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April 4 is turning out to be quite the day for fans of Dan Sultan. First, the release of his new album, Blackbird. And now, the news that Sultan will hit the road for a mammoth national tour from June.
The Blackbird tour will see Sultan touring for close to two months, visiting every state in the country including capital cities and smaller, regional towns. Sultan will be backed by a full band at all shows, with gig-goers in capital cities treated to a little extra glitz from a big-band set-up.
The past few months have seen the award-winning Melbourne artist deliver smouldering live performances – both in support of Bruce Springsteen and on his own ‘Under Your Skin’ headline dates.
Sultan’s new album is the culmination of many months of writing and recording, and sees powerhouse riffs met by crackling gospel interludes, old-school rock and roll jams, pure country tones, bare and aching ballads, harmonies, horns, banjos – even an Arabic scale or two. Blackbird is the simple journey of a man singing about love, desire and identity – an Australian musician coming into his own.
Sultan is awash with nervous anticipation for the release. “It was very daunting thinking about writing a new record as it had been so long since Get Out While You Can, but it was a relief to finally be writing again. And then it was just as daunting thinking about recording a new record but then a real relief to be doing so.
“And then it was also daunting thinking about a new album actually coming out but now it’s very satisfying that it’s in the bag and ready to go! It has taken a lot to finally get to this point and now I’m looking forward to getting on the road and touring it.”
Positive reviews for Blackbird are already flowing in:
“The rebirth is evident….This is a big step forward for Dan Sultan.”
“It’s clear Dan Sultan was born to do this.”
“Dan Sultan’s Blackbird epitomises everything a good Australian rock album should be. A perfectly balanced blend of big band rock n’ roll matched with soft, soulful ballads.”
– 8/10, Tonedeaf
In addition to releasing his third LP, Sultan is also giving back to the industry by way of his role as an ambassador for AMRAP (and their inaugural Community Radio ambassador no less) – and for Record Store Day Australia. Melbourne fans can catch him at Readings in St Kilda on Record Store Day – April 19.
Joining Sultan on the road for the Blackbird tour is stellar four-piece rock band Stonefield, whose self-titled album has been making a splash on radio over the past six months, as well Jan Skubiszewski from Way Of The Eagle. The Melbourne musician and producer will perform a DJ set. His single ‘Rattlesnake’ topped triple j’s Most Played chart last year. His new single ‘Shadows’ is out now.
Blackbird is available now. Tickets for the Blackbird tour are on sale from Thursday April 10.
BLACKBIRD ALBUM TOUR
With support from Stonefield and Way Of The Eagle
Tickets on sale from Thursday April 10
**Stonefield not appearing
***Stonefield and Way Of The Eagle not appearing
BLACKBIRD IS OUT NOW
Wow, thanks theMusic.com.au!
The first of hopefully a few more great reviews. 4 days to go.
So here she is! The ‘Blackbird’ album in all her physical glory. You can meet her on April 4th — the official release date which is just under two weeks away — YIKES! I’m nervous and excited in equal measures ’cause I can’t wait to hear what you all think of the tunes.
So, my label have gone a little crazy and have come up with a pretty special package to shift some more album pre-orders. Sydney and Brisbane, if you pre-order a signed copy of ‘Blackbird’ (due out April 4) you get your name added to the guestlist for my current Under Your Skin tour, Saturday March 8 at The Zoo (Brisbane) or Sunday March 9 at The Metro (Sydney). Spots are super limited so get in quick!
FEBRUARY / MARCH 2014
With The Medics **(not playing Adelaide and Perth)
Dan Sultan takes his band on the road for his Under Your Skin tour, playing new songs from upcoming album Blackbird.
After erupting back onto the scene with bold soul-rock shot ‘Under Your Skin’ — his first release in over four years, which was promptly added to high rotation on triple j — Dan Sultan and band are thrilled to announce a capital city tour for February and March 2014.
Dan’s upcoming tour will give fans an opportunity to hear both new songs and old favourites, accompanied by his dynamic band. The Melbourne artist has also been announced as special guest for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Melbourne and Hunter Valley shows next February, alongside reformed Australian rock’n’roll favourites Hunters & Collectors and Sydney band The Rubens.
The Medics will join Dan on his capital city tour. The Medics’ story started in Cairns, far north Queensland and has seen their emergence as one of Australia’s most genuinely exciting new bands performing at Splendour in the Grass, Big Day Out, Laneway, Groovin’ the Moo, Woodford and The Dreaming Festivals. The Medics took out top honours at the 2012 National Indigenous Music Awards with wins for Album of the Year for their stunning debut LP ‘Foundations’ and Song of the Year for ‘Griffin’, and were crowned Best New Talent at the 2013 Rolling Stone Awards. They are currently working on the follow up to ‘Foundations’ and are itching to get the new songs out there in 2014.
Thu 27 Feb Canberra | Zierholz @ UC (18+)
Fri 28 Feb Hobart | Waratah Hotel (18+)
Sat 1 Mar Melbourne | Corner Hotel (18+)
Sunday 2 Mar Melbourne | Corner Hotel (18+)
Wed 5 Mar Adelaide | Paradiso Spigeltent (All Ages)
Garden Of Unearthly Delights
Thu 6 Mar Perth | Artbar (18+)
Sat 8 Mar Brisbane | The Zoo (18+)
Sun 9 Mar Sydney | Metro Theatre (18+)