After re-tooling its line-up last sping when bassist Paul Kimble left the group, the L.A. based Grant Lee Buffalo has returned with a soulful new approach for its fourth album, "Jubilee," due out June 9.
With ex-Tonic bassist Dan Rothschild and veteran multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion joining guitarist/vocalist Grant Lee Phillips and drummer Joey Peters, the revamped Buffalo decided to expand its palette even more, and enlisted help from such artists as Wallflowers' keyboardist Rami Jaffee, Robyn Hitchcock and E from the Eels for the sessions.
Long-time friend Michael Stipe even stopped by the studios to provide vocals on "Everybody Needs A Little Sanctuary," a reciprocal gesture of sorts as Buffalo contributed a song, "The Whole Shebang," for the upcoming "Velvet Goldmine" soundtrack which the R.E.M. vocalist compiled. Stipe's association with the band dates back to when Grant Lee Buffalo served an opening stint on R.E.M.'s Monster Tour.
Buffalo had been playing
once a week gigs in L.A. to solidify its sound before it embarks on a club tour to preview material from "Jubilee." The dates announced so far are:
- 4/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Largo
- 4/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Largo
- 5/2 - Los Angeles, CA @ Largo
- 5/6 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
- 5/8 - Atlanta, GA @ TBA
- 5/9 - Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park
- 5/11 - Boston, MA @ TBA
- 5/13 - New York, NY @ TBA
- 5/15 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 5/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
- 5/19 - Chicago, IL @ Shuba's
- 5/20 - Chicago, IL @ Shuba's
- 5/21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Cafe
- 5/26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Orange County Coachhouse