MIKE CAMPBELL & THE DIRTY KNOBS’ NEW ALBUM EXTERNAL COMBUSTION OUT NOW
VIA BMG

CO-PRODUCED BY GEORGE DRAKOULIAS WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM MARGO PRICE, IAN HUNTER AND BENMONT TENCH

HEADLINING TOUR KICKS OFF MARCH 9, INCLUDING SUMMER DATES WITH CHRIS STAPLETON

“The music is a classic-rock portmanteau, invoking eastward-looking Beatles, the Who, the Byrds and the Rolling Stones just for starters.”
The New York Times

“The Knobs churn out a more raw [sound]…, bringing in some of the muddiness of Neil Young’s grunge.”—The Guardian

“…over the course of a career spanning nearly 50 years, Campbell steadily [makes] the case for his own status as legend.”—Premier Guitar


External Combustion, the new album from Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs, is out now on BMG. Fans can purchase External Combustion HERE.

The new music has already begun to receive praise; Forbes calls it, “...an infectious new album called to order by the rollicking rock and roll mission statement that is “Wicked Mind,’” while American Songwriter furthers, “[XXX].” Ultimate Classic Rock adds, “External Combustion showcases Campbell’s offhanded skill as an ace rock ‘n’ roll songwriter and arguably underrated guitarist... extolling Campbell's tasteful and at times scorching brand of six-string wizardry.”

External Combustion showcases Campbell & The Dirty Knobs’ evolution, pushing the band to a new level, jumping ahead in vision and drive, proving the first record was no one-shot deal. “The band became this spontaneous type of combustion—to borrow a word,” Campbell recalls. “The longer we played, the more intuitive it got.”

Co-produced by Campbell and George Drakoulias (The Black Crowes, The Jayhawks), the 11-track album was recorded at Campbell’s home studio, Hocus Pocus Recorders in Los Angeles. External Combustion also features Price and Ian Hunter as well as piano from fellow Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers founding member Benmont Tench on “Lightning Boogie.” Although Campbell wrote most of the songs on the new album within the past year, two of the tracks had been written in the 90’s, only to be rediscovered in Campbell’s extensive vault of unreleased compositions.

The band will finally embark on their first-ever national tour this spring, featuring an extensive run of sold-out headlining shows. Kicking off on March 9, the tour includes performances at Brooklyn Bowl in both New York City and Nashville, Chicago’s Park West and Philadelphia’s World Café Live, as well as multiple dates at Los Angeles’ Troubadour and San Francisco’s The Independent. In addition, Campbell & The Dirty Knobs will perform a run of arena and amphitheater shows with Chris Stapleton in June and July. Full tour routing can be found below.

The Dirty Knobs came together nearly two decades ago, after Campbell met guitarist Jason Sinay (Neil Diamond, Ivan Neville) at a session and liked the way their guitars sounded together. What began as a less structured project for Campbell in between The Heartbreakers’ touring became something else altogether when they added the rhythm section of bassist Lance Morrison (Don Henley) and drummer Matt Laug (Slash, Alanis Morissette).

What followed was several years of intimate, almost incognito, performances in the band’s home base of Los Angeles and surrounding Southern California cities. After all those years playing together, it became clear The Dirty Knobs should take what they were doing to the next level. Following the passing of Campbell’s longtime compatriot, friend and bandmate Tom Petty and his performances with Fleetwood Mac on their 2018-2019 World Tour, The Dirty Knobs released their album Wreckless Abandon in 2020 to widespread praise.

For additional information on the band, see the group’s bio/artist notes HERE.

For more information, please contact Louis D’Adamio, Cami Opere, Krista Williams or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

MIKE CAMPBELL & THE DIRTY KNOBS
EXTERNAL COMBUSTION

1. Wicked Mind
2. Brigitte Bardot
3. Cheap Talk
4. External Combustion
5. Dirty Job (featuring Ian Hunter)
6. State Of Mind (Featuring Margo Price)
7. Lightning Boogie
8. Rat City
9. In This Lifetime
10. It Is Written
11. Electric Gypsy

MIKE CAMPBELL & THE DIRTY KNOBS TOUR DATES
March 9 /// Tampa, FL /// The Orpheum
March 11 /// Gainesville, FL /// High Dive
March 12 /// Gainesville, FL /// High Dive
March 15 /// Nashville, TN /// Brooklyn Bowl
March 17 /// Philadelphia, PA /// World Café Live
March 19 /// Boston, MA /// Brighton Music Hall
March 20 /// Boston, MA /// Brighton Music Hall
March 23 /// New York, NY /// Brooklyn Bowl
March 25 /// Derry, NH /// Tupelo Music Hall
March 26 /// Ridgefield, CT /// Ridgefield Playhouse
March 28 /// Alexandria, VA /// The Birchmere
March 30 /// Indianapolis, IN /// The Hi Fi Lounge
March 31 /// Indianapolis, IN /// The Hi Fi Lounge
April 2 /// Chicago, IL /// Park West
April 4 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Fine Line
April 15 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Independent
April 16 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Independent
April 19 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Troubadour
April 20 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Troubadour
April 23 /// Boulder, CO /// Fox Theatre
April 24 /// Denver, CO /// Bluebird Theater
April 26 /// Dallas, TX /// Trees
April 28 /// Houston, TX /// Warehouse Live Studio
April 30 /// Austin, TX /// Antone’s
May 1 /// Austin, TX /// Antone’s
June 2 /// Boise, ID /// Ford Idaho Center Arena*
June 3 /// Portland, OR /// Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*
June 4 /// George, WA /// The Gorge Amphitheatre*
June 9 /// Chula Vista, CA /// North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre*
June 10 /// Inglewood, CA /// The Forum*
June 11 /// San Bernardino, CA /// Glen Helen Amphitheater*
June 16 /// Bakersfield, CA /// Mechanics Bank Arena*
June 17 /// Wheatland, CA /// Toyota Amphitheatre*
June 18 /// Mountain View, CA /// Shoreline Amphitheatre*
June 23 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// USANA Amphitheatre*
June 24 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center*
June 25 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center*
July 23 /// Chicago, IL /// Wrigley Field*

*w/ Chris Stapleton
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