Just a few days in advance of its self-titled debut BNA album, progressive country act Pinmonkey will head out on the highway beginning tomorrow (Oct. 5), with a star-studded stop in Philadelphia. The
Just a few days in advance of its self-titled debut BNA album, progressive country act Pinmonkey will head out on the highway beginning tomorrow (Oct. 5), with a star-studded stop in Philadelphia. The group will be on a bill with Tim McGraw and Martina McBride at the WXTU Philly Chili Cook Off, which will also feature sets by Sixwire and Eric Heatherly.
From there, the band will appear on the public radio program "Mountain Stage" and "CMT's Most Wanted Live" before hitting the road in earnest. It will spend the balance of the year playing a combination of dates supporting the likes of Brad Paisley and Lee Ann Womack, headlining club shows, and radio station-sponsored events.
"Pinmonkey is a really healthy blend of a lot of different music styles that needed to be blended ...everything from bluegrass to jazz to roots rock, and more thrown in," Paisley says. "I'm anxious to see what the future holds for these boys."
Due Tuesday (Oct. 8), the 11-track "Pinmonkey" showcases the lauded musical chops of members Michael Reynolds, Rick Schell, Michael Jeffers, and Chad Jeffers. In August, the album's lead single, "Barbed Wire and Roses," reached No. 25 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. A cover of Cyndi Lauper's "I Drove All Night" has been tapped as the second radio single. The entire album can be sampled on the band's official Web site.
Reynolds tells Billboard in the Oct. 12, 2002, issue that, regardless of a song's origin, "anything I sing comes out bluegrass." Schnell, who says his wife describes the band's music as "pop grass," agrees: "There's something innate in us that when we start playing something, it just comes out Pinmonkey."
Here are Pinmonkey's upcoming tour dates:
Oct. 5: Philadelphia (Philadelphia Park; WXTU event w/Tim McGraw, Martina McBride)
Oct. 6: Huntington, W.Va. (Mountain Stage)
Oct. 8: Nashville (WKDF event)
Oct. 9: Nashville ("CMT Most Wanted Live")
Oct. 10: Jackson, Tenn. (Oman Arena; w/Brad Paisley)
Oct. 11: Jackson, Miss. (Mississippi State Fair; w/Paisley)
Oct. 12: Montgomery, Ala. (Alabama National Fair; w/Paisley)
Oct. 13: Columbia, S.C. (South Carolina State Fair; w/Paisley)
Oct. 17: Denver (Paramount Theatre; w/Lee Ann Womack)
Oct. 18: Salt Lake City (Kingsbury Hall; w/Womack)
Oct. 19: Reno, Nev. (Reno Hilton Theatre; w/Womack)
Oct. 20: Jackson, Calif. (Rancheria Casino; w/Womack)
Oct. 23: Las Vegas (Boulder Station; KWNR event)
Oct. 24: Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Center; PBR Bud Lite Cup Finals)
Oct. 25-26: Cerritos, Calif. (Cerritos Center; w/Womack)
Oct. 27: Anza, Calif. (TBA)
Oct. 29: San Diego (TBA)
Oct. 31: Portland, Ore. (TBA)
Nov. 1: Post Falls, Idaho (TBA)
Nov. 2: Seattle (TBA)
Nov. 7: St. Charles, Mo. (Family Arena; w/Paisley)
Nov. 8: Owensboro, Ky. (Executive Inn Rivermont; w/Paisley)
Nov. 9: Ft Wayne, Ind. (Embassy Centre; w/Paisley)
Nov. 14: San Antonio, Texas (TBA)
Nov. 15: Ft Worth, Texas (Billy Bob's)
Nov. 16: Austin, Texas (TBA)
Nov. 21: Kansas City, Mo. (Beaumont Club)
Nov. 22: St. Robert, Mo. (the Rockin' R)
Nov. 23: Mundelein, Ill. (TBA)
Nov. 24: Minneapolis (TBA)
Dec. 6: Louisville, Ky. (Coyote's Music & Dance Hall)
Dec. 7: Raleigh, N.C. (Neon Moon; WQOR event)
Dec. 13: Kennesaw, Ga. (TBA)