As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on November 12, 2008, DOWN will team up with hellbilly rocker Hank Williams III (ASSJACK, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ARSON ANTHEM) for a U.S. tour in February/March. Also scheduled to appear on the bill are EVIL ARMY and WEEDEATER.
The following dates have been announced so far:
Feb. 15 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Feb. 17 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
Feb. 18 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Centre
Feb. 20 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings
Feb. 21 - Fargo, ND - The Venue
Feb. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave.
Feb. 24 - Traverse City, MI - Streeter's
Feb. 25 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
Feb. 26 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
Feb. 28 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Mar. 01 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
Mar. 02 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland
Mar. 04 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
Mar. 05 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Mar. 06 - Nashville, TN - The Cannery
Mar. 08 - New Orleans, LA - Southport Music Hall
Mar. 09 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Mar. 11 - San Antonio, TX - The Scout Bar
Mar. 12 - Dallas, TX - Palladium
Mar. 13 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
Mar. 15 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
Mar. 17 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theater
Mar. 18 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Mar. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
Mar. 20 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom
DOWN bassist Rex Brown has told Billboard.com that there's "a lot of material left over" from 2007's "Over the Under" album, which was recently released in a deluxe edition through Best Buy. The outtakes will be considered for the fourth DOWN album, but Brown added that the quintet is also "writing constantly on the road. We still have all these ideas, and we play a lot of new stuff at sound check, just to feel it out. Hopefully we can get back in the studio in the fall and work on something." Also in the works is a documentary of DOWN's 2006 reunion after a nearly four-year hiatus, including both live and behind-the-scenes footage. "It's kind of about us learning how to walk together again," Brown said. "It just chronicles the life on the road of us starting to play again. We're right in the middle of it now."
Hank Williams III's sixth album, "Damn Right Rebel Proud", was released on October 21, 2008 via Sidewalk Records. According to a press release, the CD is "filled with a self-described 'Jekyll and Hyde' mix of disturbingly dark stuff and 'good ol' country.'"
"Damn Right Rebel Proud" follows the fierce and edgy "Straight to Hell" (2006), which broke all the rules of country music while still managing to honor its traditions. "That was a big one for me, man," III says of "Straight to Hell". "Rock kids that don't listen to country understood it. That record really had an impact."