Midwestern jam band Umphrey’s McGee will kick off another year of exhaustive touring with the release of a new album. The new 45-date tour...

Midwestern jam band Umphrey’s McGee will kick off another year of exhaustive touring with the release of a new album. The new 45-date tour will begin January 19 at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL, and continues through May 22 – 24 shows at the 2009 Summer Camp festival at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL.

Along the way, Umphrey’s McGee will perform several multiple-night engagements, including February 12-15 sets at Barrymore Theatre in Madison, WI, March 13-14 gigs at Murat Egyptian Room in Indianapolis, IN, and April 10-11 shows at Nokia Theatre Times Square in New York, NY. As usual, most nights on the tour will feature two sets from the six-man band.

Umphrey’s McGee will be promoting their latest release, “Mantis,” which is set to hit stores on January 20. The album is a follow-up to their 2007 studio effort “The Bottom Half,” a disc that peaked on Billboard‘s Top Heatseekers chart at No. 7 and hit No. 22 on the independent albums chart.

Though the band is known for breaking down into jams during their live performances, the latest release is much more of a conventional album, clocking in at a concise 54 minutes. “We didn’t want to overload the record with 80 minutes of music,” lead guitarist Jake Cinninger said in a statement on the band’s Web site. “We wanted to make it feel a certain way, so we trimmed away a lot of the fat.”

Umphrey’s McGee formed in 1997 at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and released its misleadingly titled debut “Greatest Hits Vol. III” in 1998. Since then, the progressive rock group has become a popular live act, releasing five live records over the years including the 2008 double album “Jimmy Stewart 2007.”

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Umphrey’s McGee itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

January 19Chicago, ILThe Vic Theatre
January 22Fort Collins, COAggie Theatre
January 23Boulder, COBoulder Theater
January 24Denver, COFillmore Auditorium
January 25Denver, COThe Walnut Room (early show)
January 25Breckenridge, COThree 20 South (late show)
January 26Boulder, COB. Side Lounge
Jan. 30 – Feb. 1Minneapolis, MNFirst Avenue
February 12 – 15Madison, WIBarrymore Theatre
February 19 – 20Atlanta, GAVariety Playhouse
February 21Asheville, NCThe Orange Peel
February 22Charlotte, NCNeighborhood Theatre
March 4 – 5Birmingham, ALWorkPlay Soundstage
March 6 – 8Miami, FLBicentennial Park
March 12Royal Oak, MIRoyal Oak Music Theatre
March 13 – 14Indianapolis, INMurat Egyptian Room
March 25Tulsa, OKCain’s Ballroom
March 26Lawrence, KSLiberty Hall
March 27St. Louis, MOThe Pageant
March 28Memphis, TNMinglewood Hall
April 1Buffalo, NYThe Town Ballroom
April 2Wilmington, DEGrand Opera House
April 3Jim Thorpe, PAPenn’s Peak
April 4Baltimore, MDRams Head Live!
April 5New Haven, CTToad’s Place
April 7Providence, RILupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
April 8Northampton, MACalvin Theater
April 9Boston, MAHouse of Blues
April 10 – 11New York, NYNokia Theatre Times Square
April 16Cincinnati, OHTaft Theatre
Apr. 30 – May 1New Orleans, LAHouse of Blues
May 22 – 24Chillicothe, ILSummer Camp 2009 @ Three Sisters Park