Bob Weir Signs With Columbia/Legacy For New Album

by VVN Music

Bob Weir, who spends much of his time lately playing with Dead & Company, will release a new solo album on September 30 via Columbia/Legacy.

Blue Mountain marks Weir's first true original solo album in 28 years going back to 1978's Heaven Help the Fool, although he has released discs with RatDog, Bobby and the Midnites and the late Rob Wasserman.

The album is described as "A deeply personal folk music tribute to the ranch stories and fireside songs of Bob's youth, told new with amazing wisdom and heart" and is inspired by Bob's time working as a ranch hand in his mid-teens.

Blue Mountain was produced by Josh Kaufman and includes songwriting contributions from Josh Ritter and performances by guitarists Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner and bassist Scott Devendorf.

The album was recorded at a variety of locations on both coasts, including studios in Woodstock, NY and San Rafael, CA over the spring and fall of 2015. A host of fellow musicians appear alongside Weir on Blue Mountain including Ray Rizzo (drums, harmonium, harmonica, backup vocals), Joe Russo (drums), Jon Shaw (upright bass, piano), Rob Burger (keyboard, accordion, tuned percussion), Sam Cohen (electric guitar and pedal steel), Nate Martinez (guitars, harmonium, backup vocals), Jay Lane (drums, vocals), Robin Sylvester (upright bass, vocals, hammond organ) and Steve Kimock (Lapsteel). Providing backup vocals are The Bandana Splits, comprised of Annie Nero, Lauren Balthrop and Dawn Landes.

Adam Block, president of Legacy Recordings, said "We're so pleased to welcome Bob Weir to the Columbia/Legacy family and absolutely thrilled to partner with him to share these stories and this beautiful record with the world."

The track list:
  • Only A River
  • Cottonwood Lullaby
  • Gonesville
  • Lay My Lily Down
  • Gallop On The Run
  • Whatever Happened To Rose
  • What The Ghost Towns Know
  • Darkest Hour
  • Ki-Yi Bossie
  • Storm Country
  • Blue Mountain
  • One More River To Cross
Weir will also go out on his "Campfire Tour" this fall with pre-sale tickets being available on August 9 and public sale starting August 12.

The dates:
  • 10/07 - San Rafael, CA - Marin County Civic Center
  • 10/08 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater­
  • 10/10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
  • 10/12 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
  • 10/14 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
  • 10/15 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
  • 10/16 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
  • 10/19 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

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