits “Singles You Up” and “Take It From Me.” All three tracks are featured on Jordan’s debut album, Home State, which has accumulated almost 1 Billion streams worldwide.

“I’m really excited to get back on the road and in front of my amazing fans,” says Jordan. “Kassi is just a true artist in every sense of the word and Hailey is an extremely talented songwriter, I’m glad the rest of the world is getting to know both of them. Not only are they incredible songwriters, singers and artists but they are even better people and I’m honored to have them out with me.”

Joining Jordan for select dates is label-mate Kassi Ashton who has brought a whole new attitude of her own to country music as “a devilish songwriter who isn’t afraid to flip convention on its head (Rolling Stone).”  Praised for her confessional and catchy storytelling, Kassi has been named “Who to Watch” by Huffington PostThe TennesseanBobby Bones and more. She was featured on “Drop Top” from Keith Urban’s chart-topping 2018 album, Graffiti U, and just wrapped her first set of live shows supporting Maren Morris on “GIRL: The World Tour.”

In addition, singer/songwriter Hailey Whitters will join Jordan for the remaining tour dates. A native of Shueyville, Iowa Hailey is a probing, fearless songwriter who has been deemed “Nashville’s newest unsigned star” by Rolling Stone. Hailey’s critically-acclaimed music has been featured by BillboardThe FaderPaste and more. She is currently on the road with Maren Morris as well as Brent Cobb.

Jordan recently stopped by Gear Patrol to share his tour essentials, watch HERE. The Louisiana native just wrapped his first European tour reuniting with Old Dominion following direct support slots with both Old Dominion and Rascal Flatts earlier this year. Continuing to receive praise for his live show, Entertainment Focus notes, “Davis brought many catchy tunes to life, captivating the audience in the process. Armed with strong songs and showing off his distinctive voice, Davis took his relationship with his fans to the next level.” Jordan is set to return to the UK next March as part of the Country To Country (C2C) Festival. 


Jan. 10                   Milwaukee, WI                   The Rave*                           

Jan. 11                   Rosemont, IL                       Joe’s Live*

Jan. 16                   Springfield, IL                      Boondocks*

Jan. 17                   Minneapolis, MN               Varsity Theater*

Jan. 25                   Detroit, MI                           Majestic Theatre**                            

Jan. 30                   Charlottesville, VA             Jefferson Theater*                                                                           

Jan. 31                   Charlotte, NC                      Coyote Joe’s*     

Feb. 1                    Atlanta, GA                          Buckhead Theatre*          

Feb. 6                    Cincinnati, OH                     Bogart’s*             

Feb. 7                    Madison, WI                        Majestic Theatre*               

Feb. 20                  Council Bluffs, IA                Whiskey Roadhouse**

Feb. 21                  Denver, CO                          Grizzly Rose**

Feb. 22                  Denver, CO                          Grizzly Rose**

Feb. 27                  Boise, ID                               Knitting Factory+

Feb. 28                  Spokane, WA                       Knitting Factory+

Feb. 29                  Eugene, OR                          McDonald Theatre**

Mar. 5                    Sacramento, CA                  Ace of Spades+

Mar. 6                    Los Angeles, CA                  El Rey Theatre**

Mar. 19                 New York, NY                      Webster Hall**

Mar. 20                 Verona, NY                           Turning Stone Resort Casino**

Mar. 21                 Baltimore, MD                   Rams Head Live**

*Featuring Kassi Ashton

**Featuring Hailey Whitters          

+Show Opener TBD 

For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit   

10 Best Country, Americana Songs to Hear Now: Lady Antebellum, the Lone Bellow

Mumford & Sons, the Lone Bellow, and Lady Antebellum are among the bands represented on this week’s list of the best country and Americana songs.

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, “Devil Got My Woman”
With help from producer Dan Auerbach, the owner of Mississippi’s oldest juke joint gives a nod to Skip James by reimagining the title track from the bluesman’s 1968 release. The result is a loose, thumping slice of Bentonia blues, performed with greasy grit and minor-key menace by one of the genre’s unsung heroes.

