Acclaimed blues-hop singer ZZ Ward and Delta Rae have announced a co-headlining tour to kick off in Aspen, CO on January 30, 2013. Opening the show will be British slide guitar prodigy, Martin Harley.
Ward’s unique blend of swampy blues and hip-hop has been drawing critical praise since the release of her Eleven Roses mixtape and continues with her debut, full-length album, Til The Casket Drops, which showcases her songwriting prowess as well as her remarkable voice whichRolling Stone called “chill-inducing.” Ward’s unique smoky rasp embodies the blues greats who have inspired her, but it’s the hip-hop flavor that adds a bold freshness to her musical artistry. “Her unapologetic blend of hip-hop, blues and pop paired with smoky vocals could make this singer a star,” exclaimed USA Today. After a recent performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, her foot-stomping single “Put The Gun Down” shot up the alternative charts at iTunes and Amazon. Currently in the middle of her first headlining tour, including sold-out dates in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Denver and Nashville, Ward’s gritty blues-soaked, hip-hop inspired repertoire explodes live as her dynamic vocals captivate with a force prompting the Chicago Tribune to declare, “So what are you waiting for? Go hear her.”
The Fire and Shine tour will also feature co-headliner Delta Rae whose debut, Carry The Fire, came out this past June. The band has been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan. Rolling Stone pegged them as an “Artist To Watch” for their Women Who Rock campaign and compared Delta Rae to their favorite band of all time, claiming “If Fleetwood Mac came up in North Carolina, they might resemble Delta Rae.” They’ve been championed by VH1, who selected them as their “You Oughta Know” Artist for October, KCRW, Billboard, Forbes and others. Live is where Delta Rae truly flourish. The band recently sold out headlining gigs at Bowery Ballroom in NYC, The Independent in San Francisco, The Troubadour in LA and in their hometown of Durham, NC.
Opener Martin Harley is an internationally acclaimed slide guitar player and songwriter with a deeply important and respected voice in the evolution of popular blues music. Martin is marking his U.S. debut with the release of his brand new solo album Mojo Fix on 60/20 Records, now available.
The combination of these uniquely dynamic artists will create a live musical experience not to be missed.
A full list of dates is below:
THE FIRE AND SHINE TOUR 2013
*Delta Rae only
**ZZ Ward and Martin Harley only
***ZZ Ward only
|Wed-Jan-30||Aspen CO||Belly Up|
|Thu-Jan-31||Beaver Creek CO||Vilar|
|Sat-Feb-02||Salt Lake City UT||Kilby Court**|
|Sat-Feb-02||Park City UT||Eccles Center*|
|Wed-Feb-06||Los Angeles, CA||Troubadour|
|Thu-Feb-07||Los Angeles, CA||Troubadour|
|Tue-Feb-12||Santa Barbara CA||SOHO**|
|Thu-Feb-14||San Francisco CA||Great American Music Hall|
|Sat-Feb-16||Portland, OR||Star Theater|
|Sun-Feb-17||Seattle WA||The Crocodile|
|Wed-Feb-20||Jackson Hole, WY||Center For The Arts*|
|Fri-Feb-22||Minneapolis MN||Triple Rock**|
|Sun-Feb-24||Chicago IL||Lincoln Hall|
|Mon-Feb-25||Columbus, OH||The Basement|
|Wed-Feb-27||Cleveland, OH||Beachland Ballroom|
|Thu-Feb-28||Toronto, ON||Mod Club|
|Sat – Mar-02||Boston MA||Middle East|
|Mon-Mar-04||Baltimore MD||8 x 10**|
|Tue-Mar-05||New York NY||Irving Plaza|
|Sat-Mar-09||Charlotte, NC||Visulite Theatre|
|Sun-Mar-10||Nashville TN||3rd and Lindsley***|
|Mon-Mar-11||New Orleans LA||House of Blues *|
|Tue-Mar-19||Nashville TN||Mercy Lounge*|