As mentioned, IV and the Strange Band are releasing their new album Southern Circus on June 17 via Black Country Rock (pre-order), and we're now premiering the video for the latest single, "Stand Your Ground." If you're unfamiliar with IV and the Strange Band, they get their name from band leader Coleman Williams (great grandson of Hank Williams, grandson of Hank Williams Jr, and son of Hank Williams III, hence "IV"), and their new album is coming out on the label run by Shooter Jennings, who's also the son of a country legend (Waylon Jennings). And as you can hear on the new single, Coleman honors the music that his family has helped shape for decades, but he's not stuck in the past. He puts his own spin on it, and he fuses traditional sounds with a heavier rock side that allows them to fit right in with bands like recent tourmates Eyehategod.

"Growing up in the South I always learned that people here are resilient because of constant obscurity and struggles here through history," Coleman tells us. "It’s in short a song about getting your ass kicked and learning lessons, cause sometimes the most long lasting lessons stick that way."

The song comes with a wrestling-themed video, and speaking about that, Coleman adds, "Wrestling growing up was a big deal for me. This video digs into my love of Saturday nights at the fairgrounds to see matches and ties into what I’m talking about with 'Stand Your Ground.'" Check out the Jace Kartye-directed clip below.

Having just wrapped up their tour with Eyehategod, the Strange Band now have more upcoming dates, including shows with Sarah Shook & the Disarmers and Quaker City Night Hawks. Coleman also has some upcoming solo shows with Todd Day Wait, including Brooklyn's Jalopy on May 31. All dates are listed below.

IV and the Strange Band -- 2022 Tour Dates
April 21 – Austin, TX – Far Out Lounge *
April 22 – Ft Worth, TX – Lola’s *
April 23 – New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall *
April 28 – Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle #
May 26 – Thomas, WV – The Purple Fiddle ^
May 27 – Fredrick, MD – Smoketown Brewing ^
May 28 - Richmond, VA – Hardywood Park Craft Brewery ^
May 29 – Washington, DC – Hank Dietle’s Tavern ^
May 31 – Brooklyn, NY – Jalopy ^
June 2 – Egremont, MA – The Egremont Barn ^
June 4 – North Haven, ME – Crabtree Sessions ^
June 5 – North Haven, ME – Icehouse Art Gallery ^
June 7- Cambridge, MA – Club Passim ^
June 8 – Galaway, NY – Cock N Bull ^
June 9 – Rochester, NY – Abeline ^
June 11 – Chillicothe, OH – Steiner’s Speak Easy ^
June 12 – Reedsville, WV – Modern Homestead Rustic Church ^

* with Quaker City Night Hawks
#w ith Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
^ Coleman Williams solo with Todd Day Wait

Coleman Williams
photo by Joseph Wyman Brown

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