Greetings to The Hold Steady family,
There’s a lot of people who put in immeasurable effort behind the scenes to make the gears of The Hold Steady machine run well. If you’ve gone to any THS show since 2017, there has been one constant at each and every show weekend: our tour manager Dave Burton.
In September Dave suffered a stroke while working with another artist at a music festival in Louisville. While the long-term prognosis for Dave’s recovery is encouraging, the short-term challenges are immense. To be a dedicated tour manager at the level Dave performs the job is a crazy, wild, supremely detailed action. All of the behind the scenes crew members who you might not see or notice at any show you attend work long hours, mostly driven by their love of music and the adventures the road life can bring. But the flip side of that is that many touring professionals do not have access to health care coverage.
In addition to our physical and emotional support, Burton is going to need access to financial resources far beyond the means of a tour manager. A number of different fundraising avenues will be coming over the next few months to assist Dave in returning to a normal life as quickly as possible. Until those avenues have been solidified and in place, The Hold Steady will be donating all proceeds from Bandcamp purchases towards Dave’s recovery resources. There will be other events in the coming months where THS will continue to donate earnings to Dave. We are also asking you to be an active participant to assist someone who’s done a massive part to help this community be able to thrive over the years.
Make sure to grab the limited edition benefit t-shirt to continue to show support for Dave. ALL proceeds from the sale of this shirt will assist in funding Dave’s direct care and medical expenses: theholdsteadymerch.net
Enjoy the music. Give whatever you can. Send good vibes to Dave by whatever method works for you.
The Hold Steady
Recorded live at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia on June 4, 2022.
First time in Atlanta in quite a while and it went so well we actually moved the show to a bigger venue. The remodeled Variety Playhouse is a fantastic venue and the crowd was top notch. We hit the stage and opened with Hornets, which always seems to set the tone. Later on we did DJs into Stay Positive (wth MPJ) and eventually Killer Parties wrapped the last show of a run that took us from Australia to Nashville to Atlanta. Amazing night.
released November 4, 2022
The Hold Steady are: Bobby Drake, Craig Finn, Tad Kubler, Franz Nicolay, Galen Polivka, Steve Selvidge
Recorded by Phil Palazzo
Mixed by Matt Jones at Short Arm of the Law in Pittsfield, MA