We all saw it coming, didn’t we? I guess it was truly “inevitable” in every sense of the word. The Squirrel Nut Zippers will kick off 2020 with a run of dates with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band followed by their contractually obligated “The Inevitable 25th Anniversary Shows.”
Band leader Jimbo Mathus had this to say about the upcoming dates: “I got a call this summer from our lawyer Shorty Brown who informed me that in the original contract we signed with Mammoth Records we were contractually obligated to do a 25th anniversary tour for our debut album The Inevitable. That just goes to show you kiddos, always read the fine print.”
On select headline dates in March and April, the band will perform their entire debut album (originally released in 1995) along with a selection of hits, near misses and way out songs. Tickets for all shows will go on sale this Friday November 8th.
You can listen to the Squirrel Nut ZIppers debut album here: https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-inevitable-squirrel-nut-zippers/1443076702
Since reactivating in mid-2016 the Squirrel Nut Zippers have been performing to packed houses across the country and around the world. As band leader Jimbo Mathus has said since the band’s re-launch, ‘it’s not a reunion, it’s a revival!’ And the revival last year included the band’s first new studio album in eighteen years titled Beasts Of Burgundy. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart upon its release and the critics raved:
“There is, of course, jazz of various stripes (mainly pre-WWII varieties) on this deliciously wide-ranging comeback, but there’s so much more: sounds, identifiable and not, emanating from mysterious times and places, not the least of which is New Orleans, their home base, a land that, forever and still, has a mind of its own.” – Relix
The Squirrel Nut Zippers will also begin their third annual Holiday Caravan tour on December 5th in Plattsburgh, NY. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Between 1995-2000 the Squirrel Nut Zippers sold over three million albums. With grunge, and alternative rock in full swing back in 1995, the Squirrel Nut Zippers debut album The Inevitable sounded like nothing happening musically at the time. NPR was the first to take notice followed by an appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. The band toured their debut album heavily in North America during 1995 and 1996.
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It was about 20 years ago when NPR’s Morning Edition said: “It’s not easy to categorize the music of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, except that it’s hot.”
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot. Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot was the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut The Inevitable. By this time the group had already established a substantial live following across the country thanks to early support from NPR, college radio and non-commercial stations. Hot wound up selling over 1.3 million copies.
A newly re-mastered version of the album along with a bonus track: “The Puffer” returned to stores in July on Hollywood Records. Long out of print on vinyl, Hot has now made its glorious return to wax on 180-gram vinyl.
In honor of the 20th Anniversary of Hot, the bands visionary creator Jimbo Mathus, along with founding member and partner Chris Phillips (Drums), have crafted a brand new stage show including several leading musicians from New Orleans to serve up the bands unique musical flavor which owes its roots to that city.
Since July, the Squirrel Nut Zippers have been on tour for the first time in almost seven years. The band has performed at many major festivals this year including: Montreal International Jazz Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, LEAF Festival and the Exit Zero Jazz Fest. On top of that, they have had sold out shows in Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Little Rock, Minneapolis and more. Fans are clearly excited the band are touring again.
“We are humbled and incredibly excited by the initial Zippers shows since the re-launch,” band leader Jimbo Mathus commented. “It’s not a reunion, it’s a revival! The band includes cutting edge talent from New Orleans and the songs have been brought to life in an exciting new way. But most things remain unchanged… An amazing experience for young and old.”
Plans are underway for the band to record a brand new album, which would be their first new studio album in seventeen years.