Serpents and Snakes Records is proud to announce the upcoming release of Dear Bo Jackson, the eagerly anticipated label debut from The Weeks. The album arrives in stores and at all DSPs on April 30th.
Dear Bo Jackson was recorded with Grammy Award-nominated producer/engineer Paul Moak at his Nashville studio, The Smoakstack, shortly after the Jackson, Mississippi-based band’s relocation to Music City USA. Drawing inspiration from such iconic works of Americana as The Band’s Music From Big Pink, The Weeks enriched their already well-seasoned sonic stew with the classic flavors of soul, R&B, funk, and heavy boogie to create their own unique take on contemporary Southern rock. Big brass, lush strings, and twangy pedal steel have been fused into the band’s trademark sludge pop sound, with Sam Williams’ greasy guitars and the highly charged engine room of bassist Damien Bone and drummer Cain Barnes now officially joined by master keyboardist Alex Admiral Collier. Throughout the album, songs like “Brother In The Night” and the exuberant title track see Cyle Barnes’ rending his throat raw as he tells dramatic and truthful tales of modern Southern lives, full of hope despite often punishing circumstances. Dear Bo Jackson shows The Weeks to be not unlike the legendary athlete of the album’s title: indisputable all-stars, capable of just about anything (see attached tracklisting).
Coming together in 2006, The Weeks instantly came to define the sound of Southern Rock in the 21st Century – their grunge-powered, high-octane anthems rich with a bottomless Delta soul far deeper than the band’s teenage years would suggest. Like any great rock ‘n’ roll outfit worth its salt, the band played as often as humanly possible, with countless club dates across the Southeast and tours alongside such like-minded acts as Local H, North Mississippi All-Stars, and the one and only Meat Puppets. Their extraordinary energy and outsized performances earned them an ever more fervent fan following, as did a series of well-received independently issued releases. Gutter Gaunt Gangster, the band’s second full-length outing, earned critical applause upon its Serpents and Snakes re-release, with Amazon.com naming the collection among its top 10 “Outstanding 2012 Albums You Might Have Missed.”
The Weeks have just wrapped the first leg of their “Thick As Thieves Tour,” a midwinter trek that saw the band bringing the heat to frigid cities like Louisville, Lexington, Columbus, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Hoboken, New York, Richmond, Norfolk, and Charlotte. The band’s raucous set at NYC’s famed Mercury Lounge proved so thrilling that it was included in Rolling Stone’s recent “Hottest Live Photos of 2013” feature (www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/the-hottest-live-photos-of-2013-20121212/the-weeks-0322913).
In addition, The Weeks found time to pay a visit to the hit radio/DirecTV series, The Artie Lange Show, where they performed such longtime fan favorites as “Steamboat” and Gutter Gaunt Gangster’s groovy single, “The House That We Grew Up In.” The performances are streaming now at The Artie Lange Show’s official YouTube channel: “Steamboat” can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0fIfMkeMY4, with “The House We Grew Up In” streaming at www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dHyOxlI61I.