May 4 – Cincinnati, OH Mad Tree Brewing Co free 7 pm with Sammy Kay and Current Events 3301 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209
Formed in 2003, the boys of 500 Miles to Memphis came together on the banks of the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Newport, KY. Their genre-bending take on americana and punk rock has been received world-wide in the form of movies, tv, video games and their award-winning live shows. Logging 250 performances a year, these indie road kings have been to hell and back. After taking a short break from touring in 2017, 500 MTM has jumped back in the studio to deliver their 5th studio album, Blessed Be The Damned with producer John Pedigo (Old 97’s) at the legendary Gwynne Sound in Cincinnati.
If you are familiar with Cincinnati band, 500 Miles to Memphis you know that they are a band that rocks but also has country roots in their sound, incorporating instruments that are traditionally associated with country music; lap steel, fiddle, banjo and mandolin.
For Blessed Be The Damned, 500 MTM brought in musician and producer, John Pedigo (The O’s, Old 97’s) for production and engineering and Grammy nominated engineer, Adam Pleiman leading the charge with engineering and mastering. Besides producing, Pedigo lends his talents to the album with some banjo and vocals. Philip W Peeples (Old 97’s) plays bells and percussion on a few songs and other guests include Paul Patterson (violin, viola, cello) and Nathan Hickey (Vocals, Percussion).
Blessed Be The Damned is different from the previous 4 albums the band made in that the band approached it with a very specific sound in mind. They wanted to draw on the influences of their region (Appalachia) and give their take on the bluegrass and folk music of their ancestors. Winning many entertainment awards for their “wall of sound” live shows, Pedigo and Pleiman have captured the band’s sound on Blessed Be The Damned. If you are a fan of high-octane punk rock, bluegrass and Appalachia, these boys are for you.
“Continuing in the great Ohio cowpunk tradition of artists like TWO COW GARAGE and DAVID ALLEN COE, Cincinnati’s 500 MILES TO MEMPHIS blends roots, punk, and country”- Maximum Ink
“Bridging the spirit of sweaty punk and old-school country, 500 MILES TO MEMPHIS is irresistible.” – CiN Weekly
“An exercise in American Eclectic: gritty, dirty and damn good.” – Independent Weekly
“500MTM are one of the best known and beloved bands known for getting people who hate country to make an exception on their behalf.” – No Depression
DATES: (more dates TBA)
—May 2 – Nashville, TN The 5 Spot $5/ 8:30 with Mercy Bell and Noah Smith
—May 3 – Indianapolis, IN Black Circle Brewing with Necromantix 9pm
—May 4 – Cincinnati, OH Mad Tree Brewing Co free 7 pm with Sammy Kay and Current Events
—Jun 13 – Midwest Punkfest(headline) Bloomington, IL $10
—Jun 14 – Knoxville, TN Preservation Pub $5 11:45 pm
—Jun 15 – Lexington, KY The Burl
—July 28 Dayton, OH Trash BAsh at the Villa free/ 2pm hosted by Rob Williams
—Aug 10 – Cincinnati, OH on Fountain Square Downtown Free 7pm
—Aug 22 – Canton, OH Buzzbin Free 9pm
—Aug 23 – Canandaigua, NY Lincoln Hill Farms
—Aug 24 – Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Funhouse With Bryan McQuaid