Beach Boys founder and musical innovator Brian Wilson is prepping to release his first solo album of original tunes in seven years, No Pier Pressure, on April 7. Growing increasingly more active over the past decade, the legendary singer and songwriter recruited the help of Kacey Musgraves, She & Him, and Nate Ruess (fun.), as well as fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine, David Marks, and Blondie Chaplin, among others, to guest on tracks, and provide those sweet, sweet harmonies he loves. In support of its release, Brian is hitting the road, and, to our delight, will bring his tour to the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater (formerly The Woods at Fontanel) on June 27. Reportedly, Jardine and Chaplin will join Wilson as part of his band, and folk singer Rodriguez (of Searching for Sugar Man fame) will open. Tickets begin at $40, and will go on sale April 17 at 10 a.m. CST right here. There’s a pre-sale one day prior, and we’ll be sure to update with details closer to the date.
A note on what’s up with The Beach Boys: A few years back, the closest to a “classic” surviving Beach Boys lineup possible, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks, and Bruce Johnston, reconvened to release a new album, That’s Why God Made the Radio, and to tour extensively in celebration of their 50th anniversary. After that tour, and apparently somewhat underhandedly, singer Mike Love began booking dates for his pre-reunion incarnation of “The Beach Boys,” which includes Bruce Johnston and bunch of hired guns (occasionally with David Marks). Wilson and Jardine, who have seemingly remained close over the years, were vocally put off by this decision, and had hoped to continue with the full ensemble. Since then, Wilson has retreated back to his solo setup (his band and “The Beach Boys” backing band converged for the reunion run), and, along with Jardine, his Beach Boys experience is every bit as authentic as the one that still bears the name, if not moreso (inarguably, he was the driving force behind the band’s best, most artistically relevant material). That said, you can catch the Wilson-less version of The Beach Boys March 22 at The Ryman.