UMPHREY'S MCGEE TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM,
SAFETY IN NUMBERS, ON APRIL 4, 2006
THE BAND ANNOUNCES SPRING TOURDATES TO SUPPORT THE RELEASE, INCLUDING THEIR FIRST EUROPEAN TOUR AND AN INTIMATE PERFORMANCE AT NYC'S CBGB AS PART OF THE FIRST ANNUAL GREEN APPLE FESTIVAL
Safety In Numbers, to be released April 4, 2006, is the third studio album by the musically muscular and relentlessly inventive Umphrey's McGee. For this highly anticipated release, personal chaos provided plenty of fuel for an explosion of collaborative, creative energy. From top to bottom, in its carefully constructed yet deeply felt notes, Safety In Numbers is strong and coolly calculated, yet easy-going and improvisational -- an aural representation of life's balancing act. Without sacrificing their endearing playfulness, Umphrey's McGee - dare we say it - is growing up.
The album's eleven original songs offer intriguing insight into these rising stars. For Safety In Numbers, the band's complex and often spectacular musicianship move from the surface of their craft, and rest instead just under the skin of the music. From top to bottom, in its carefully constructed yet deeply felt notes, Safety In Numbers is a strong and decisive, yet easy-flowing representation of Umphrey's McGee and a tribute to a friend's life in the face of a recent loss-a sonic companion to life's balancing act.
The album features guest performances by saxophone sensation Joshua Redman and veteran rocker, Huey Lewis. Album artwork is by famed album designer Storm Thorgerson.
In support of the new release, Umphrey's has announced their spring tour dates, which includes an appearance at the Langerado music festival, a quick European jaunt, a special CD release party in their hometown of Chicago, and an exclusive and intimate performance at NYC's CBGB as part of the first annual Green Apple Festival (www.greenapplefestival.com).
The complete list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:
02.24 | The Pageant | St. Louis, MO
02.25 | Murat Theatre - Egyptian Room | Indianapolis, IN
03.10 | The Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL
03.11 | Langerado Music Festival | Sunrise, FL
03.11 | Revolution | Fort Lauderdale, FL
03.14 | Mean Fiddler | London, UK
03.15 | La Boule Noir | Paris, France
03.16 | Transilvania Club | Milan, Italy
03.19-21 | Jam in the 'Dam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
03.23 | Knust | Hamburg, Germany
04.03 | The Park West - CD Release | Chicago, IL
04.07 | The Showbox | Seattle, WA
04.08 | Roseland Theatre | Portland, OR
04.09 | The Mystic Theatre | Petaluma, CA
04.12 | House of Blues | San Diego, CA
04.13 | The Avalon | Hollywood, CA
04.14-15 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA
04.16| World Ski and Snowboard Championships | Whistler, BC
04.21 | CBGB | New York, NY
04.27-28 | Canopy Club | Urbana, IL
05.01 | Workplay Theater | Birmingham, AL
05.02 | The Orange Peel | Asheville, NC
05.03 | Disco Rodeo | Raleigh, NC
05.05 | Electric Factory | Philadelphia, PA
05.06 | Avalon Ballroom | Boston, MA
05.26-28 | Summer Camp | Chillicothe, IL
06.16-18 | Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN
06.29-30 | High Sierra Music Festival | Quincy, CA
07.20 | 10,000 Lakes Festival | Detroit Lakes, MN
More dates to be announced soon, including summer plans. For now, look for festival favorites Umphrey's McGee to perform Bonnaroo for the fourth year in a row.
It's been a quick rise for Chicago's Umphrey's McGee. Their virtuoso playing and edgy songcraft recently compelled Rolling Stone to choose Umphrey's "a band to watch" in their annual Hot Issue. Relix magazine put them on the cover of their December 2004 issue and the prestigious Chicago Music Awards bestowed Umphrey's McGee with the coveted Best Rock Entertainer of the Year award. Booked coast to coast by the Monterey Peninsula Booking Agency, the band recently sold out two nights at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, two nights at Irving Plaza, San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, the list goes on.
Check out Umphrey's McGee on JamCam doing "In The Kitchen" here.