The road warriors in Umphrey’s McGee have added significantly to their already-busy 2007 in support of their new release, The Bottom Half.

I had their new album in our CD changer while on vacation in Maui, driving around, listening to my hometown boys, watching whales — you know, the usual. I was nicely impressed by the first disc, though. The band has always had a knack for putting out concise releases but I wasn’t really into the Safety in Numbers release. This was a pleasant reversal for me, which is odd considering that the releases were both recorded during the same sessions.

At any rate, I’ve been on an UM diet for a little while now and it’s high time I return to the band that I’ve probably seen more than any other band…ever. They’ve given us an mp3 to share from The Bottom Half and I love the way this one turned out…

Update: I inadvertently forgot to include a link to their latest podcast, featuring some insights into the new release and their recording process in general.

Brendan, Jake, Joel and Kevin Browning (sound caresser) stop by to preview Bright Lights, Big City, a track off the new album from Umphrey’s McGee, The Bottom Half, due out April 3. They stick around to talk about the recording process, and what inspired them to release the double-disc album of material from the Safety In Numbers sessions.

Tour dates after the jump.

Umphrey’s McGee 2007 Tour Dates

April 05 The Pageant St. Louis MO
April 06-07 Egyptian Room – Murat Centre Indianapolis IN
April 11 Calvin Theatre Northampton MA With Brothers Past
April 12 Avalon Theatre Boston MA With Brothers Past
April 13 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York NY
April 14 9:30 Club Washington D.C. With Brothers Past
April 15 Water Street Music Hall Rochester NY
April 17 The Opera House Toronto Ontario
April 18 Penn’s Peak Jim Thorpe PA
April 19 The Town Ballroom Buffalo NY
April 20 Newport Music Hall Columbia OH
April 21 The Vic Theatre – Green Apple Music and Arts Festival Chicago IL
April 22 Lincoln Park Zoo – Green Apple Music and Arts Festival Chicago IL

For a little more detail on the Green Apple Music Festival, go here for a full event listing and some commentary…

May 02-03 The Workplay SoundStage Birmingham AL
May 04 House Of Blues New Orleans LA
May 05 Granada Theatre Dallas TX
May 06 Beale Street Music Festival Memphis TN
May 25-27 Summer Camp 2007 Chillicothe IL
June 02 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter NY
July 18-21 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes MN