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Uel Dee - Guitar
Cyle Bones - Vocals
Cain Cobra - Drums
Dee Bone - Bass
Admiral Collier - Piano, Orgaan

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“If my Southern heart’s still pumping blood/I’ll bury my money in the mighty Mississippi mud,” sings The Weeks’ Cyle Barnes on Dear Bo Jackson’s “Brother In The Night.” “If my Southern lungs won’t let me breathe/I’ll wait for the cicadas and I’ll let ‘em push it out for me.”

With that powerful verse, The Weeks stake a claim as heirs to the timeless tradition of Southern rock. Dear Bo Jackson, the Nashville-based band’s Serpents and Snakes debut, sees them enriching their already well-seasoned sonic stew with the classic flavors of soul, R&B, funk, and heavy boogie to fashion a forward-facing sound all their own. Big brass, lush strings, and twangy pedal steel have been fused into their distinctive sludge pop, with Sam Williams’ greasy guitars and the highly charged engine room of bassist Damien Bone and drummer/Cyle’s brother Cain Barnes now officially joined by keyboardist Alex Admiral Collier. Throughout the album, songs like the aforementioned “Brother In The Night” and the exuberant title track see Cyle Barnes rending his throat raw as he testifies dramatic and truthful tales of modern Southern lives, always full of hope despite often punishing circumstances.

“The South is a different beast than the rest of the world,” he says. “We’ve all been aged and worn in a very fine way because of it. I think even if we didn’t want to write about the South, it’d still come out in our songs.”

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, The Weeks came together in 2006 and 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 boys’ teenage years would suggest. Like any great rock ‘n’ roll outfit worth its salt, The Weeks 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 Allstars, and the one and only Meat Puppets. Their extraordinary energy and outsized performances – not to mention a series of well-received independently issued releases – earned them a fervent fan following and ultimately, a deal with the like-minded Serpents and Snakes Records.

By summer 2010, it had become clear that sleepy Jackson could no longer contain the mighty Weeks. The band left their old Mississippi home for the bright lights of Nashville, and, as Williams says, “it’s been non-stop ever since.” Serpents and Snakes reissued the band’s second full-length outing, Gutter Gaunt Gangster, earning them reams of national applause, including Amazon.com naming the collection among its top 10 “Outstanding 2012 Albums You Might Have Missed.”

Where that album – like all The Weeks’ previous recordings – was recorded fast and on the cheap, the band opted to take a more leisurely tack in making its follow-up. They spent six months at pre-production, resulting the most fully articulated demos of their career. When time came to record the album proper, their search for a producer led them to Paul Moak, a Grammy Award-nominated producer/engineer/mixer and perhaps most importantly, a fellow Jacksonian.

“Our first tour van was bought from his grandfather’s car dealership,” Williams says. “When we walked into the studio, there was this big metal sculpture of Mississippi with a heart over Jackson. The vibe was unbelievable right away. As soon as we started tracking, we knew.”

The Weeks set to work at Moak’s Music City studio, The Smoakstack, determined to push themselves further than ever before. Drawing inspiration from such iconic works of Americana as The Band’s Music From Big Pink, the band’s first goal was to incorporate new musical elements into their own inimitable take on Americana.

“We set down the law, day one, we’re not interested in making it sound like our live show,” Williams says. “We’ve done that. We wanted this record to be bigger, more grandiose. The core of it is still all livetracked, we’ve just never had horns and pedal steel and backup singers and all that jazz.”

Much of Dear Bo Jackson’s all-inclusive sound can be credited to The Weeks’ very own Garth Hudson, Alex Admiral Collier, whose compositional background and proficiency on an array of instruments enabled the band to build their inventive arrangements from within. Adding color to such standouts as “King Sized Death Bed” and “Gobi Blues” are legendary pedal steel guitarist Bucky Baxter – “the most unbelievable musician I’ve ever seen in person,” says Williams – as well as their buddy Carl Gatti on trombone and faux French Horn. What’s more, friends from throughout the new Nashville rock scene – including Jonny “Corndawg” Fritz – dropped into The Smoakstack to lend backing vocals and a collective stamp to the proceedings.

“We just told everybody, ‘Hey, we’re cookin’ wings today,” Williams says. “Just come by the studio, eat some wings, and we’ll figure out your part.”

As The Weeks’ world grew by leaps and bounds, Cyle Barnes brought every ounce of their exceptional experiences to the lyrical table. “I’m not supposed to die like this/I’m supposed to be somewhere else/At the end of blade, maybe engulfed in flames/something flashier than myself,” he laments on “This Ain’t My Stop,” “No one rolls to pick their souls/but I’m glad with the one I got/Get me off this train, land this plane/This sure as hell ain't my stop, this ain’t my stop,” revealing a young artist grappling with morals, mortality and the ever-lonely life on the road. Elsewhere, songs like the album-closing combo of “Chicahominy” and “Woe Is I” see The Weeks exploring their Mississippi roots and their current place in the world, with all the profound joy and unfathomable sadness that entails.

