The brand new digitally remixed and re-mastered radio version of the moody, melodic pop-rock anthem — which differs significantly from the track that appears on the album–will be released to iTunes on the same day (July 9) it hits radio nationwide. “New Orleans Dreams,” the first single from Ballad on Third Avenue, also hit the Adult Contemporary Top 40 climbing to #10.
Those who have followed Hales’ extraordinary career over the past decade know that he is not just about those soaring ballads. His band, long time indie-rock stalwarts Ed Hale and the Transcendence, are releasing yet another new album less than nine months after last year’s rock epic All Your Heroes Become Villains.
Songs from the oft rumored about and much anticipated bubblegum pop/indie garage rocker The Great Mistake have been making rounds on the internet for years, but it will finally see an official release by mid-summer. “This isn’t exactly a ‘made for commercial’ kind of thing,” Hale says, “it’s loose and raw. But it’s one of our all time favorites as a band and we figure if you can’t make the kind of music that gets you off, then why make music at all?”
Hale and his band will soon embark on a ten-city tour that will feature songs from both Hale’s solo albums and all the Transcendence albums. The shows will feature the entire crew of Transcendence alumni reunited and playing on stage together for the first time since 2008.
The tour kicks off with a homecoming show at the Gibson Showroom in Miami before heading to other Gibson Showrooms in nine major U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Las Vegas and Nashville.
Ever the prolific musical over-achiever, Hale is also currently working on a new solo album due out in early fall. The project is being produced by Ex Norwegian frontman (and Transcendence bassist) Roger Houdaille and features contributions by all the usual members of Transcendence and honorary members of the band.
Hale is recording the as yet untitled collection at The Shire and Bear Creek Studios in Seattle, where many notable artists have worked over the years, including Fleet Foxes, Train, Soundgarden, Nirvana and The Foo Fighters. The singer is so far mum on the overall vibe of the album but is thus far telling fans it will be “more electric and upbeat glam-pop than the last one”—consistent with the Brit Pop influence of his recordings with the Transcendence.
Bear Creek Studios engineer Jake McCaffray recently commented, “Ed Hale’s bareboned and hyper creativity is thrilling. It’s an honor being a part of putting it to record.”