Jeff Tweedy Announces Summer Solo Tour and Backing Band Members
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has just announced that he’ll be bring his singular musical styling to the stage this summer…with some help, of course. Tweedy will be joined by his son Spencer, who’ll be on drums, guitarist Jim Elkington on guitar, bassist Darin Gray and keyboardist Liam Cunningham. Tweedy and crew will kick things off in Detroit on June 5 and then head East with shows in Pittsburgh, upstate New York, Baltimore and Washington D.C. After that, it’s a leg heading West through Kentucky, Wisconsin, Missouri, Oklahoma, and eventually a show at the Texas Union Ballroom in Austin, TX, on June 21. Jeff and the guys will then move on to shows in Dallas, Nashville, Ottawa and Toronto. They’ll close out the tour headlining the Taste of Chicago Festival on July 12, followed by a performance at the Newport Folk Festival on July 27.
One of the most prolific songwriters and touring musicians in modern rock, Jeff Tweedy first made a name for himself as a member of the alternative country group Uncle Tupelo, which released four albums between 1990 and 1993. He’s best known as the leader of the alt-rock group Wilco, which has put out nearly a dozen albums (counting collaborations with Billy Bragg) since 1995 — although he’s had plenty of side projects as well. Tweedy is currently working on his first solo album, which will make up half the material for his shows on this tour, the other half will consist of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo songs.