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Stream Chadwick Stokes’s ‘Simmerkane II’

Simmerkane II, the first solo release of Dispatch usual-lead-singer and State Radio frontman Chadwick Stokes, hit stores yesterday via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records. One of my most anticipated releases of the year, the album is a collection of Chad’s memories and experiences while hopping freight trains across North America and features Carly Simon, Blake Hazard of The Submarines, Matt Embree of RX BanditsThe White Buffalo, and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.

This album will not disappoint fans of Chad’s past work, staying true to his folky-rock, Americana roots. You can listen for yourself below, courtesy of Nettwerk Records. You can also check out Chad’s solo tour dates for the fall, giving the singer-songwriter some time off following recent tours with both State Radio and Dispatch. For those of you unfamiliar with his discography, both Dispatch and State Radio are well-known for their live jam sessions, improvising and soloing throughout; Chad’s solo show should be no different and should definitely be checked out.

Chadwick Stokes Announces Solo Album

Chad Stokes Urmston of indie-rock acts Dispatch and State Radio will be releasing his first solo record this summer, choosing to use the moniker Chadwick Stokes. His new album, titled Simmerkane II, will be released on June 28th via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records. The deluxe version of the album includes two discs, including a second disc consisting of three tracks recorded with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, a band formed by Sierra Leone refugees who were displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone Civil War.

Once he rounds up a two-month long tour with State Radio, Stokes will be embarking on the Dispatch reunion tour during the month of June and then beginning a solo tour in support of Simmerkane II. You can check out the tracklisting for the album after the break.


Disc 1
1. Adelaide
2. Crowbar Hotel
3. Back To The Races
4. Rainsong
5. Insulin
6. Religion On The Rails (I Saw You There)
7. Black Bottle
8. Ichabod and Abraham
9. I Love Your Army
10. Spider And Gioma

Disc 2 (Deluxe) (with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars):
1. Coffee And Wine
2. All My Possessions (Ode To Troy)
3. Don’t Have You

Free State Radio Live Album; Chad Announces Solo Record

Boston indie rock band State Radio just completed their State Of Troy Tour and as a thank you to fans, are giving away a new live album. The live recording is from the band’s performance at the Boston Pavilion. You can download the seventeen-track live album for free here.

The band also announced that frontman Chadwick Stokes (also widely known for his time with Dispatch) will be releasing a solo record later this year. Details have yet to be revealed.

State Radio Announces Tour Dates

State Radio have announced tour dates throughout March and April. The tour will take the band throughout the United States, ending with dates at the Bamboozle Festival.

Check them out below.

Tour Dates:

03/10/11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
03/11/11 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
03/12/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
03/15/11 – Redondo Beach, CA @ Brixton
03/16/11 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
03/17/11 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
03/18/11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
03/19/11 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
03/22/11 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
03/23/11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
03/24/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
03/26/11 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre
03/27/11 – Jackson, WY @ Roadhouse
03/29/11 – Ames, IA @ Maintenance Shop
03/30/11 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
03/31/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
04/01/11 – Madison, WI @ The Majestic
04/02/11 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic
04/03/11 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
04/29-05/01/11 – East Rutherford, NJ @ New Meadowlands Stadium for Bamboozle

Chad and Friends Finale With Braddigan

Chad Urmston of State Radio is currently wrapping up the Chad & Friends Tour with a final show in Boston on Friday at House of Blues, where Brad Corrigan (another former member of Dispatch!) and Erin Coughlin will be joining Chad.

Purchase tickets here.