Backyard Tire Fire rockin'

Lately I’ve been seeing more and more buzz surrounding Backyard Tire Fire, a new addition to the live music scene in the past few years but quickly becoming recognizable nationwide. They’ve played festivals. They’ve toured like crazy. They stay close to home to keep their base strong.

They also keep their recording schedule relatively tight. After last year’s late release of Skin and Bones [ep], they start 2007 with the announcement of their full-length release, Vagabonds and Hooligans. Their road manager sent me a copy and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this release ever since.

Here’s a sample…

They’re definitely hitting the road in support of this new record and they’re hosting an exciting looking CD release show right here in Chicago at the Double Door. Jay Bennett from ex-Wilco fame and Death Ships open the show. Yes, you read that correctly — Jay Bennett is opening for Backyard Tire Fire. And funny enough, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart was on the Sundance channel last night and I only caught the tail-end (sans Bennett). Oh well.

Full tour dates after the jump.

Backyard Tire Fire 2007 Tour Dates

* 02-02 Eau Claire, WI Stones Throw
* 02-03 Neenah, WI Cranky Pat’s
* 02-08 Carbondale, PA Hangar 9
* 02-09 Urbana, IL Canopy Club
w/ Will Hoge, The Drams, Matt Mays & El Torpedo
* 02-10 Iowa City, IA The Picador
w/ Death Ships
* 02-16 Normal, IL NV Ultra Lounge
Special Guests: Death Ships
* 02-17 Chicago, IL Double Door
Special Guests: Jay Bennett and Death Ships

Co-bill tour with William Elliot Whitmore:
* 02-19 Columbus, OH The Basement
* 02-20 Pittsburgh, PA Garfield Artworks
* 02-21 Syracuse, NY Funk n’ Waffles
* 02-22 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
* 02-23 Mount Vernon, NY Bayou
* 02-24 Harrisburg, PA Appalachian Brewing Company
* 02-25 Baltimore, MD Sonar
* 02-26 Virginia Beach, VA Jewish Mother
* 02-27 Raleigh, NC Hideaway BBQ
* 02-28 Wilmington, NC Soapbox
* 03-01 Richmond, VA Empire

* 03-15 Indianapolis, IN The Music Mill
w/ The Slip
* 03-31 Moorhead, MN Broken Axe
* 04-13 Live Oak, FL Wanee Festival
w/ Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, The Derek Trucks Band, Nickel Creek, Phonograph
* 04-18 Newport, KY Southgate House
* 04-19 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
* 06-08 Wakarusa Festival
w/ Alejandro Escovedo, Bobby Bare Jr., Ozomatli, Ben Harper, North Mississippi Allstars

Previously: Backyard Tire Fire Photos from Summer Camp 2006, From the Road: Ed Anderson