Much-loved 80s country-rockers THE LONG RYDERS are to return next month with their first new album in more than 30 years.
The Los Angeles band initially came to prominence as part of the mid-80s Paisley Underground scene which saw a rise in late-60s influenced psych and country-rock bands like The Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate, Green On Red, The Three O'Clock, True West and Thin White Rope.
Signing to Island, the band were particularly successful in the UK, where their classic single 'Looking For Lewis And Clark' grazed the lower reaches of the Singles Chart. Splitting in '87, bandleader Sid Griffin relocated to London where he formed The Coal Porters and worked as a journalist. In their absence, the band's legacy inspired the mid-90s alt.country movement and the subsequent boom in Americana.
Periodically reconvening since 2004, when they appeared at Glastonbury, an offer of a week in Dr Dre's state-of-the-art studio led to the recording of Psychedelic Country Soul, featuring the band's classic line-up of Sid Griffin, Tom Stevens, Stephen McCarthy and Greg Sowders, under the guidance of Ramones producer (and producer of The Long Ryders' previous album Two Fisted Tales) Ed Stasium.
The band return to Europe for the following dates in April...
10th April – Gorilla – Manchester (UK)
11th April – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham (UK)
12th April – Engine Rooms – Southampton (UK)
13th April – Islington Assembly Hall – London (UK)
14th April – Paard – Den Haag (Netherlands)
15th April – Folk å Rock – Malmo (Sweden)
16th April – Slaktkyrkan – Stockholm (Sweden)
17th April – John Dee – Oslo (Norway)
18th April – Shamrock – Helsinki (Finland)
19th April – Auditorium –Toscanini, Chiari (Italy)
21st April – Bronson – Ravenna (Italy)
Tickets are available here.
Psychedelic Country Soul is set for release through Cherry Red on 15 February, and is available to re-order here.
Both The Long Ryders' Island albums, State Of Our Union and Two Fisted Tales are also available as 3-CD expanded editions here.
Check out the promo video for 'Looking For Lewis And Clark'...