Duff McKagan’s TENDERNESS (UMe) has entered the Top Debuts and Top Vinyl Debuts Charts at No. 1! The charts are compiled by the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS), a collective of 43 independently owned record stores in 25 states across the country.
Produced by (and featuring) recent Grammy winner Shooter Jennings—and praised by Rolling Stone Country editor Joseph Hudak for being “more country sounding than some mainstream Nashville releases joining it on record-store shelves”—TENDERNESS (UMe) sees McKagan reflecting on his experiences traveling the globe over two and a half years on Guns N’ Roses’ Not In This Lifetime tour. Rolling Stone’s Kory Grow called the album “raw and sobering,” adding “Tenderness is a grand gesture that works. Woke looks good on Duff.” “Duff McKagan’s punk edge hasn’t left him, but instead has been refined into a loving world view that believes there’s still a chance for humanity,” wrote Fred Thomas for AllMusic. “This bright outlook combines nicely with some of the strongest and most disarming songwriting of McKagan’s career.” Added Kerrang!,“Country-fueled it may be, rather than the expected full-pelt rock, but so open is this letter that it easily succeeds in transcending genres.” Entertainment Weekly, Chicago Tribune, Consequence of Sound, Guitar Player, Yahoo! and LA Weekly also praised the album, hailing its stunning Americana-esque sound and poignant lyricism.
Backed by Jennings and his band, McKagan’s currently touring in support of the album and playing Thalia Hall in Chicago tonight (see itinerary below).
On June 17th, the Seattle Mariners will celebrate the release of TENDERNESS by hosting “Duff McKagan Night” at T-Mobile Park. Package options include a ticket to see the game, a ticket to Duff’s June 16th gig at Showbox, a limited edition Mariners/Duff t-shirt, a copy of TENDERNESS and more – click HERE for additional info. McKagan’s Seattle takeover includes an in-store at local music shop Easy Street Records on June 18th.
McKagan has created a campaign that puts the album’s themes into action and he’s inviting fans to join him in an effort to give support to organizations doing great work. Those include Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, 320 Changes Direction, and To Write Love on Her Arms, among others. For more information, please visit propeller.la/duff.
Tour dates are as follows:
Thursday June 6th – Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL
Saturday June 8th – Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN
Monday June 10th – Historic Scoot Inn, Austin, TX
Thursday June 13th – El Rey, Los Angeles, CA
Friday June 14th – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Saturday June 15th – Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
Sunday June 16th – Showbox Presents, Seattle, WA
Thursday August 22nd – Stodola, Warsaw POLAND
Friday August 23rd – Astra, Berlin GERMANY
Saturday August 24th – Blue Moon Festival, Amsterdam HOLLAND
Monday August 26th – Gloria, Cologne GERMANY
Tuesday August 27th – Alte Feurwache, Mannheim GERMANY
Thursday August 29th – Islington Assembly Hall, London UK
Saturday August 31st – Electric Picnic Festival, Dublin EIRE
Sunday September 1st – Academy, Manchester UK
Tuesday September 3rd – Le Trabendo, Paris FRANCE
Wednesday September 4th – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BELGIUM
Friday September 6th – Dynamo, Zurich SWITZERLAND
Sunday September 8th – Saniera Club, Milan ITALY