Big Head Todd and the Monsters are set to tour the U.S. throughout the fall/winter in support of their forthcoming eleventh studio album, New World Arisin’, due November 3 on their own Big Records imprint.
The album’s first single “Damaged One” is currently at #26 and rising on the AAA Chart.
New World Arisin’ was written and produced by vocalist/guitarist Todd Park Mohr with original members Rob Squires on bass and Brian Nevin on drums and percussions. Plus, Jeremy Lawton on keyboards, lap and petal steel guitar and backing vocals. It was recorded at E-Town Studios in Boulder, Colorado and mixed by Mark Needham with engineering by James Tuttle.
Mohr explains that the songs were written over a twenty-year period. He describes that “some songs fell into place immediately, while others took many years to materialize. Yet after such a long gestating process for the writing, the recording was completed in just six days.”
Having played Denver’s historic Red Rocks Amphitheater more than nineteen times with recent dates sold out this summer, the band is part of the fabric of the Colorado music scene. The trio of Mohr, Nevin and Squires founded the band in the early ’80s in Boulder and quickly built a strong reputation in the local club circuit. The band’s debut album, Another Mayberry, arrived in 1989, though it would be another four years before their breakthrough platinum-selling third full length Sister Sweetly made them a national phenomenon with the single “Bittersweet,” which remains a rock radio staple to this day. The only personnel change in these three decades has been the addition of a fourth member, putative “new guy” Lawton, in 2004
The band has released music steadily throughout the decades leading to their most recent release 2014’s Black Beehive. They have also released two live albums Live Monsters, Live at the Fillmore and 2015 Live at Red Rocks.
The band has proudly controlled its own business dealings and marketing from the start, releasing 2007’s All the Love You Need via their fan email list. In 2011, they formed a new project under the name Big Head Blues Club recording two albums under the moniker. The first 100 Years of Robert Johnson celebrates the songs of the late blues great and features legends such as B. B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Cedric Burnside, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Ruthie Forster and Lightin’ Malcolm. Their second LP Way Down Inside: Songs of Willie Dixon is a tribute to Willie Dixon featuring Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Erica Brown. The album was produced by multiple Grammy winner Chris Goldsmith and Todd Park Mohr. The band has gone on to play shows under the name Big Head Blues Club moniker inviting some of the legends featured on the album to perform with them.
Recently, band composed the theme song to programs including “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Swamp Wars.” Their music has also been included in Contraband, The To Do List, Grudge Match, Garden Party, “So You Think You Can Dance” and many more.
October 5—Kenny’s Westside Pub—Peoria, IL
October 7—Breckenridge Brewery—Littleton, CO
October 11—Jackson Hole Fireman’s Ball—Jackson, WY
November 29—Avalon Theatre—Grand Junction, CO
November 30—Park City Live—Park City, UT
December 1—Pub Station—Billings, MT
December 2—The Wilma—Missoula, MT
December 5—Revolution Event Center—Garden City, ID
December 7—Revolution Hall—Portland, OR
December 8—Hifi Music Hall—Eugene, OR
December 9—Showbox—Seattle, WA
December 12— Crest Theatre—Sacramento, CA
December 14—House of Blues—Anaheim, CA
December 15—Troubadour—West Hollywood, CA
December 16—Warfield Theatre—San Francisco, CA
December 17—Crystal Bay Club/Crown Room—Crystal Bay, NV
December 21—Aggie Theatre—Ft. Collins, CO
December 31—Belly Up Tavern—Solana Beach, CA
January 12—The Pageant—St. Louis, MO
January 13—Palace Theatre—St. Paul, MN
January 14—Pabst Theater—Milwaukee, WI
January 16—Vogue Theatre—Indianapolis, IN
January 18—State Theatre—Kalamazoo, MI
January 19—Vic Theatre—Chicago, IL
January 20—Vic Theatre—Chicago, IL
January 23—House of Blues—Cleveland, OH
January 25—9:30 Club—Washington, DC
January 26—Theatre of the Living Arts—Philadelphia, PA
January 27—Capitol Theatre—Port Chester, NY
January 28—Wilbur Theatre—Boston, MA
January 31—The National—Richmond, VA
February 1—The Ritz—Raleigh, NC
February 2—The Fillmore—Charlotte, NC
February 3—Variety Playhouse—Atlanta, GA