Mac Powell plots tour behind solo release

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Mac Powell has revealed plans to embark on a fall tour in support of his self-titled debut solo country album. Best known as the frontman for veteran Christian rockers Third Day, Powell will make his way to Massachusetts for a performance at the Somervile Theatre on Wednesday, September 26. Tickets for the show are now on sale through Ticketmaster for $21.

“I grew up listening to country music,” Powell explained in an interview with Billboard earlier this year. “It was a big part of shaping me musically and I think that’s pretty evident in Third Day music. There’s always been little tinge of it.”

“There have been so many times in the past that I had song ideas that didn’t really fit lyrically or musically with Third Day,” explained Powell in a blog post to fans. “I filed those songs away to the ‘maybe sometime’ category. Well, that time is now. I started working on these songs, and a whole bunch of new ones, off and on about a year ago. Then, I had the chance to record the songs with some really talented musicians. I am very happy with the results, and I cannot wait to share it with you!”

Powell recorded the album with producer Jason Hoard, a multi-instrumentalist who has been touring with Third Day for the past two years. He also enlisted Nashville-based songwriter Brett James (Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” Kenny Chesney’s “Out Last Night,” Chris Young’s “The Man I Want to Be”) to co-write half the album. Fans can get a taste of the album with lead single “June Bug”, which is streaming here.

Fans of Third Day can be assured that Powell’s solo release will not signal the end of the band. Third Day have been working on a new album with acclaimed Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen) with a release date scheduled for November 6, followed by plenty of touring in 2013.

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