Nashville’s Judah & the Lion are thrilled to share the details of their new album Pep Talkstoday along with another new song from the record, “pictures,” which features GrammyAlbum of the Year Winner Kacey Musgraves. Pep Talks – the band’s third LP – is due out on May 3rd, 2019 via Cletus the Van/Caroline and pre-orders will be announced in the near future. The news comes as the album’s first single “Over my head” makes its way into Alternative Radio’s TOP 10 and crosses 3 MILLION streams globally.
“pictures feat. Kacey Musgraves” follows the release of the deeply personal “Over my head” and was written in the midst of singer Judah Akers’ family coming apart at the seams in a hail of alcoholism and affairs, death and divorce while Judah & the Lion took off to new heights. “I had a really deep moment with my mom when she called me and broke down bawling about how hard it was to move from our family house,” He explains, “I wrote the song from her perspective and it came in a flood, in five minutes, right after the call. I needed to write it because I was heartsick.”
Pep Talks follows the breakthrough success of the band’s sophomore set, Folk Hop N Roll. Released as a Deluxe set in 2017, the album spawned three alternative hits – “Take It All Back” (#1 Alternative, Top 15 Hot AC, RIAA GOLD-Certified), “Suit and Jacket” (#4 Alt), and “Going to Mars” (Top 15 Alt). On the strength of these singles, the band toured the world, supporting Twenty One Pilots, Jimmy Eat World, Incubus, and Kaleo, while impressing on main stages at Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball, Forecastle, Bottlerock, Hangout Fest and more. They also took home an iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Alternative Artist of the Year and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and CONAN.
The band has also announced Pep Talks: An Intimate Album Listening and Storytelling Experience Presented by Judah & the Lion, which will hit six cities across the southeast this April. At each event, Judah Akers, Brian Macdonald, and Nate Zuercher will be on hand to tell the story behind Pep Talks, giving fans an exclusive, intimate listening experience ahead of the release.
April 16 @ Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA
April 17 @ Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN (SOLD OUT)
April 18 @ 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA (SOLD OUT)
April 23 @ Rudder Theatre in College Station, TX
April 24 @ George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR
April 25 @ Blue Note in Columbia, MO
May 17 @ Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL
May 18 @ Wildflower Music Festival in Richardson, TX
July 12 @ Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY
July 20 @ Lollapalooza Paris in Paris, France