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Hard Working Americans Premiere New Song 'Opening Statement': Exclusive

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Hard Working Americans photographed in 2016.

The rock supergroup Hard Working Americans is back with "Opening Statement," and Billboard has the exclusive premiere.

Singer Todd Snider reunites with Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Duane Trucks, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi and Jesse Aycock for the upcoming album Rest in Chaos, the group’s second release following their 2014 self-titled debut.

Hard Working Americans Frontman Todd Snider Keeps It Real on the Road

Snider told Billboard that the lyrics of "Opening Statement" came from a variety of sources. “The words are from a physics class I just took, a Reagan speech I just read (his last), and notes I wrote a person who just rejected me," the frontman said via email. "Combined, I don’t know what they mean, but what I am hoping people hear is the melody and the feeling the band conjures up around it, so the words can mean whatever people want them to.”

The songs on Rest in Chaos are all based on poetry that Snider has written, with the lone exception being a career highlight for the band: Legendary tunesmith Guy Clark penned “The High Price of Inspiration,” also adding vocals and guitar work on the cut as well.

The album drew praise from critic Dave Marsh, who calls Rest in Chaos "one of the most well-sustained albums I’ve heard in years.” The album goes on sale May 13, with presale beginning now.

Hard Working Americans Rest In Chaos initial tour dates:
(dates and venues subject to change)
May 14 - Park West - Chicago, IL
May 15 - Park Street Saloon - Columbus, OH
May 17 - The Gramercy Theatre - New York City, NY
May 18 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
May 20 - The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
May 21 - The National - Richmond, VA
May 22 - Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC
May 24 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
May 25 - Minglewood Hall - Memphis, TN
May 26 - Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
May 27 - Knucklehead's - Kansas City, MO