Ron Pope Announces New ‘Worktapes’ EP, 2018 Tour Dates

Ron Pope will release his new EP Worktapes on January 26 via Brooklyn Basement Records. The forthcoming EP was produced by Ron Pope and Ted Young and recorded at Welcome to 1979 Studio in Nashville and Plum Creek Sound in Austin.
The guest list on on his eighth studio album is impressive. Pope has enlisted Mike Riddleberger (Bleachers, The Defibrillators) on drums, Andrew Pertes (Demi Lovato, Big Data) on electric bass, Kai Welch (Kacey Musgraves, Sarah Jarosz) on organ, piano and accordion, Alan Markley (Maggie Rogers) on piano, Alex Foote (LPX, Greg Holden) on guitar, Jeff Malinowski (Wheeler Walker Jr., Frances Cone) on guitar, vocals, harmonica, Amal Bouhabib (New Ponies) on vocals, Courtney Trice on vocals, Charles Ray on trumpet, Nathan McLeod on tenor and baritone saxophone, Alex Brumel (Nikki Lane) on guitar, tenor saxophone, vocals, dobro, Jay Collins (the Allman Brother, Levon Helm) on tenor saxophone, Vanessa McGowan (Brandy Clark) on upright bass, Ted Young (the Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth) on percussion and Paul Hammer (Savoir Adore) on guitar and vocals.

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In a press release, Pope spoke about the pending album:
“It was scary at times, not knowing if you would make rent or have money for a sandwich, but we were usually happy and mostly we felt free. Sometimes I wish I could to back there; it certainly was simpler. Like the prophet Dylan said, “When you ain’t got nothin’ you got nothin’ to lose.” This whole Worktapes record is really about that space between childhood and adulthood, when you’re floating in the vast nothingness trying to find something to cling to so you don’t drift off into the abyss. Thank God I found people to listen to my music. It keeps me off the streets, which is good for me (and good for the streets).”
Pope sets U.S. tour with a Midwest and West Coast run beginning February 7 in Saint Louis, MO at Delmar Hall and wrapping up on March 4 in Memphis, TN at 1884 Lounge. A full list of dates can be found below. The National Parks and The Heart Of will proved support.

Ron Pope Tour
2/7 Saint Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
2/8 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
2/9 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
2/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
2/12 Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge
2/14 Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
2/15 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
2/16 Portland, OR- Wonder Ballroom
2/17 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
2/18 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
2/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
2/23 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
2/24 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
2/25 Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
2/27 Albuquerque, MI – The El Ray Theater
3/1 Austin, TX – The Parish
3/2 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
3/3 Dallas, TX – The Granada Theater
3/4 Memphis, TN – 1884 Lounge
* with The National Parks and The Heart Of

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