Ariel Posen, “Familiar Ground”
A modern-day guitar hero, Ariel Posen balances his membership in the Bros. Landreth — whose newest release, ’87, features not only his fretwork, but his songwriting, as well — with an acclaimed solo career. Here, he sets up shop in the same Canadian recording studio that birthed his debut album, How Long, to perform live for a seated audience. Boosted by thick harmonies and expert guitar runs, Posen and company keep things cooking at a slow, swaggering simmer, never letting the pot boil over.

Ron Pope, “Wait and See”
Ron Pope ponders his future while recounting the darker twists and turns of his past, from days lost in a haze of aimless wandering to nights spent drinking “tequila so cheap that they should’ve paid me.” Released on next year’s Bone Structure, “Wait and See” is a sad, slow ballad rendered beautiful by Pope’s vocals, whose vibrato is punctuated with a bruised, believable rasp.

The Lone Bellow, “Count on Me”
Powerhouse vocalists Zach Williams, Kanene Donehey Pipkin, and Brian Elmquist are back with Half Moon Light, an album of soulful standouts boosted by the group’s three-part harmonies. “Count on Me,” the album’s first single, finds the trio literally singing the praises of camaraderie, promising to lift one another during moments that threaten to bring us to our knees.

Honey County featuring Spencer Crandall, “Under Your Influence”
This cross-country duet between L.A.’s Honey County and Nashville’s Spencer Crandall chronicles the chemistry between two hot-blooded partners who are looking to share more than a mutual wine buzz. Come for the rich, four-part harmonies; stay for the dreamy guitar tones, which help whip up an appropriately atmospheric soundtrack for gettin’ busy.

Jamie McDell with Robert Ellis, “Worst Crime”
While minor chords ring and drums shuffle in the background, Jamie McDell rattles off a laundry list of sins. “Breaking your heart might have been the worst crime,” she confesses to her victim, whose testimony is then heard in the second verse. A sad duet between two estranged lovers, “Worst Crime” is one of multiple highlights from McDell’s newly-released Botox EP.

Lauren Alaina, “The Other Side”
Lauren Alaina honors her late stepfather with an uplifting anthem chronicling his final moments. “I’m in God’s glory and I can see his face; it’s amazing,” she sings, delivering the chorus from her relative’s perspective as he slips his earthly bonds and heads skyward. Country and contemporary Christian musician have always been close cousins, but here, they might as well be twins.

Lady Antebellum, “What I’m Leaving For”
A tear-jerking tribute to the relatives who stay at home when bands hit the road, “What I’m Leaving For” pairs Lady Antebellum’s triple-stacked harmonies with a music video full of family footage. Sam Ellis, Laura Veltz, and Micah Premnath wrote the song, but Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, and Hillary Scott stock it with their own experience as parents, resulting in a heartwarming, Hallmark-worthy ballad that suits the group’s approach.

Mumford & Sons, “Blind Leading the Blind”
“My generation’s stuck in the mirror,” Marcus Mumford sings over a breakneck drumbeat, before anthemic guitar chords usher in the song’s Coldplay-worthy chorus. A plea for true human connection in a cynical world, “Blind Leading the Blind” marks the band’s first release since 2018’s Delta.

Anthony D’Amato, “Wrong Shade of Blue”
“I’m the wrong kind of stoned and the wrong shade of blue,” Anthony D’Amato sings over washboard percussion and acoustic guitar. An indie-folk ballad about the lonely, listless tedium of traveling alone, “Wrong Shade of Blue” is both lovely and melancholy, evoking Elliott Smith with its hotel-bedroom intimacy.

