Judah & the Lion Detail ‘Pep Talks’ Tour, with New Album Coming 5/3

Gisselle PernettCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

2019 is going to to be a productive, gig-heavy year for Judah & The Lion, as the band announced their Pep Talks Worldwide Tour and other performances earlier this week.

The tour is in support of the band’s new album, Pep Talks, which will be out May 3 via Cletus the Van/Caroline Records. The North American leg of the worldwide tour kicks off August 10 in Kansas City, MO and wraps up November 8 in Atlanta, GA.

Before heading out this summer, the Nashville band has a string of performances lined up, including an almost sold-out intimate listening session of the Pep Talks album across six southeast cities and a performance of their single, “Over My Head” at the Outdoor Stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 19.

The indie/folk-rock band consists of Judah Akers (Guitar and lead vocals), Brian MacDonald (Mandolin and vocals) and Nate Zuercher (Banjo and vocals). The band’s extraordinary sound comes from combining modern rock elements and their southern folk roots.

This tour will be the band’s biggest headlining tour to date, with their biggest hometown show in Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater on August 24th.

In addition to the tour announcement the band also released “Why Did You Run,” an emotionally heavier song compared to the five previously released singles off their forthcoming album.

In a press release, Akers speaks on the the story behind the song, “The first verse is about me getting a call from my mom when she was in jail but I didn’t know what to do or say. And, of course, right after I called my dad but he didn’t answer and it felt like a very lonely moment. It was like, ‘Oh, I’m in the world alone.’ I imagined how hard it’d be to be a 13-year-old kid dealing with a divorce, because here I am, a 25-year-old, and it just rocked me.”

General admission tickets and VIP Packages including a meet & greet and exclusive tour poster can be found on the band’s website: https://judahandthelion.com/events

Pep Talks Track list 

  1. “Pep Talk”
  2. “Quarter Life Crisis”
  3. “Why Did You Run”
  4. “I’m ok.”
  5. “pictures” (feat. Kacey Musgraves)
  6. “Over my head”
  7. “Queen Songs/ human. “
  8. “Don’t mess With My Mama”
  9. “7000x”
  10. “Alright (frick it!)”
  11. “GoofBallerz”
  12. “JOYBOY “
  13. “Passion Fashion” (feat. Job Bellion)
  14. “Dance With Ya”
  15. “Family/ Best Is Yet To Come”
  16. “sportz”
  17. “17”

Pep Talks Worldwide Tour
July 16 @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, UK
July 17 @ Workman’s Club in Dublin, IE
July 19 @ Oslo in London, UK
July 21 @ Lollapalooza Paris in Paris, FR
July 24 @ Paradiso (Upstairs Hall) in Amsterdam, NL
July 25 @ Knust in Hamburg, DE
July 26 @ Lido in Berlin, DE
August 10 @ Starlight Amphitheatre in Kansas City, MO
August 13 @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO*
August 14 @ Pinewood Bowl in Lincoln, NE
August 16 @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN
August 17 @ Jacob’s Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland, OH
August 21 @ Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, AL
August 22 @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC
August 23 @ Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC
August 24 @ Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN
September 5 @ Express Live! in Columbus, OH*
September 6 @ Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA*
September 7 @ Portsmouth Pavilion in Portsmouth, VA
September 8 @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC
September 12 @ The Anthem in Washington, DC*
September 13 @ The Met in Philadelphia, PA
September 14 @ House of Blues in Boston, MA
September 20 @ Terminal 5 in New York, NY*
September 27 @ 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids, MI
September 28 @ The Fillmore in Detroit, MI
October 1 @ The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
October 2 @ The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
October 3 @ Brady Theater in Tulsa, OK*
October 15 @ The Union in Salt Lake City, UT*
October 16 @ The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
October 17 @ The Observatory in San Diego, CA
October 18 @ The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
October 21 @ Roseland Theatre in Portland, OR*
October 23 @ The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA
October 24 @ The Orpheum in Vancouver, BC
October 26 @ MacEwan Hall in Calgary, AB
October 27 @ Union Hall in Edmonton, AB
October 31 @ Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN*
November 7 @ House of Blues in Orlando, FL
November 8 @ Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, GA

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