Alt-rock musician Butch Walker will be hitting the road this spring for a run of shows with His Gang of Merry Musical Melodymakers. The band’s 20-date tour picks up on March 5 at Lee’s Place in Toronto, ON, and closes out its East Coast run on March 29 at The Social in Orlando, FL.

Along the way, Walker will stop for a March 10 gig at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, a March 14 set at Webster Hall in New York, NY, a March 21 concert at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, and a March 27 performance at Exit/In in Nashville, TN, among other dates. The opening night is the only Canadian show booked for the tour so far.

Walker is touring behind the November 2008 release of his fourth studio album “Sycamore Meadows.” The record hit No. 7 on the Top Heatseekers chart and even slipped onto the Billboard 200 at No. 173, earning the singer-songwriter his first major chart spot since 2004’s “Letters” broke at No. 171.

In a statement announcing the tour, Walker acknowledged that the economy could take its toll on the spring and summer touring industries, stating, “I know, I know… The economy sucks. The American dollar sucks.” However, he went on to promise that he would try to give fans the biggest bang for their buck during his own outing.

“The tickets will be affordable (not like I’m worth any less y’all), the new merch will as well, and I promise that I’m picking up the tab for the drinks (maybe),” he quipped. “So don’t be afraid to spend your weekly paycheck on a gala night of beautiful music and wonderful support acts.”

Walker got his start in the music industry during the 1980s as a member of the Los Angeles-based band South Gang before moving on to the briefly popular Marvelous 3 in the late ’90s. In addition to his own musical career and songwriting, Walker has also helped produce hit albums for dozens of popular acts, including Pink‘s latest release “Funhouse” and Katy Perry‘s major label debut “One of the Boys,” both released in 2008.

AddThis Story to Your Favorite Social Bookmarking Site!     Butch Walker

Butch Walker itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

March 5 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
March 6 Detroit, MI The Magic Bag
March 7 Grand Rapids, WI Mixtape Cafe
March 9 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
March 10 Chicago, IL House of Blues
March 11 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
March 13 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
March 14 New York, NY Webster Hall
March 15 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
March 16 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
March 18 Providence, RI Club Hell
March 19 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
March 20 Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony
March 21 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
March 23 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater
March 24 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
March 25 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
March 27 Nashville, TN Exit / In
March 28 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
March 29 Orlando, FL The Social