Tuesday, January 26, 2010
– Jack Ingram will introduce Free
as the next single off his third major label album "Big Dreams & High Hopes" (Big Machine Records) on Jan. 25.
"The lyrical content is obviously what's on everybody's minds these days...what's important is all the stuff you don't have to pay for," Ingram said. "They're the sights and sounds that make you forget all your problems. And musically, it just feels like a good day comin' on...it makes you want to go outside and take a big ol' breath of fresh air...it feels like a good start for 2010."
Ingram will pack his guitar and kick off a one-man tour of listening rooms, reviving his "Acoustic Motel" tour concept from years back. The set will feature songs from his current album plus old favorites and songs from some of Ingram's biggest influences. The first date kicks off Feb. 13 at Joe's Bar in Chicago.
"I spent a lot of years on the road by myself...and a lot of my favorite songs have been written sitting on the edge of a motel bed. We're going to totally recreate that vibe for this tour...there's even a set that looks like an old dingy motel room. It's not easy to entertain a room for of people by yourself for a couple of hours, so it really comes down to the songs. It's a totally different kind of pressure than it is to play a big arena or stadium. I'm excited about trying it again."
Tour dates are:
Feb. 13 Chicago, IL Joe's Bar
Feb. 14 Minneapolis, MN The Fine Line Music Cafe
March 23 Atlanta, GA Eddie's Attic
March 24 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
March 25 Annapolis, MD Ram's Head on Stage
March 26 Foxboro, MA Showcase Live
March 28 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
March 29 New York, NY City Winery
Jack Ingram tells a crazy story about the inspiration for "Blaine's Ferris Wheel" at the end of another song, "I Feel Like Drinking Tonight." It's one of a few places where Ingram can be heard just talking. In part, this story concerns a time when Ingram was asked to open for the late Merle Haggard. But as great a storyteller Ingram is, he's even a better songwriter and "I Feel Like Drinking Tonight" ranks right up there with all those great Haggard drinking songs. »»»
Big Dreams & High Hopes
Jack Ingram spent much of the '90s polishing his star in the organic, stripped-down Texas music scene before leaving it behind for the allure (and chance for a larger career) that comes with Nashville's pop-country sound. Ingram's music has become sleeker, with drums and electric guitar thrown to the forefront in true Nashville style, but even that can't hide his slightly rugged vocals.
A bitter, darker version of honky-tonk rocker Barbie Doll was released on his 1999 album "Hey You. »»»
This is It
Before slapping the sellout tag on Jack Ingram for recording Hinder's poppy power ballad "Lips of an Angel" or chalking it up to a new record company's desperate move to make its star male sound hip and contemporary, give it a listen. Like Ingram says in the liner notes, a good song is a good song.
Problem is, if it becomes his trademark song, much like Mark Chesnutt just can't shake "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" despite everything else he's done, »»»