Ryan Montbleau Nabs NOLA royalty for New LP

NEW ALBUM FOR HIGHER OUT MAY 15

Ryan Montbleau
Ryan Montbleau broke with tradition on his new album, For Higher (out May 15), leaving behind the comfort of his touring band for a whirlwind series of sessions in New Orleans with some of the city's best musicians.

Producer Ben Ellman of Galactic assembled an all-star cast--including keyboard/B-3 player Ivan Neville, guitar master Anders Osborne, drummer Simon Lott, and Meters bassist George Porter Jr.--to push Montbleau's soulful and soaring voice into uncharted territory.

While a few of the album's 10 tracks were already part of the Ryan Montbleau Band's ever-growing live repertoire, the majority, including four handpicked cover tunes -- stone soul nuggets from Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, forgotten supergroup Rhinoceros, and the late Muscle Shoals guitarist Eddie Hinton -- came together spontaneously with little prepwork.

"I have a band that I've been touring with for years, and usually by the time we head into the studio the songs are pretty well mapped out," says Montbleau. "This is a totally different record than I've ever made."

For Higher Tracklist

  • 1. Yeah Man
  • 2. Heartbreak Road
  • 3. Away We Go
  • 4. Head Above Water
  • 5. Here But I'm Gone
  • 6. Burning and Hiding
  • 7. Sweet, Nice 'N' High
  • 8. Just Perfect
  • 9. Dead Set
  • 10. Full Grown Man

    Tour Dates

  • 02/02/12 Thu The Original Cafe Eleven Saint Augustine, FL
  • 02/03/12 Fri Hideaway Cafe St. Petersburg, FL
  • 02/04/12 Sat The Bamboo Room Lake Worth, FL
  • 02/05/12 Sun Cayamo Music Cruise Miami , FL
  • 02/16/12 Thu Roadhouse 169 Playa Ballena, CR
  • 02/17/12 Fri Docelunas Resort Playa Jaco, CR
  • 02/18/12 Sat Docelunas Resort Playa Jaco, CR
  • 02/19/12 Sun Docelunas Resort Playa Jaco, CR
  • 02/22/12 Wed The Pour House Charleston, SC
  • 02/23/12 Thu Grey Eagle Asheville, NC
  • 02/24/12 Fri Double Door Inn Charlotte, NC
  • 02/25/12 Sat The 8X10 Baltimore, MD
  • 02/26/12 Sun Virginia Thomas Law Center for Performing Arts Buckhannon, WV
  • 03/01/12 Thu The Pickle Barrel Killington, VT
  • 03/02/12 Fri The Electric Company Utica, NY
  • 03/08/12 Thu Bell's Brewery Kalamazoo, MI
  • 03/09/12 Fri SPACE Evanston, IL
  • 03/10/12 Sat The Brown Baer Elkhart Lake, WI
  • 03/11/12 Sun Flying Mango Des Moines, IA
  • 03/13/12 Tue Belly Up Aspen, CO 03/16/12 Fri Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO
  • 03/17/12 Sat Keystone Plaza Keystone, CO
  • 03/17/12 Sat Warren Station Center for the Arts Keystone, CO
  • 03/21/12 Wed Happy Harbor Orange Beach, AL
  • 03/22/12 Thu Suwannee Springfest 2012 at Spirit of The Suwannee Music Park Live Oak, FL
  • 03/24/12 Sat Plaza Live Orlando, FL
  • 03/29/12 Thu The Hamilton Washington, DC
  • 03/30/12 Fri Hiro Ballroom New York, NY
  • 03/31/12 Sat Showcase Live Foxboro, MA

    Ryan Montbleau Tour Dates :: Ryan Montbleau News

  • http://ryanmontbleauband.com/

    [Published on: 2/2/12]

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