While gearing up for the release of his new studio album Stone Rollinâ€™ (May 10th), Raphael Saadiq has announced new dates to his US tour (see routing below). The Stone Rollinâ€™ tour, which kicked off this spring included performances at SXSW and most recently, the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, where Saadiq wowed crowds with his soulful throwbacks. In addition to the new dates, NPR Music is set to premiere the album on May 2nd while VH1 has added â€œStone Rollinâ€™â€ to its playlist. Raphael Saadiq will also promote the album on television the week of its release, performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan, Last Call With Carson Daly, The Tavis Smiley Show, BETâ€™s 106 & Park and VH1â€™s â€œBig Morning Buzz Live.â€ Raphael will also be featured in an upcoming episode of Live from Abbey Road. His album track â€œGood Manâ€ also just reached the Top 20 at Urban Adult radio and was just featured in the hit VH1 reality drama, Mob Wives. Another album track, â€œGo to Hellâ€ will be featured on an upcoming episode.
Although not set for release until May, Stone Rollinâ€™ has already met with acclaim from critics across the board. Billboard magazine raves, â€œThe multifaceted artist orchestrates a skillful balance between classic influences and contemporary nuancesâ€ while NPR Music praised the album as â€œa fine set of polished throwback soulâ€¦a big, bright ball of energy, and it serves Saadiqâ€™s songs well.â€ Rolling Stone also recently named Saadiq as the â€œBest Retro Soul.â€ On this new album, Saadiq nods to his heroes like Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Little Walter and Sly Stone, while merging his own contemporary twist, one born out of a combination of his recent touring experiences, as well as inspiration derived from indie acts that hold regular rotation in his iPod. Opening with the stomping “Heart Attack,” the albumâ€™s other standout cuts include the stunning “Go To Hell,” featuring his studio squad of musicians who are melodically complimented by an angelic choir and the evocative Dixieland number “Day Dreams,â€ featuring Robert Randolph who plays steel guitar on the track.
NEW Raphael Saadiq tour dates are as follows:
May 18 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
May 19 Richmond, VA Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
May 21 W. Hampton Beach, NY PAC
May 24 Baltimore, MD Ramshead Live
May 25 Washington DC 9:30 Club
May 26 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
June 2 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
June 3 Chicago, IL Park West
June 4 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze on the West Bank
June 8 Austin, TX Stubbs