“We all had to grow up a good bit in the past year or so,” Barnes says. “The songs express the good times that we had and the really hard times. We made it though, but we wanted the record to really express how we were feeling during that time.”

Justifiably proud of what they’ve accomplished in Dear Bo Jackson, The Weeks are now – probably even as you read this – out on the road, growing their familial fanbase with each sweat-soaked gig. True lifers in the classic Southern rock tradition, The Weeks hold fast to the very same ambition and artistic fervor that first kickstarted them into action in a Jackson garage.

“I’ve been doing this with these dudes since I was 14,” Williams says. “I’ve no idea – nor do I care – how to do anything else.”

“The Weeks are pretty sure about what we want in life and we’re pretty sure about what we want to do as a band so we’re kinda hard to sway,” Barnes says. “Everything happened in a very fluid fashion and hasn’t been forced at all. We just want to continue doing this, with these people, for as long as we can. We love each other. It’s family.”
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The Weeks drop new lyric video for Buttons

The Weeks just dropped a new lyric video for the infectious "Buttons," check it out!

Be sure to catch the band in Ontario starting this weekend:
6/28 - St. Catharines ON - SCENE Music Festival
7/3 - Toronto ON - Lee's Palace (with Deer Tick)
7/4 - Toronto ON - TURF - Toronto Urban Roots Festival

Stay tuned for more announcements around "Buttons"...
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The Weeks announce 2014 Communion, US tour

Nashville-based crooners The Weeks have announced a heavy list of early 2014 American tour dates. The six-piece will kick off the year on the annual Communion Tour. The tour comes as the brainchild of Mumford and Son's keyboardist nearly two years ago and brings artists of all genres and backgrounds together in venues around the States.

THE WEEKS' 2014 COMMUNION TOUR DATES
1/7/14 - New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
1/8/14 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
1/9/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
1/14/14 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
1/15/14 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
1/16/14 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge w/ Jake Bugg
1/21/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
1/22/14 - Madison, WI @ Frequency
1/23/14 - Rock Island, IL @ Ribco

Leaving themselves with seldom a day off, following the Communion Tour The Weeks head straight into their next tour that will see them playing a string of Texas shows - including a Nashville stop alongside English wunderkind Jake Bugg - and West Coast dates.

THE WEEKS' 2014 TOUR DATES
2/1/14 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium w/ Jake Bugg
2/11/14 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
2/12/14 - Bryan, TX @ The Grand Stafford Theater
2/13/14 - Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live
2/14/14 - Austin, TX @ The Historic Scoot Inn
2/15/14 - Laredo, TX @ Old No. 2
2/17/14 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
2/19/14 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
2/20/14 - San Diego, CA @ The Griffin
2/21/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
2/22/14 - Mammoth Lakes, CA @ Underground Lounge
2/28/14 - Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar

bit.ly target="_blank">Click here for a full list of tour dates and ticket info.
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The Weeks premiere "King-Sized Death Bed" video

Just in time for Halloween, Nashville-based outfit The Weeks have released a video for "Kind-Sized Death Bed" and premiered it exclusively on NME. The video follows a naive mattress salesman and curious pursuit of a mysterious woman who had visited his store. The night makes a turn for the worst and some blood-sucking ensues.

bit.ly target="_blank">Click here to watch the "Kind-Sized Death Bed" video.

The track is the latest single off the band's debut album Dear Bo Jackson, available now on iTunes.

smarturl.it target="_blank">Click here to purchase Dear Bo Jackson.
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Stream The Weeks' new Daytrotter session!

The Weeks have released a new four-track session over on Daytrotter. The tracks are fresh off the band's recent release, Dear Bo Jackson, distributed by Dine Alone on behalf of Nashville-based label Serpents & Snakes.

TRACKLIST
1. King-Sized Deathbed
2. Ain't My Stop
3. Slave To The South
4. Brother In The Night

Click www.daytrotter.com target="_blank">HERE to stream the Daytrotter session and itunes.apple.com target="_blank">HERE to check out Dear Bo Jackson on iTunes.

The band have released news of a handful of tour dates in select Canadian cities (listed below) to add to their current batch of UK, European, and American tour dates. A full list of tour stops and ticket links can be found dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.
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The Weeks announce Canadian tour dates

Mississippi natives The Weeks have announced a handful of Canadian tour dates set for this Summer in support of their debut release, Dear Bo Jackson (Serpents & Snakes).

THE WEEKS' CDN TOUR DATES
August 1 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
August 11 - Ottawa, ON - Mercury Lounge
August 13 - Quebec City, QC - L'Agitee
August 14 - Montreal, QC - Divan Orange
August 15 - Peterborough, ON - The Red Dog Tavern


For a full list of tour dates, including the UK, Europe, and all of North America click dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.

You can get your hands on a digital copy of Dear Bo Jackson itunes.apple.com target="_blank">HERE on iTunes.
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