The new video for Ron Pope + The Nighthawks’ track “Hotel Room” premieres today onBaeble Music, watch HERE and share HERE. In Baeble’s words, “If gorgeous narrative-driven folk is in your wheelhouse, we’re hard pressed to name a song better suited to get that job done than ‘Hotel Room’…the track itself is a slow-burning folk stunner…If you love folk storytellers as much as we do, you can’t miss this.” The self-titled, debut album is out on January 8 on Pope’s own label Brooklyn Basement Records.
The band will kick off a 31-city North American and European tour at New York’s Irving Plaza on January 9 to celebrate the release. See full list of tour dates below. Pope previously premiered the video for the song “Bad Intentions” with The Bluegrass Situation, which can be found HERE and shared via YouTube HERE.
Following his fifth solo studio album release in 2014 and extensive worldwide touring, the Nashville-based Pope began recording new music written on the road with his favorite Brooklyn-based musicians, who later took the name The Nighthawks. The recording began in Lake Blue Ridge, Georgia, followed by a loft in Louisville, Kentucky and finished up at The Magic Shop in New York. The final album was co-produced by Pope and Grammy award winner Ted Young (The Rolling Stones, Kurt Vile, Grace Potter) with Paul Hammer, Alex Foote, Andrew Pertes, Alex Brumel, Alan Markley and Michael Riddleberger of The Nighthawks.
While recording, the band enlisted filmmaker Kelly Teacher (NoCameras Allowed, Austin To Boston) to create One Way Ticket, a feature-length documentary following the band as they record their debut album and tour the U.S. The film uses the story of Ron Pope + The Nighthawks as a backdrop to explain the state of the contemporary music industry and how to forge a career in the new digital age. “Here’s a guy who’s figured out how to do this basically by himself and is really proving the power of streaming music,” says Spotify’s D.A. Wallach in One Way Ticket. The film will screen at this year’s SXSW. Watch the trailerHERE.
As a solo artist, Pope has sold over two million singles to date and averages 15 million spins a month on Pandora. His songs have been streamed over 126 million times via Spotify, with over 100 million YouTube views and over 14 million plays on SoundCloud. His music has been featured on NBC’s “The Voice,” CW’s “Vampire Diaries” and “90210” and multiple seasons of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” which sent two of his albums into the top 100 on iTunes simultaneously. Pope also guest stared on “Nashville” as himself last season.
RON POPE + THE NIGHTHAWKS TOUR * with Jonathan Tyler † with Trevor Hall
January 9 – New York – Irving Plaza*
January 15 – London, U.K. – Koko†
January 16 – Manchester, U.K. – Academy 3†
January 17 – Glasgow, U.K. – ABC†
January 18 – Belfast, Ireland – Empire Music Hall†
January 19 – Dublin, Ireland – Whelan’s†
January 21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Noord†
January 22 – Zurich, Switzerland – Exil†
January 23 – Munich, Germany – Strom†
January 25 – Koln, Germany – Stadtgarten†
January 28 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega (Small Hall)†
January 30 – Stockholm, Sweden – Munchenbrewery†
February 18 – Atlanta, GA- Variety Playhouse
February 19 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge*
February 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre*
February 21 – Boston, MA – Royale*
February 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar*
February 24 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom*
February 25 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig*
February 26 – Chicago, IL – Metro*
February 27 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights*
March 1 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
March 2- Portland, OR – Star Theater
March 4 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
March 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom*
March 6 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom*
March 8 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
March 10 – Oklahoma City, OK – ACM Performance Lab *
March 11 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
March 12 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live *