Ron Hawkins Preps New Solo LP

Ron Hawkins Preps New Solo LP
In recent months, we've seen the return of alt-rockers the Lowest of the Low, who reissued their 1991 classic, Shakespeare My Butt, and embarked upon a series of Canadian tour dates. Now, frontman Ron Hawkins has announced he will be dropping a new solo record, Straitjacket Love, on May 31.

While the Lowest of the Low's output has been sporadic, Hawkins has filled in the gaps with a series of solo releases. This latest LP is the followup to 2009's 10 Kinds of Lonely.

According to a press release, the new album is "a lyric-based alt-country outing that explores the pitfalls and small victories of navigating life and the relationships we experience."

See the tracklist to the 12-song set below and the cover above.

Hawkins will be promoting the disc with a number of live shows featuring his new band, the Do Good Assassins. The majority of the dates are in Ontario (including weekly shows at the Drake in Toronto during June and July), but there are also a pair of gigs in Halifax.

Straitjacket Love:

1. "One Hundred Five"
2. "Corner Room"
3. "The Sickness (That's What They Call Love)"
4. "Hong Kong Station"
5. "Waitin' on Something That's Already Here"
6. "Black"
7. "Kill the Lights"
8. "Company Ink"
9. "Straitjacket Love"
10. "Lucky Street Lazarus"
11. "Diamonds in the Water"
12. "Prairie Girl"

Tour dates:

5/26 Toronto, ON - Graffiti's
5/27 Toronto, ON - Graffiti's
5/28 Toronto, ON - Sonic Boom
5/31 Halifax, NS - The Carleton Music Hall
6/1 Halifax, NS - Delta Halifax Hotel (Habitat for Humanity benefit)
6/10 London, ON - London Music Club
6/22 Toronto, ON - The Drake
6/25 Ottawa, ON - The Elmdale House Tavern
6/29 Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel
7/6 Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel
7/9 Oshawa, ON - The Thirsty Monk
7/13 Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel