Rising reggae-rock outfit Bumpin Uglies have announced the release of “Spinning Plates,” the bluesy groove-driven second single from Underdog: The Acoustic Sessions, a visceral 16-track collection out September 8th, via Controlled Substance Sound Labs/The Orchard (Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Pepper). The single comes fresh off the success of lead single “Underdog,” the band’s quickest single to 100,000 streams (six days).

Characterizing the unflinchingly honest new single (“Spinning Plates”), available on all DSPs now, band co-founder/vocalist Brandon Hardesty offers, “Spinning Plates is a song about not being ok in your own skin so to compensate you try and stay busy so there’s no time to think about it. I was playing a lot of blues guitar when I wrote it so it’s made up with a bit of a of blues tonality over top of an acoustic reggae groove.”

While the new project boasts searing stripped-raw takes of classics from fan favourite releases Buzz (“Locust Avenue,” “Self-Loathing,” “This Is Ours”), Keep It Together (“Load In / Load Out,” “Keep Moving”) Beast from the East (“City by the Bay”), Keep your suitcase packed. (“Shades of Gray,” “Suburbia”), and 2022’s Mid-Atlantic Dub (“Wild Girls”), seven new songs join the fray to supercharge the day.

Hardesty comments on the band’s newest release:

“This album is an anthem for authenticity. It’s for all the artists that choose to embrace their passion as a form of art, rather than a transactional medium. A celebration of the imperfections that make us beautiful.”

The full-length expands upon the band’s two Live at Sugarshack Sessions acoustic EPs, the latest of which featured a sparse passionate rendition of Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up,” to which the former Drive-By Trucker championed with the social media comment “Lovely job!”

This fall, they’ll join reggae-rock icons The Expendables, as support on select dates, from September 14 – November 12, while also making appearances at a number of festivals, including Everwild Music Fest (Aug 3), Montana Hempfest (Sept 8), OctoberQuest (Oct 7) and Reggae Rise Up Vegas (Oct 8) which sees them share the main stage with Sublime With Rome, Dirty Heads, Action Bronson and Lettuce.

After their nationwide trek, the sextet will host a trio of Holiday shows, including their climactic Ugly Sweater Bash at Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore on December 2. Tickets, information, and VIP upgrades are available here!

Updated Bumpin Uglies Tour Dates:

8/03 – Thornville, OH – Everwild Fest w/ Pepper, Tropidelic, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
8/10 – Virginia Beach, VA – New Realm Brewing Co.
8/11 – Kill Devil Hills, NC – Outer Banks Brewing Station
8/12 – Roanoke, VA – Black Dog Salvage w/ Lazy Man Dub Band
8/13 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Boathouse
8/25 – Bethlehem, PA – Levitt SteelStacks
8/26 – Grasonville, MD – Red Eyes
8/31 – Essex, MD – Crazy Tuna
9/01 – Solomons, MD – Tiki Bar
9/07 – Billings, MT – The Pub Station w/ Jon Wayne & the Pain Trio
9/08 – Lolo Hot Springs, MT – Montana Hempfest
9/09 – Spokane, WA – Lucky You Lounge w/ Jon Wayne & the Pain
9/12 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub
9/14 – Portland, OR – Star Theater (supporting The Expendables)
9/15 – Tacoma, WA – The Spanish Ballroom (supporting The Expendables)
9/16 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo House of Music (supporting The Expendables)
9/18 – Talent, OR – Talent Club
9/20 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory (supporting The Expendables)
9/21 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex (supporting The Expendables)
9/22 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse (supporting The Expendables)
9/23 – Chico, CA – Sierra Nevada Big Room (supporting The Expendables)
10/7 – Garrettsville, OH – OctoberQuest at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
10/8 – Las Vegas, NV – Reggae Rise Up Vegas
10/16 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard (supporting The Expendables)
10/18 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (supporting The Expendables)
10/19 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box (supporting The Expendables)
10/20 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock (supporting The Expendables)
10/21 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar (supporting The Expendables)
10/23 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues (Parish) [supporting The Expendables]
10/24 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
10/25 – Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly (supporting The Expendables)
10/26 – DeLand, FL – Cafe Da Vinci (supporting The Expendables)
10/27 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room (supporting The Expendables)
10/28 – Fort Meyers, FL – The Ranch Concert Hall (supporting The Expendables)
10/29 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Hell (supporting The Expendables)
10/31 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House (supporting The Expendables)
11/02 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre (supporting The Expendables)
11/04 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall (supporting The Expendables)
11/08 – Chicago, IL – Martyrs’ (supporting The Expendables)
11/09 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room Lounge (supporting The Expendables)
11/10 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre (supporting The Expendables)
11/11 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom (supporting The Expendables)
11/12 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater (supporting The Expendables)
11/14 – Kansas City, MO – recordBar w/ The Bastard Sons
11/15 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry w/ The Bastard Sons
11/16 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon w/ The Bastard Sons
11/17 – Peoria, IL – Kenny’s Westside Pub w/ The Bastard Sons
11/18 – Indianapolis, IN – HI FI Indy w/ The Bastard Sons
11/30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Music Hall
12/01 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works
12/02 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage (Ugly Sweater Show)


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