miggs have set a September 11th release date for their fifth album, entitled 15th & Hope. ABC provided these details:
The album's first single, "Stars," will be released to AAA radio stations nationwide later this month and a video for the song will be released soon. In the meantime, a lyric video has been created for the album's lead track, "Pretty," which can be seen here.
A three-week tour, along with Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, will commence on October 17 in Seattle at Tractor Tavern.
When it came time to record their new album, miggs--Don Miggs (lead vocals/lead guitar), Michael Lombardo (bass), Walker Adams (drums), John Luzzi (guitar)--turned to legendary producer Phil Ramone (Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Carly Simon, Frank Sinatra).
As singer/guitarist Don Miggs commented, "It's hard to speak about Phil Ramone without first reminding people what the name means: Phil Ramone has 15 Grammy® Awards and about three dozen nominations. He has a Lifetime Grammy award. He is a last remaining icon in an industry quick to announce and quicker to denounce 'genius,' and we are the closest thing he's done to a 'Rock' band since Billy Joel. Our experience with Phil was better than I imagined it could be. 15TH & HOPE doesn't sound anything like a 'Phil Ramone' record. It sounds like a better miggs record and that's the secret to being Phil. He inspired me throughout the whole recording process by sharing his amazing behind-the-scenes stories about experiences with many influential artists across the span of his career. With no pressure felt at all, he very easily managed to extract the best out of each of us. I did things I didn't think I was capable of. The overall feeling in the studio felt like family. I looked forward to every session. It all went by so quickly. I am so honored to have worked with him."
It was an equally memorable and cherished experience for Phil Ramone himself. "When I stepped into the studio I was rewarded with a great musical experience," he says. "Don Miggs, the player, the vocalist and writer brings a lot of heart to the table. The band matches that with energy and great attitude. I am excited for people to experience this collection of miggs songs with thought-provoking lyrics and his subtle guitar brilliance."
With Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers:
Wed 10/17 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
Thu 10/18 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Fri 10/19 San Francisco, CA Café DuNord
Sat 10/20 Hermosa Beach, CA Saint Rocke
Sun 10/21 Denver, CO Bluebird
Tue 10/23 St Louis, MO Old Rock House
Wed 10/24 Nashville, TN Exit/In
Thu 10/25 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre
Fri 10/26 Orlando, FL Social
Sat 10/27 Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar
Sun 10/28 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
Tue 10/30 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
Wed 10/31 Rochester, NY Waterstreet Music Hall
Thu 11/1 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
Fri 11/2 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Sat 11/3 Washington, DC Howard Theatre
Sun 11/4 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Tue 11/6 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
Wed 11/7 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall
Thu 11/8 Chicago, IL Park West
Fri 11/9 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Sat 11/10 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Café