Multi-talented and respected singer-songwriter, Riley Etheridge Jr., has humbled many listeners with his poetic and raw songwriting. He's released four-albums, a stellar collection filled with "haunting and healing stories of the human condition, each emotionally resonate and thoughtfully placed within well-developed thematic albums." From this somber songwriting style, Etheridge has done the complete opposite and has debuted a collection of party songs displayed on his new record, The Straight and Narrow Way.
“I remember a gig in North Carolina. During the third or fourth song people came down from their seats and danced,” the NYC-based artist recalls. “It just lifted all of us up, it was fun, and I realized a new way I could connect with people.” This album bloomed over a weekend of creative, collaborative minds with longtime producer, Wendell Tilley and guitarist, Shane Theriot (Neville Brothers and Dr. John), who has also played in Etheridge's live band, but hasn't participated in the creative process until now. The trio decided to see where loud rock n' roll jam sessions would fit in with Etheridge's vocals and style. In drummer and guest musician, Jim Keltner's words, it was described like "Steely Dan got lost over a long weekend in New Orleans."
The Straight and Narrow Way was produced and recorded in Los Angeles, Nashville and New Orleans. The album also features a plethora of guest musicians, including Sara Watkins from Nickel Creek, Joe Sample vocalist Erica Falls, former Allman Brother Johnny Neel, Dan Dugmore (Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor), and drummer Keltner (Traveling Wilburys, Bob Dylan, Elvis, John Lennon).
Riley Etheridge Jr. will be hitting the road this April & May, joining iconic American singer/songwriter Leon Russell. The shows launch on April 23rd in Ithaca, NY and continue through May 4th in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Before the tour, Riley and his band will perform two special New York area shows – first at the Rockwood Music Hall with special guest, Erica Falls and next, a CD release party at The Turning Point in Piermont.
Wed/Mar-19 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall "The Straight and Narrow Way" unplugged (w/special guest Erica Falls)
Sat/Apr-19 Piermont, NY @ The Turning Point (CD Release Party)
Riley Etheridge Jr. On Tour - Supporting Leon Russell:
Wed/Apr-23 Ithaca, NY @ Hangar Theatre
Thu/Apr-24 Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works
Fri/Apr-25 Rochester, NY @ Armory
Sun/Apr-27 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Mon/Apr-28 Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre
Tue/Apr-29 Chicago, IL @ Mayne Stage
Wed/Apr-30 Chicago, IL @ Mayne Stage
Fri/May-02 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
Sat/May-03 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Sun/May-04 La Crosse,WI @ The Cavalier Theater
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Source: Skye Media & Rock Ridge Music