Mike Pinto will take to the road on the Truthful Lies Tour with his full band in support of his forthcoming LP of the same name. The tour starts on May 16 in Long Beach, CA, making 48 stops (with more dates being added) across the nation.

Pinto and his band (Mike Hatton on bass, Brian Daggett on drums, Max O'Leary on trumpet and Jon Cestero on tenor sax) are gearing up for the tour and anticipation levels are already high.

"There is a garnered respect for the acoustic styles and narrative characteristics of Mike Pinto's music, an attribute showcased in his forthcoming record." - Aaron Solomon, ThePier.org.

This will be his largest headlining tour to date, and it includes stops at Cali Roots Festival and the Rockin' Roots Festival. Pinto and his band are ready to throw everything into it to make it a summer to remember.

Joining Mike Pinto on the tour will be Hawaiian sons Natural Vibrations, and Philly's Three Legged Fox, making this a standout tour for the reggae, funk, rock and roots circuits.

Truthful Lies is set for release on May 14th; it will be Pinto's fifth release, following up Little District (2005), Mike Pinto (2007), Everything I Got (2009) and The West is Still Wild EP (2012). Guest Appearances on Truthful Lies include a stellar lineup of musicians, including: Junior Marvin (Bob Marley), Jesse Wagner and Roger Rivas (The Aggrolites), Micah Brown, George Laks (Lenny Kravitz), Chuck Treece (Bad Brains, G Love, McRad).

The album, recorded mostly at Soundmine Studios, East Stroudsburg, PA, and is being produced by Dan Malsch (The Misfits), Chuck Treece and Mike Pinto, as well as some tracks by Lew Richards at 17th Street Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. The album will contain up to 17 tracks, 16 of which are previously unreleased. The album art, which is revealed in the tour poster, was created by Jimmy Ovadia out of Ocean Beach, San Diego. It was designed to have an ethereal spin to it, while being boldly impressionistic, ala Van Gogh.

Mike Pinto gave his personal insight as to what to expect from the album: "Truthful Lies is going to have all different genres, including reggae, folk, rock n' roll, early funk, and more. I'm looking forward to collaborating with several artists on this disc. There's definitely going to be a mix of my old style and as well as getting dynamic with a transition to other new genres as well. I feel it's my best and most diverse material to date, and I can't wait for people to hear it."

From the suburbs of Philadelphia, with sounds infecting the East Coast and beyond, Long Miles brings you melodies from a light heart. The band likes to shine in their own way, bringing good vibes to people wherever they take the stage. With heroes like Phish, Umphrey's McGee, Steel Pulse, and G. Love & Special Sauce, Long Miles strives to feed the need for the groovy, bouncy, feel-good tunes that make these groups so well known.

Long Miles has come a long way since their self-produced LP, 405 Productions, recorded in their freshman college dorm room in Charleston in 2009. They recorded A Philadelphonic EP with Chris DiBeneditto (G. Love & Special Sauce, Slightly Stoopid, the Movement) at Philadelphonic Studios in Philadelphia, with a November 2010 release. This March they released their latest album, Shades, recorded with Rick Beato (Trey Anastasio, NeedToBreathe, The Movement) at Black Dog Sound Recording Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

Long Miles takes a major sonic leap forward with Shades. The album showcases their exploration of new reggae-tinged textures and jam band-influenced song arrangements, while continuing to define their signature blend of inventive lyrics and tight, dance-inducing rhythms. With tunes on the radio and consistent crowds at live shows, their potential to be a major influence on the scene can be found at every listen, and Long Miles is ready for the world

Sweatshop

From the needles and threads of a warehouse in Boston, Massachusetts comes Sweatshop. A band on a mission to bring a memorable live experience to the local scene with their unique hip-hop, beat rock sound. In only their first year of existence Sweatshop has already proven that they are a musical force to be reckoned with. Sweatshop is lead by MC Catch Wreck, hip-hop artist and well known Boston troublemaker. His controversial and conscious lyrics have already received praise from the likes of Public Enemy’s Chuck D, as well as Ice-T, who said, “[Catch Wreck] is what hip-hop needs”. After rocking with drummer Jonas Meyer and bassist Mark Vincent for the first time, it became clear to the group that they were creating a sound that had been missing in the hip-hop scene. To complete the band, they needed UNregular Radio star and guitarist Dave Crespo, and former member of Big D and the Kids Table, vocalist Sirae Richardson.

Sweatshop will soon release their 5 song debut EP. In only six months of playing live shows, Sweatshop has been recognized as one of the best hip-hop/rock live acts in Boston. The Jamaica Plain Patch writes, “Sweatshop hammers out rock-driven hip-hop (or is it hip-hop driven rock?)”. Whatever you choose to call it, it can’t be ignored that Sweatshop is a band of provocative lyricists and talented musicians. Their motto: No gimmicks, no bullshitt. This is Sweatshop.

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"There is a garnered respect for the acoustic styles and narrative characteristics of Mike Pinto's music, an attribute showcased in his forthcoming record." - Aaron Solomon, ThePier.org.

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