Six Organs Of Admittance – “Two Forms Moving”

Ben Chasny is back with news of his first proper Six Organs Of Admittance LP since 2017’s Burning The Threshold. It’s called Companion Rises, and it’s coming in February on Drag City. Six Organs devotees will of course recall that the project also gave us the third installment of the Hexadic series last year, but Drag City is billing this as Chasny’s Burning The Threshold follow-up, therefore it is.

Chasny is a native Californian now based in Holyoke, Massachusetts, but Companion Rises lead single “Two Forms Moving” reminds me of Chicago — specifically of Califone, whose experimental folk-rock has always existed in parallel with Chasny’s but here seems to intersect. As ever, though, Chasny’s focus is on heavenly bodies, a fixation reflected in the new album’s gorgeous cover art.

Hear “Two Forms Moving” below.

01 “Pacific”
02 “Two Forms Moving”
03 “The Scout Is Here”
04 “Black Tea”
05 “Companion Rises”
06 “The 101?
07 “Haunted And Known”
08 “Mark Youself”
09 “Worn Down By The Light”

Companion Rises is out 2/21 on Drag City. Pre-order it here.

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Oh Sees / Prettiest Eyes / LFZ live at The Chapel – San Francisco

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The Oh Sees kicked off their Face Stabber tour with three sold-out nights at San Francisco’s Chapel with special guest Prettiest Eyes and LFZ. This is the fitting location as San Francisco was their former
home base prior to L.A.

Founder John Dwyer and sole original member of Oh Sees is the band’s
visionary and the focus on stage. He thrashes his guitar and slams about the stage uncontrollably while musically keeping it together. He is intense, prolific, and like a hurricane. Coupled with duel drummers Dan Rincon and Paul Quattrone, bassist Tim Hellman, and Tomas Dolas on
Keys, this quintet delivers a wall of sound that grabbed everyone’s attention. Somewhere between punk, garage, and psychedelic rock, they are one of a kind.

Check out their new release Face Stabber.

The tour continues through early November so catch them while you can.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines Pairing With Musical Duo JOHNNYSWIM

Discovery, Inc.’s joint-venture with Chip and Joanna Gaines announced the first original series for the couple’s upcoming Magnolia network: Home on the Road (WT). The six-episode series will follow husband and wife Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez as they tour North America with their band JOHNNYSWIM, complete with son Joaquin (4) and daughter Luna (12 months) in tow. The series will premiere as part of the network’s initial slate of programming set to launch in October 2020. 

“Amanda and Abner are magnetic,” said Chip and Joanna Gaines. “Ever since we met them a little over five years ago, we’ve been drawn to the way they navigate family, community, and life on the road. They’re not just musicians, they’re storytellers and together, they are a true picture of the relentless pursuit of following a dream and making it a reality; but their dream doesn’t stop with them—it’s extended to their family and fans and everyone they meet.”

Known for their alternative sound, rock-like energy, and pop ambition, Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirezhave been touring together as JOHNNYSWIM since 2005, captivating crowds around the world with their soulful anthems steeped in singer-songwriter tradition. These days, Abner and Amanda—accompanied by their two kids and their eight band and crew members— pile onto a tour bus for several weeks at a time, traveling the country in what they call “a small apartment on wheels.” 

Each week, Abner and Amanda will dive into the culture, stories, and food of the city they’re touring. Viewers will be invited into the life of this magnetic family as they balance marriage, a growing family, and the everyday challenges and victories of pursuing their dream – all while working to establish their very own, unique sense of “Home on the Road.”

“When you’re on the road as much as we are, time spent at home starts to feel a lot like vacation,” said Abner and Amanda. “We decided early on that we want to spend as much time together as possible…so when we go on tour, we allgo on tour. We’d be lying if we said the idea of traveling the country with your bandmates, a four-year-old and a 12-month-old wasn’t a little bit scary, but it’s all we know. No matter what, we’re going to make home on the road.” 

The series will highlight JOHNNYSWIM tour stops in Dallas, Jacksonville, New York, Chattanooga, Charleston, Los Angelesand Waco, Texas.

Additional programming details will be announced in the coming months.

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