Alberta Cross to tour with Them Crooked Vultures in May | out now with Ben Harper

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Alberta Cross, praised by Rolling Stone as “roots-rock grit meets Brit-pop grandeur,” will tour with Them Crooked Vultures this May. The dates come on the heels of a tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and follow the band’s opening slot for Ben Harper.

Their much-anticipated ATO Records debut Broken Side of Time is being widely praised by critics, with Esquire declaring “as electrically dark as it is electrifyingly determined,” and Billboard calling it “a step forward in cementing their place in American blues-rock,” that “leaves an unmistakable mark.” Likewise, they were featured as a Breaking Artist in Rolling Stone, which praises them for “combining wind tunnels of bent guitar riffs and distorted power chords with the haunting melodies of rural American music. It’s all topped by Ericson Stakee’s sweet, high-lonesome voice, which recalls both Jim James and Neil Young.”

Alberta Cross took shape when Sweden-born guitarist/vocalist Petter Ericson Stakee and bassist Terry Wolfers, a Brit himself, began jamming together in London’s east end. Their acclaimed EP The Thief & the Heartbreaker earned the band widespread critical praise with NPR finding “It’s a long way from London to Laurel Canyon, but they seem to have found the portal.” Following a series of U.K. touring slots with Oasis, The Shins and Bat for Lashes, Alberta Cross relocated to New York City in pursuit of renewed creative energy and new challenges.

Broken Side of Time is born of the struggles and setbacks the band faced along the way. The album serves as Alberta Cross’ official introduction to the U.S. As Stakee explains, “It’s kind of a desperation album, a darker album; it’s definitely angrier. We’ve been in a crazy place during the whole album and you can hear that.”

Led by Stakee and Wolfers, Alberta Cross is rounded out by guitarist Sam Kearney, drummer Austin Beede and keyboardist Alec Higgins. Broken Side of Time was recorded in Austin, TX and produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Dead Confederate, Heartless Bastards). John O’Mahony (Depeche Mode, Coldplay, Kasabian) mixed the album at Electric Lady in New York City.

ALBERTA CROSS TOUR DATES

w/ Ben Harper:
April 20 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
April 21 – Winston Salem, NC @ Wake Forest – Wait Chapel
April 22 – Charlottesville, VA @ Charlottesville Pavilion
April 24 – Nashville, TN @ Vanderbilt Alumni Lawn
April 25 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
April 29 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
April 30 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
May 1 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Theatre
May 2 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Sunfest

Headlining:
April 27 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
May 5 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern
May 6 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theater
May 7 – Southern Pines, NC @ Gawker Media Farm
May 8 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

w/ Them Crooked Vultures:

May 11 – Quebec, QC @Pavilion De La Jeunesse
May 12 – Montreal, QC @ Cepsum
May 13 – Ottawa, ON @ Scotia Place
May 15 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
May 16 – Windsor, ON @ Colosseum at Caesars
May 17 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Egyptian Room, Old National Centre
May 18 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon

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