7 Walkers, the revered band featuring legendary drummer and Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann, guitarist Papa Mali, multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson, Fastball) and legendary New Orleans bass man George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) today announce a run of fall tour dates that bring them to U.S. points south and west.
Included along the tour are stops in hometowns of New Orleans and San Francisco, where very special local guest musicians are expected to sit in with the band. With George Porter Jr. also on a reunion tour with The Meters this fall, look for the 7 Walkers Fall Tour to alternate bass players between shows, with select performances to feature Dirty Dozen Brass Band founder and sousaphone player Kirk Joseph Jr., and Tea Leaf Green's bassist Reed Mathis (who also appears on the 7 Walkers' album).
Co-written by Papa Mali, 7 Walkers, and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, the band's 2010 self-titled debut earned high praise from critics and fans alike. No Depression called it "The best album by any member of the Grateful Dead since American Beauty." Blurt Online raved “both assertive and alluring,” while Daily News proclaimed: “as tasty as any dish ever served up by Kreutzmann's higher-profile collaborators."
Current confirmed 7 Walkers tour dates are as follows:
October 14 ^ Harvest Music Fest Ozark, AR
October 15 ^ Kenny Dorham's Backyard Austin, TX
October 18 ^ Tipitina's New Orleans, LA (tickets)
October 20 ^ MagnoliaFest Live Oak, FL
October 22 ^ LEAF Festival Black Mnt., NC
October 23 ^ Carolina Theatre Durham, NC
October 25-26 *** The Abbey at Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol, CA
October 27 *** Napa Valley Opera House Napa, CA
October 29 ^ Hangtown Halloween Ball Placerville, CA
October 30 *** Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
October 31 *** Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
January 9-14 ^ JamCruise with Steve Kimock Ft. Lauderdale, FL
^ Featuring George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) on bass
* Featuring Kirk Joseph (The Dirty Dozen Brass Band) on sousaphone
*** Featuring Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)
Additional dates to be announced.