String Cheese Incident Plans New Album, Live Dates

Denver-based jam band String Cheese Incident is eyeing a fall release for its next studio album. The as-yet-unnamed set was recorded over the past few months at the Record Plant in Sausalito, Calif.,

Denver-based jam band String Cheese Incident is eyeing a fall release for its next studio album. The as-yet-unnamed set was recorded over the past few months at the Record Plant in Sausalito, Calif., with producer Youth (Verve, Crowded House) and engineer Clive Goddard (Marianne Faithfull, Pulp), and will be issued via the band's own SCI Fidelity label.

The album will be the follow-up to 2001's "Outside Inside," which peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 6 on the Top Independent Albums tally. Since then, SCI has released more than 50 live recordings through its "On the Road" CD series, moving more than 80,000 copies, according to SCI Fidelity. The latest release is the 10-disc New Year's Eve box documenting the band's three-show run at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to ring in 2003.

The hard touring band is in the midst of a spring run that touches down tonight (April 16) in Richmond, Va., and continues through a April 26-27 finale in Minneapolis. As previously reported, the tour includes two sets each night of the April 19-20 Suwannee Bound festival.

SCI has also just confirmed a pair of Sedona, Ariz., shows over the U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend. The group will perform May 24-25 at the Georgia Frontiere Performing Arts Pavilion in Sedona Cultural Park. Advance tickets are priced at $27.50 per day or $50 for a two-day pass and are available through SCIticketing.com or by calling 303-544-5875.

String Cheese Incident is also slated to play two sets June 19 as headliners of the first day of the 30th anniversary Telluride (Colo.) Bluegrass Festival. Others playing the June 19-22 event include Alison Krauss & Union Station, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Susan Tedeschi, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Nickel Creek, and Leftover Salmon, as well as Australian artists Kasey Chambers and the Waifs. For more information, visit the Planet Bluegrass Web site.