Two-time Grammy-winning bassist Oteil Burbridge is announcing a new solo album Water In The Desert. Produced by David Ryan Harris, every track on the record was written by Burbridge and features an all-star cast of some of his favorite musicians including his brother Kofi Burbridge on keys, Dave Yoke on guitar, Lil' John Roberts, Sean O'Rourke on drums, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on strings and outstanding vocalists Alfreda Gerald and Mark Rivers. Water In The Desert will be released on October 20, 2017.
"I started writing the songs on this record about ten years ago," said Burbridge. "They are all songs about love in some way; finding out how to love yourself, hoping that another loved one will love you just as you are, believing in someone when they find it hard to believe in themselves, love gone wrong, or finally finding the "perfect fit." I feel like every problem we have on earth in some way comes back to the lack of love. That's really what this record is about. "
Burbridge has been in the music business touring and recording for over three decades. His first step into the national spotlight came in 1991 when he became a founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, a cult classic that has stood the test of time. That led to his membership in the classic rock group The Allman Brothers Band. Since 1997, his work with the band has earned him two Grammy nominations for best rock instrumental, in 2003 and 2004. Over the years, Burbridge has shared the stage with rock and blues legends such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, and Trey Anastasio. In 2012, Oteil received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his 15-year contribution to the Allman Brothers Band as the longest running bassist in the band's history.
Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart joined forces with John Mayer in 2015 to form "Dead & Company" with Burbridge on bass and Jeff Chimenti on keys. The band toured the US in the fall of 2015 and the summer of 2016 and 2017. These tours included sold-out shows at Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Citi Field and a headlining spot at Bonnaroo Music Festival. Plans for future Dead & Company shows are underway, including the destination event "Playing in the Sand" in Riviera Maya, Mexico in February 2018.
Oteil & Friends on Tour with Melvin Seals -vocals; Eric Krasno - guitar; John Kadlecik - guitar/vocals; Jay Lane - drums; Weedie Braimah - percussion; and Alfreda Gerald -vocals. *Melvin Seals will not be performing on the November 6 & 9 dates.
October 31 -- The Ardmore Music Hall; PA
November 1 -- Pour House; Charleston, SC
November 2 -- Georgia Theatre; Athens, GA
November 3 -- Salvage Station; Asheville, NC
November 4 -- Neighborhood Theater; Charlotte, NC
November 5 -- The Lincoln Theatre; Raleigh, NC
November 6 -- Fillmore; Silver Spring, MD
November 7 -- The Rex Theater; Pittsburgh, PA
November 8 -- Soundstage; Baltimore, MD
November 9 -- Le Poisson Rouge; New York, NY