The Bacon Brothers are proud to announce the kick-off of The Shaky Ground Tour 2019, which will see them winding their way across the U.S. this summer. “We’re excited to be playing some of our favorite places as well as discovering new ones. It’ll be fun to go out with some great new music to share!” – Kevin Bacon.
The band have also inked a management deal with TKO Artist Management, best known for guiding the career of country music superstar, Toby Keith. TK Kimbrell stated that “The first time I heard The Bacon Brothers music, I was blown away. Their rich history in all aspects of music – singing, writing, performing and musicianship – is very impressive. TKO Artist Management is excited and looking forward to further exposing their music.” And according to Michael Bacon, the feeling’s mutual. “Kevin and I are thrilled to be working with TKO Artist Management. From the beginning we felt that they understood the nuances of our band and we are excited for them to get us to where we want to be. It is an honor to be working with such talented people.”
Fiercely devoted to making music, even from an early age, The Bacon Brothers cite such varied influences as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Motown, Led Zeppelin, Philly soul, James Taylor, Pete Seeger and Chet Atkins, just to name a few. The two siblings share a singular body of work that’s found them spending over 20 years working the road and paying their dues, resulting in nine albums – Forosoco (1997), Getting There (1999), Can’t Complain (2001), Live: The No Food Jokes Tour (2003), White Knuckles (2005), New Year’s Day (2009), Philadelphia Road (2011) 36 Cents (2014), and the eponymous, The Bacon Brothers (2018)– spanning rock, soul, folk and Americana. Never content to be typecast, they’re fiercely devoted to the cause of making music, undeterred by fame, fortune or the pitfalls that frequently obstruct the path to success.
It’s not that either brother lacks the means to steal the spotlight. Kevin Bacon is an award-winning actor with 80 films and dozens of television and stage credits to his name, resulting in numerous Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations cited in his resume. Older brother Michael initially began making music in their native Philadelphia before moving to Nashville where his songwriting career blossomed by leaps and bounds. An Emmy-winning composer, he most recently scored Goodface Film’s Master Maggie, starring Lorraine Bracco, Kenan Thompson, and Brian Dennehy, which will premiere at The TriBeCa Flim Festival in late April 2019. Other recent works include the audiobook: You Don’t Look Your Age…And Other Fairytales and the HBO documentary RX: Early Detection with Sandra Lee which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year.
Still, while it’s clear that Michael and Kevin don’t view the band as simply a sideline, their commitment is clear. Indeed, the high points have been many. Kevin points to an opening slot for The Band at Carnegie Hall, surveying the Texas landscape in the midst of a lightning storm, rocking the Stone Pony on the Jersey Shore and Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. For Michael, it’s been all about touring in Germany and Japan, and the fascination he feels performing for overseas audiences.
So while casual observers may be awed by their Hollywood credentials, critics have been quick to note that the brothers – Michael on vocals, guitar and cello and Kevin on vocals, guitar and percussion — along with the band that’s been with them since the beginning — Paul Guzzone (bass, backing vocals), Joe Mennonna (keyboards, accordion), Tim Quick (lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals) and Frank Vilardi (drums) — eschew any hint of glitz and glamour in favor of an ethic gleaned.
Founder and President, TK Kimbrell, opened TKO Artist Management® in 1987 and signed his first client, singer/songwriter Mac McAnally. In 1989 he added Sawyer Brown to his roster and worked with them for 15 years. Since then, TKO has represented legendary artists including Glen Campbell and Chris LeDoux and overseen the global success of Toby Keith. Other artists currently managed by TKO include Ashley Campbell, Krystal Keith, Ned LeDoux, Mac McAnally and Waterloo Revival.
SHAKEY GROUND TOUR 2019
July 13—Millville, NJ—Levoy Theatre
July 14—Dewey Beach, DE—Bottle & Cork
July 18—Hopewell, VA—The Beacon Theatre
July 19-21—Alexandria, VA—The Birchmere
July 23—Durham, NC—Carolina Theatre
July 25—Charleston, SC–Charleston Music Hall
July 27–Peachtree City, GA—Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre
July 28—Ocala, FL—Reilly Arts Center
August 3—Las Vegas, NV—Red Rock Casino Resort Spa
August 4—Phoenix, AZ—Musicial Instrument Museum
August 5—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up Tavern
Aug 7—San Juan Capistrano, CA—The Coach House
Aug 8—Agoura Hills, CA—The Canyon
Aug 9-10—Napa, CA—Blue Note Napa
Aug 17—Kent, OH—The Kent Stage
Aug 21—Minneapolis, MN—Dakota Jazz
Aug 23—Riverside, IA—Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
Aug 24–Fort Wayne, IND—ClydeTheatre
Aug 25—Pittsburgh, PA—Jergel’s
Sep 19-20—New York, NY—Sony Hall
Sep 21—Ridgefield, CT—Ridgefield Playhouse
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