When Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy heads out for a string of solo dates in February, he'll be carrying a few new tunes.
Tweedy is likely to preview material from Wilco's next album, the follow-up to 1999's critically acclaimed Summer Teeth, on the tour, the band's publicist said. The new record is scheduled for a late spring or early summer release.
The band was holed up in a Chicago studio in early January working on the as-yet-untitled LP their sixth overall, including two Mermaid Avenue albums of unfinished Woody Guthrie tunes recorded with Billy Bragg. Singer/guitarist Tweedy, drummer Ken Coomer, bassist John Stirratt, guitarist Bob Egan and multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett committed roughly 20 songs to tape, 12 to 16 of which are likely to appear on the album, according to their publicist.
Tweedy's solo excursion kicks off February 25 in Philadelphia, and confirmed dates continue through a March 8 date in San Francisco. Stops in Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Eugene, Oregon, are expected to be added to the itinerary soon.
On previous solo engagements, Tweedy was often accompanied by Bennett; not this time, the publicist said. In addition to new material, fans can expect the lone singer/songwriter to perform some Wilco favorites, a few tunes from the Mermaid Avenue collaborations, and the expected obscure covers.
In other Tweedy tidbits, the former Uncle Tupelo co-principal recently completed the score to Ethan Hawke's directorial debut, "Chelsea Walls," starring Uma Thurman and Kris Kristofferson.
Here is Tweedy's confirmed itinerary to date, according to Wilco's publicist:
- 2/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
- 2/26 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
- 3/1 - Toronto, ON @ Trinity-St. Paul Center
- 3/4 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
- 3/8 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall