Watch a New Stop-Motion Video for ‘Irish Girl,’ from Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs (LP Out This Friday 11/20)


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This Friday, Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs will release Wreckless Abandon, their debut full-length album that’s been in the works for a while and saw its initial Spring 2020 release delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic (and a health setback faced by Campbell).

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On Monday, the band shared a new song from the album, “Irish Girl,” which came with a visually impressive stop-motion video from director/animator Steven Mertens. Depicting the band playing in miniature form, it’s a sight to behold:

“Irish Girl is my favorite lyric on the record,” said Campbell of the song. “It’s whimsical and more poetic than most of the Knobs’ songs. I was inspired to write it driving home late one-night listening to Van Morrison on the radio. When I got home, the song just came to me. It’s very simple musically and I love the sound of the record. It reminds me of Ireland.

With the album’s release finally drawing near, the Dirty Knobs also rolled out a special means of celebrating its arrival. They’ll play a live stream concert event from the Troubadour in West Hollywood at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT the night of its release, as a fundraising effort for NIVA — the National Independent Venue Association, a coalition of indie music venues that formed due to the pandemic as a means of garnering support to ensure these venues’ ability to withstand these tough times.

Access to watch the live stream will be free, but viewers are highly encouraged to make a donation to NIVA. This is the same organization behind the recent #SaveOurStages virtual festival, which took place in mid-October and featured performances from top-tier acts spread across the United States (including the Foo Fighters and Miley Cyrus), performing special sets from beloved indie music venues.

Click here for more details about the Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs live stream, and also to make a donation to NIVA.

As for Wreckless Abandon, the Dirty Knobs have previewed it in recent weeks with a few songs. Like “F*** That Guy,” which features a video with appearances from comedian Jeff Garlin and actor Danny Trejo. The clip depicts an all-around unlikable guy walking around pandemic-era Los Angeles, generally bringing the ire of all who encounter him.

The album’s title track was the first shared from the album months ago:

It’s worth noting that the Dirty Knobs are not a “new project” for Campbell, however. Per a news release:

The Dirty Knobs came together nearly 12 years ago, after Campbell met guitarist Jason Sinay (Neil Diamond, Ivan Neville) at a session and liked the way their guitars sounded together. What began as a less structured project for Campbell in between The Heartbreakers’ touring became something else altogether when they added the rhythm section of bassist Lance Morrison (Don Henley) and drummer Matt Laug (Slash, Alanis Morissette).

What followed was several years of intimate, almost incognito, performances in the band’s home base of Los Angeles and surrounding Southern California cities. After all those years playing together, it became clear The Dirty Knobs should take what they were doing to the next level. After Campbell’s longtime compatriot, friend and bandmate, Tom Petty, passed away in 2017, he knew the only way to heal some of the pain was to throw himself wholeheartedly back into his music.

“Losing Tom was earth-shattering for me. It was a total shock,” Campbell says. “It had felt like we would be playing together forever. For a while it was hard to imagine playing in my own band again, let alone one where I’m the frontman. Tom was always my beacon. But everything I’ve been doing since Tom passed, including this album with The Dirty Knobs, is in the spirit of honoring what we did together.”

As of now, the Dirty Knobs are planning a series of tour dates in 2021 — the schedule, pending any further adjustments:

June 5, 2021 /// San Bernardino, CA /// Glen Helen Amphitheater*
June 10, 2021 /// Nampa, ID /// Arena at Ford Idaho Center*
June 11, 2021 /// Ridgefield, WA /// Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*
June 12, 2021 /// George, WA /// Gorge Amphitheatre*
June 17, 2021 /// Bakersfield, CA /// Mechanics Bank Theater*
June 18, 2021 /// Wheatland, CA /// Toyota Amphitheatre*
June 19, 2021 /// Mountain View, CA /// Shoreline Amphitheatre*
June 24, 2021 /// West Valley City, UT /// USANA Amphitheatre*
June 25, 2021 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center*
June 26, 2021 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center*
July 17, 2021 /// Chicago, IL /// Wrigley Field*
September 8, 2021 /// Tampa, FL /// The Orpheum
September 10, 2021 /// Gainesville, FL /// High Dive
September 11, 2021 /// Gainesville, FL /// High Dive
September 14, 2021 /// Nashville, TN /// Brooklyn Bowl
September 15, 2021 /// Alexandria, VA /// The Birchmere
September 18-19, 2021 /// Asbury Park, NJ /// Sea. Hear. Now Festival
September 21, 2021 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Brooklyn Bowl
September 23, 2021 /// Allston, MA /// Brighton Music Hall
September 24, 2021 /// Allston, MA /// Brighton Music Hall
September 26, 2021 /// Derry, NH /// Tupelo Music Hall
September 28, 2021 /// Ridgefield, CT /// The Ridgefield Playhouse
September 30, 2021 /// Philadelphia, PA /// World Café Live
October 2, 2021 /// Indianapolis, IN /// Hi-Fi
October 3, 2021 /// Indianapolis, IN /// Hi-Fi
October 6, 2021 /// Chicago, IL /// Park West
October 7, 2021 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Fine Line Music Hall
October 15, 2021 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Independent
October 16, 2021 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Independent
October 19, 2021 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Troubadour
October 20, 2021 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Troubadour
October 23, 2021 /// Boulder, CO /// Fox Theatre
October 24, 2021 /// Denver, CO /// Bluebird Theater
October 26, 2021 /// Dallas, TX /// Deep Ellum Art Company
October 28, 2021 /// Houston, TX /// Warehouse Live Studio
October 30, 2021 /// Austin, TX /// Antone’s
October 31, 2021 /// Austin, TX /// Antone’s
November 2, 2021 /// New Orleans, LA /// One Eyed Jacks

*w/ Chris Stapleton

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