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Billy Bragg celebrating first 6 LPs on 2019 U.S. tour

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Paraphrasing a lyric in “Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards,” Billy Bragg has announced a unique 2019 tour he calls “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.” On it he’ll play three consecutive nights in each city. The first night will be dedicated to current material, while the second night will feature selections from his first three LPs (Life’s a Riot With Spy Vs. Spy, Brewing Up With Billy Bragg, and Talking With the Taxman About Poetry), and the third night features selections from the three albums after that (Workers Playtime, Don’t Try This at Home, and William Bloke).

The tour, which has dates throughout 2019, hits Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, the DC area, NYC, and the Boston area. The NYC shows are at Bowery Ballroom on September 26-28. Tickets for Bowery Ballroom, and the whole tour, go on sale Friday, November 16. There are three-night pass options for each city and there’s a Citi cardmember presale for the Bowery shows happening right now.

In other news, Billy Bragg was just on Steve Dawson’s Movers & Shakers podcast where he talks about his long career. It’s nearly two hours long and, as anyone who’s seen Billy live knows, he’s a very charming, funny, insightful conversationalist. You can listen to that below.

All dates are listed, along with videos of classic Billy Bragg singles from those first six records, below.

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Billy Bragg 2019 U.S. Tour
2/12 – 2/17 – Cayamo Cruise
2/22– The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
2/23 – The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
2/24 – The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
2/28 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
3/01 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
3/02 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
4/18 – Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN
4/19 – Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN
4/20 – Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN
4/25 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
4/26 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
4/27 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
9/19 – The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
9/20 – The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
9/21 – The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
9/26 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
9/27 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
9/28 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
10/03 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA
10/04 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA
10/05 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA

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