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Bill Kreutzmann’s 7 Walkers announce debut album

on September 22, 2010, 9:05am

Even after 30 years on the road, each member of the Grateful Dead keeps their bags packed and their calendars filled. Formed in 2009, Bill Kreutzmann’s newest project, 7 Walkers, is a funk-rock collaboration with Louisiana guitarist Papa Mali, bassist and New Orleans native George Porter, JR., and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard. And even amidst Kreutzmann’s busy schedule with The Rhythm Devils, the new foursome has stayed busy with two tours and multiple sessions for an upcoming self-titled debut.

Described by the band “as an open love letter to New Orleans,” 7 Walkers features Willie Nelson (“King Cotton Blues”), several songs from former Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead classics, and Mali originals. Check out the video below, courtesy of Billboard, to see the band talk about the making of the album and hear a little “King Cotton Blues”.

Beginning October 1st in San Francisco, 7 Walkers will begin their 3rd trek across the US. Spanning the rest of the year and encompassing 22 performances, the tour makes stops in Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Portland, Maine, New York, Syracuse, and Reading. Check out the complete list of dates below, with more info available at Pollstar.

7 Walkers Tour Dates:
10/01 – San Francisco, CA @ Hardly Strictly Blue Grass Festival
10/01 – Napa, CA @ Uptown Theatre #
10/22 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Concert Hall
10/23 – Live Oak, FL @ Magnolia Fest
10/25 – Hermosa Beach, CA @ Saint Rocke ^
10/26 – San Diego, CA @ Winston’s ^
10/28 – Capistrano, CA @ Coach House San Juan
10/29 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley
10/30 – Groveland, CA @ Las Tortugas Festival
10/31 – Groveland, CA @ Las Tortugas Festival
12/09 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Casino ^
12/10 – Falls River, MA @ Narrow Center for the Arts ^
12/11 – So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground ^
12/12 – Londonderry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall ^
12/14 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall ^
12/16 – Fairfield, CT @ Stage One ^
12/17 – Bay Shore, NY @ Boulton Center for the Arts ^
12/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ World CafĂ© ^
12/19 – New York, NY @ City Winery
12/28 – White River Junction, VT @ Tupelo Music Hall
12/29 – Northhampton, MA @ Pearl Street
12/30 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
12/31 – Reading, PA @ The Silo

# = w/ Hot Tuna
^ = w/ Moonalice

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