This fall, Nashville-based independent artist Ron Pope will embark on an international headline tour making stops in New York, London, Chicago, Nashville, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and more. See below for a full tour itinerary. Popeâ€™s latest studio album, Work, is due August 18 on his own Brooklyn Basement Records and follows last yearâ€™s critically acclaimed Ron Pope & The Nighthawks, of which Entertainment Weekly said, â€œHeavier, deeper, bigger, louder. The warm glow of the West, and a heavy meditation on classic sounds of the South seeps out.â€
Earlier this spring, Pope performed â€œBaby, I Love Youâ€ at Carnegie Hall as part of The Music of Aretha Franklin tribute show. His recorded cover of the song and accompanying in-studio video premiered on Glide in celebration of Franklinâ€™s 75th birthday. Of the new cover, Glide proclaimed, â€œTaking on Aretha is a daunting task, but with Popeâ€™s vivacious voice and the top notch players behind him, this rendition is blessed with is on unique wow factor while retaining its original luster.â€ The new recordâ€™s lead single â€œBad For Your Healthâ€ premiered on Team Coco who call it â€œseriously addictive.â€ Most recently, Relix debuted the new albumâ€™s second single â€œLetâ€™s Get Stoned.â€???
Work marks Popeâ€™s seventh studio album. To date, he has surpassed one million monthly listeners on Spotify, sold out shows in more than 20 countries, sold over 2 million digital tracks, had over 200 million streams on Spotify, 630 million plays on Pandora and 150 million views on YouTube.
The album was recorded completely in analogue at Welcome to 1979 in Nashville, TN where Pope and his fellow musicians locked themselves in the studio for one week until completion. Work was co-produced and recorded with Grammy award-winning engineer Ted Young, his third consecutive collaboration with Pope. The lead single, â€œBad For Your Healthâ€ was co-written by Pope and Jonathan Tyler.
Of the new recording, Pope says, â€œThis album follows me from when I was thirteen and a teacher told my mother that Iâ€™d probably end up in prison; I started messing around writing songs that year. Itâ€™s been mostly uphill ever since.
Appearing on the album are Jay Collins on sax (Gregg Allman Band), Mike Riddleberger on drums (Bleachers), Andrew Pertes on bass (Savoir Adore), Kai Welch on keys/accordion (Abigail Washburn, Glen Campbell), Jeff Malinowski on guitar (Frances Cone), Alex Brumel on guitar/pedal steel and Charles Ray on flugelhorn/trumpet plus guest vocals on select tracks from Mary Richardson (The Banditos), Katie Schecter, Molly Parden and Vanessa McGowan.
Last summer saw the release of the feature-length documentary One Way Ticket by Kelly Teacher (No Cameras Allowed, Austin To Boston). The film follows Pope and his band on the road and during recording sessions for Ron Pope & The Nighthawks in Lake Blue Ridge, GA. In the film, Spotifyâ€™s D.A. Wallach notes, â€œHereâ€™s a guy whoâ€™s figured out how to do this basically by himself and is really proving the power of streaming music.â€
Popeâ€™s music has been featured on NBCâ€™s â€œThe Voice,â€ CWâ€™s â€œVampire Diaries,â€ â€œ90210,â€ and multiple seasons of FOXâ€™s â€œSo You Think You Can Dance,â€ which sent two of his albums into the top 100 on iTunes simultaneously. Pope also guest starred as himself in Season 3 of the show â€œNashville.â€
Upcoming UK live dates
November 5â€”London, UK The Garage
November 6, Manchester, UKâ€”Academy 3