“Hell or High Water,” the new video from Ron Pope & The Nighthawks, premieres via Paste. The band’s debut, self-titled album is available now on Brooklyn Basement Records. After a successful European run, Pope and the band will resume their North American dates in Atlanta on February 18. See full list of tour dates below.
Pope, who completed his fifth solo studio album in 2014, began writing new songs on the road that he brought to his favorite Brooklyn-based musicians. While recording, The Nighthawkswere born.
The sessions 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 (No Cameras 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. Watch the trailer HERE.
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,” “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
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 *