Here is word about a new Tommy Stinson album coming this summer and some live action that's going on this month, plus news that Soul Asylum are at work on a new album:
Tommy Stinson, founding member of the seminal Minneapolis-based rock group The Replacements, and current bass player for Guns N' Roses and Soul Asylum will release his second solo effort, One Man Mutiny, on his own Done To Death Music label on August 30th, 2011.
One Man Mutiny is his most fully-realized effort to date in both production quality and craftsmanship of song. "I'm finding it a lot more interesting to make music these days," says Tommy. "Especially given the musical climate as of the last few years – there are a lot of people complaining about how bad it is. I am actually embracing the challenges". This album is also a family affair for Tommy – his fiancée Emily Roberts sings harmonies on many of the songs and lead on his first ever duet, "Destroy Me," while her uncle Chip Roberts' slide guitar playing flavors the album from beginning to end.
The album was produced by Phillip Broussard, Jr. (who has engineered records for such groups as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer as well as Tommy's 1st solo effort, Village Gorilla Head) and recorded at Tommy's Bipolarbear studios in both Los Angeles and suburban Philadelphia. The exception would be "One Man Mutiny," which was recorded with Guns N' Roses members Dizzy Reed and Richard Fortus in the restaurant of the Conrad Hotel in Brussels, Belgium on a day off from their 2010 European tour, which was documented on video (along with all sorts of other adventures on the road with GnR) on Tommy's website www.tommystinson.com. The album was mixed by Sean Beavan (GnR, Nine Inch Nails, and Tommy's Village Gorilla Head).
Stinson will play a few shows in May of 2011 to preview some of the new material as well as old favorites from Bash & Pop, Perfect, and Village Gorilla Head. He'll be backed by a full rock band which will feature Mike Gent (The Figgs), fiancée Emily Roberts, Tim Schweiger, Jon Phillip (Limbeck) and special guests.
Scheduled dates thus far include:
Thursday, May 19 - Milwaukee, WI at Club Garibaldi's
Friday, May 20 – Minneapolis, MN at First Avenue
Saturday, May 21 – Chicago, IL at Double Door
Thursdays in August – Residency at Bowery Electric in New York City
As if that's not enough to keep him busy, Stinson is currently helping Soul Asylum put the finishing touches on their upcoming release and will tour with the group this summer.