Real native sons at that, folks.
By Blurt Staff
They enjoyed an extremely well-received European tour this spring and also notched rave reviews for their 4-CD, 76-song career retrospective box set, Final Wild Songs that Cherry Red issued in January. Now The Long Ryders have announced their first full-fledged U.S. tour dates in 29 years, for November. It’s a relatively brief jaunt, as the members all have their own full-time jobs, but unlike the one-off guerilla shows they’ve had on occasion during the past 5 years or so, it definitely qualifies as a tour.
Fans of the band’s pioneering proto-Americana won’t need any coaxing. The Long Ryders last toured the States way back in 1987 in support of Two Fisted Tales, their final album before disbanding later that year. So here comes the classic line-up that recorded three highly acclaimed studio albums and toured extensively, including the recent dates in Spain, Ireland and England: co-founders Sid Griffin (guitar, vocals), Greg Sowders (drums) and Stephen McCarthy (guitar, vocals), and Tom Stevens (bass, vocals). Reviews were, in a word, rave:
“Another spine-tingling moment in a gig that had so many” –Craig Chaligne, Louder Than War(UK)
“The band have lost nothing in terms of musical ability and passion, and if anything they’re playing better than ever” –Jonathon Kardash, Bristol 24/7 (UK)
“They are able to produce the whole tradition of American roots rock that flows from the wide rivers of Dylan and Roger McGuinn into the fast flowing tributaries of Buffalo Springfield and Gram Parsons in front of our dumbstruck faces without batting an eyelash.” –Fernando Neira, El País (Spain)
Check out some tunes following the dates, below.
November 2016 Tour Dates:
11/10 Bowery Ballroom – New York City, NY
11/11 ONCE Ballroom – Somerville, MA
11/12 Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT