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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Black Diamond Heavies to Release New Album

Los Angeles, CA - Alive Records will release the new album by southern punk-ass blues duo Black Diamond Heavies on June 10. Titled A Touch of Someone Else`s Class, the band recorded the album with producer Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Akron Analog studio.

Black Diamond Heavies are a two-piece consisting of John Wesley Myers on bass keys, fender Rhodes, organ, and vocals (left hand of rhythm, right hand of soul) and Van Campbell completing the lineup on drums and vocals. A family pedigree that has Myers` father a Baptist preacher and Campbell coming from a family of bourbon distillers (seriously, "Old Rip Van Winkle"), the Heavies are about nothing but pounding out their raucous punk take on the blues and soul, southern style.

Their critically lauded debut Alive Records release, Every Damn Time, was hailed by NME as "damn brilliant…a fabulous debut" as well as "an impressive set of messed-up 21st century blues" by All Music Guide. On the road for the better part of a year, the duo has performed several times throughout the U.S. and Europe. The band is currently touring the States through April, then head back overseas performing in the UK, Ireland, France and Spain.

The CD version of A Touch of Someone Else`s Class comes with two different covers; one featuring John`s keyboards and the other Van`s drum kit. The CD version will also include one bonus track not included on the LP. The initial pressing of the vinyl version comes in RED and is limited to 500 copies.

Black Diamond Heavies US tour

April 12: Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
April 13: Portland, OR - Dante`s
April 14: Cottage Grove, OR - Axe and Fiddle
April 15: Arcata, CA - Alibi
April 16: Sacramento, CA - The Blue Lamp
April 17: San Francisco, CA - The Hemlock Tavern
April 18: San Diego, CA - Zombie Lounge, with The Bloody Hollies
April 19: Los Angeles, CA - Safari Sam`s, with The Bloody Hollies
April 20: Tucson, AZ - Plush
April 21: Phoenix, AZ - The Rhythm Room
April 22: Las Cruces, NM - Wild-Ass Party
April 23: Albuquerque, NM - Atomic Cantina
April 24: Denver, CO - Hi Dive
April 25: Columbia, MO - The Blue Fugue
April 26: St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway

Black Diamond Heavies European tour

May 9: Bristol, UK - Mr. Wolf`s
May 10: Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds
May 13: Newcastle, UK - Head of Steam
May 14: York, UK - Junction
May 15: London, UK - The Gramaphone
May 16: Dublin, Ireland - Sugarclub
May 21: Bordeaux, France - Le Fiacre
May 22: Tulle, France - Des Lendemains Qui Chantent
May 23: Spain - TBA
May 24: Spain - TBA
May 25: Angouleme, France - Mars Attack
May 26: France - TBA
May 27: Nantes, France - Sputnik Bar
May 28: Antwerpen, Belgium - Mundial Bar
May 29: Utrecht, Netherlands - Db`s
May 30: Netherlands - TBA
May 31: Leicester, UK - Leicester City Blues Festival

Additional US dates

July 11: Tuscaloosa, AL - Ham Bagby`s
July 19: Lake Elmo, MN - The Deep Blues Festival

For more information on Alive Naturalsound Records, please visit on the web at www.alive-totalenergy.com.


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