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Blue October Announces New Album ‘Sway’ And International Tour


Platinum-selling rockers Blue October will release their seventh studio album entitled Sway (Up/Down Records), on August 20, and launch a major, 45-city-plus international concert tour on September 4 in New Orleans, LA.  The tour will be preceded by several in-store appearances/acoustic performances as well as a CD release show at the House of Blues in Dallas, all taking place the week of release.  The confirmed itinerary is below.  The Blue October fan community tickets pre-sale will begin on June 17; tickets go on sale to the general public June 28 and 29 – log onto BlueOctober.com for all details.

Blue October - 'Sway'
Blue October – ‘Sway’

Sway is Blue October’s first album since 2011’s Billboard Top Ten debut Any Man In America, and its 13 songs, all written or co-written by vocalist Justin Furstenfeld, embody the band’s revitalized energy.  The album was produced by Justin Furstenfeld and David Castell (who also produced the band’s History for Sale and co-produced the Platinum Foiled), and was recorded at the Fire Station Studios in San Marcus, TX earlier this year.  The album’s track-listing boasts lush, impassioned songs such as “Bleed Out,” “Angels In Everything” and “Fear,” and the edgy rocker “Put It In.”  As singer Justin Furstenfeld puts it: “This album is about why life is so beautiful.  It’s about facing fears and recognizing miracles every day.  It’s about enjoying yourself and realizing that life is not something you can half-ass.”

Sway will be available for pre-order on Blue October’s website beginning June 24.

Blue October – Justin Furstenfeld/guitars, vocals, Jeremy Furstenfeld/drums, Ryan Delahoussaye/violin, viola, mandolin, piano, and Matt Noveskey/bass – known for their dynamic and passionate rock energy, began writing the new album after a series of tour dates in 2012.  According to Justin, “I had about 60 songs…we ended up recording fifteen and there’s thirteen on the album.”  Added Justin’s brother Jeremy, “The band is in a really great space now, everyone is health, happy and doing well.  That’s changed our point of view, and you can hear that new perspective on the album.”

On “The Sway Tour,” Blue October – who will be joined by their former guitarist, C.B. Hudson who played with the band between 2000 and 2010 – will premiere songs from Sway, as well as perform fan-favorites from the band’s six-album discography.

With more dates to be announced, dates for “The Sway Tour” are as follows:


21   Barnes & Noble, Dallas, TX – 12:30PM (in-store appearance, acoustic performance)

21   Barnes & Noble, Frisco, TX – 6:00PM  (in-store appearance, acoustic performance)

22   House of Blues, Slay Release Show, Dallas, TX

27   Barnes & Noble, Austin, TX – 7:00PM  (in-store appearance, acoustic performance)

28   Barnes & Noble, San Antonio, TX – 6:00PM  (in-store appearance, acoustic performance)


4   House of Blues, New Orleans, LA

6   Jannus Landing, Tampa, FL

7   House of Blues, Orlando, FL

8   Center Stage, Atlanta, GA

9   The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

11   Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA

13   The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD

14   Irving Plaza, New York, NY

15   House of Blues, Boston, MA

17   Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA

18   Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH

19   House of Blues, Cleveland, OH

20   St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI

21   House of Blues, Chicago, IL

22   Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH

27   Stubb’s, Austin, TX


3   Ogden Theatre, Denver,CO

4   The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT

5   Knitting Factory Concert House, Boise, ID

6   Showbox At The Market, Seattle, WA

8   Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR

9   The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

10   House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA

11   Talking Stick Resort and Casino, Scottsdale, AZ

12   House of Blues, Anaheim, CA

13   House of Blues, San Diego, CA

15   House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV

18   Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK

22   The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI

24   Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN

25   Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE

26   The Rave, Milwaukee, WI


7   Ivestia Hall, Moscow, Russia

8   A2, St. Petersburg, Russia

9   Music Palace, Kiev, Ukraine

12   Backstage, Munich, Germany

13   Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany

14   Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany

15   C Club, Berlin, Germany

16   Burgerhaus, Koln, Germany

17   Institute, Birmingham, UK

18   Academy, Manchester, UK

19   KOKO, London, UK


7   The Pageant, St. Louis, MO

8   VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s, Kansas City, MO