Hanson continue to tour with stops planned for SXSW

With Hanson’s fourth studio album, ‘The Walk,’ which debuted in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Independent Chart, the band has announced a 3rd leg of “The Walk Tour” to begin April 9th. 

In addition, Hanson will head out to Austin for two special shows at the SXSW Music Festival performing on March 13 at Austin Convention Center for Direct TV’s Concert special and on March 15 at Cedar Door.

Said Taylor Hanson, “We’re excited to get back out on the road. We love playing live and interacting with our fans. This coming set of shows will be unique, with a mix of new songs and arrangements, each show will be different from the last.”

LA Times praised the CD, “”The Walk” is intelligent mainstream rock with a soulful influence. These brothers must be seen live,” and Billboard described it as “an iconic American sound.”

Co-produced with legendary producer Danny Kortchmar (Billy Joel, James Taylor, the Eagles), The Walk was inspired, in part, by Hanson’s visits to South Africa and Mozambique, where they recruited children from the local orphanage to form a choir, who are featured on three songs on the new album including the current charity single “Great Divide.” 

The proceeds from the song “Great Divide” have gone to fund AIDS treatment and research in South Africa. The band recently visited Africa again to deliver thousands of TOMS shoes, sold through their 48, one-mile barefoot walks with fans, coinciding with their concerts across the US. Those Walk events will continue throughout the Spring leg of the tour.

Fanclub pre-sale began February 26th at 10:00 a.m.  MySpace/Local pre-sale began February 27th at 10:00 a.m. and public on-sale begins February 29th.  Further details on purchasing tickets can be found at: www.hanson.net.

Here’s a list of cities/venues where you can catch Hanson perform on The Walk Tour:  Supporting Hanson on this tour will be indie rockers Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers and Kate Voegele (first artist signed to MySpace Records).

9 La Crosse, WI       South Hall
11 Milwaukee, WI      The Rave
12 Madison, WI          Barrymore Theater
13 Green Bay, WI      Meyer Theatre
15 Indianapolis, IN      Egyptian Room
17 Covington, KY          Madison Theatre
18 Bloomington, IL         Cellular Coliseum
19 Royal Oak, MI          Royal Oak Music Hall
22 Albany, NY                 Northern Lights
23 Burlington, VT            Higher Ground
25 Northampton, MA      Calvin Theatre
26 Hampton Beach, NH      Hampton Beach Casino
29 Sayreville, NJ            Starland Ballroom

1 Falls Church, VA            State Theatre
2 Allentown, PA                Crocodile Rock
3 Lancaster, PA                  Chameleon Club
5 Asheville, NC                 Orange Peel
6 Myrtle Beach, SC           House of Blues
7 Durham, NC                  Carolina Theatre

‘The Walk’ follows the 2004 debut release on their 3CG label, ‘Underneath,’ which went to #1 on the Billboard Independent chart, producing the #2 single, “Penny and Me,” a Top 10 in the U.K. as well.

The band’s 1997 debut, ‘Middle of Nowhere,’ sold more than 4 million albums in the U.S., thanks to the chart-topping hit, “MmmBop,” which U2’s Bono has called “one of my favorite songs of all time.”

The group received three Grammy nominations that year, including Best New Artist and Record of the Year.

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