Jakob Dylan and The Wallflowers Return with ‘Exit Wounds,’ a Unifying Message of Hope (Listen)

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Nine years between albums is a long time, but rest assured: There’s very little rust evident on Exit Wounds, the new album from Jakob Dylan and The Wallflowers, released on Friday as the first from the ensemble since 2012.

In fact, the events of the world over the past few years reframed Dylan’s songwriting approach, and inspired some soul-searching and introspection that applies to each of us — no matter where we are in our individual lives.

As a press release summed up regarding the album’s conception:

True to its title, Exit Wounds is an ode to people — individual and collective — that have, to put it mildly, been through some stuff. Jakob Dylan says, “I think everybody — no matter what side of the aisle you’re on — wherever we’re going to next, we’re all taking a lot of exit wounds with us. Nobody is the same as they were four years ago. That, to me, is what Exit Wounds signifies. And it’s not meant to be negative at all. It just means that wherever you’re headed, even if it’s to a better place, you leave people and things behind, and you think about those people and those things and you carry them with you. Those are your exit wounds. And right now, we’re swimming in them.” Dylan continues, “I’m the same writer I’ve always been — I was just also writing during a time when the world felt like it was falling apart. That changes the way you address even the simplest things, because you have panic in your mind all the time. You have anxiety. And you also have hope. And it’s all in there.” 

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For this record, Dylan — the main creative spark behind the Wallflowers — teamed up with a new backing group of musicians, which he explained in a statement has always been the way things are done with this project:

“The Wallflowers have always been a vehicle for me to make great rock ‘n’ roll records. And sometimes the lineup that makes the record transfers over into touring, and sometimes it doesn’t. But my intention is always to make the Wallflowers record I want to make, using the musicians I have beside me.”

In celebration of the album release, the Wallflowers detailed a run of headlining tour dates beginning in August and hitting some historic venues across the country:

August 18 – New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall
August 20 – Robinsonville, MS – Gold Strike’s Millennium Theatre
August 21 – Norman, OK – Riverwind Casino
August 22 – Fort Worth, TX – Billy Bob’s Texas
September 8 – Santa Barbara, CA – Lobero Theatre
September 10 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
September 11 – Redondo Beach. CA – Beachlife Festival
September 12 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
November 5 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
November 6 – Lexington, MA – Cary Hall
November 7 – East Greenwich, RI – Greenwich Odeum
November 9 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
November 10 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Made
November 12 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
November 13 – Ridgefield, CT – The Ridgefield Playhouse
November 14 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
November 16 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
November 17 – Evanston, IL – SPACE
November 19 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
November 20 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl

Listen to Exit Wounds below.


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