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With recent release “Sweet Dreams” sending fans into a frenzy and pushing Koe Wetzel to a Billboard Hot 100 debut and the No. 1 album on Apple Music’s country chart with just three songs available, the journeyman turned bona fide cultural force continues to tease 9 Lives, his forthcoming fifth studio album set for July 19 release on Columbia Records.



“‘High Road’ is a good example of how this album shows a different side of me than people might expect. Every record’s almost turning a new leaf, always a left turn because of how honest I am,” he admits with a laugh. “But this? It’s what the people have been expecting from me, but we hadn’t gotten there yet. It’s a grown-up version of me.”

Recorded with Jessie Murph and written by Wetzel alongside Amy Allen, Carrie Karpinen and producer Gabe Simon, “High Road” has already become a fan-favorite on social media ahead of its release with lyrics that showcase that mature level of vulnerability that defines the still hard-rocking album:

       Imma let you cool down while I walk out
       You ain’t messing me up like the times before
       I don’t need a ticket to your shit show
       Knock yourself out and hit a new low
       Imma take the high road, take the high road, take the high road


The Texas-born live phenom also plans to take his new music global this year with his recently announced Damn Near Normal World Tour. Additionally, Wetzel will perform prominent sets at several festivals, including Country Jam, Rock the Country, Country Thunder Wisconsin, WE Fest, Watershed and more, plus a hometown stadium show as he joins Morgan Wallen’s One Night At A Time World Tour in Arlington, Texas this July.


9 Lives Track List:
(songwriters in parentheses)

  1. “Continued” Skit
  2. “9 Lives (Black Cat)” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Gabe Simon)
  3. “Casamigos” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Sam Harris, Ben Burgess, Gabe Simon)
  4. “Damn Near Normal” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Gabe Simon, Carrie Karpinen, Sam Harris)
  5. “Leigh” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Gabe Simon)
  6. “Twister” (Ropyr Wetzel, Steve Rusch, Ben Burgess, Josh Serrato)
  7. “High Road” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Gabe Simon, Carrie Karpinen)
  8. “Reconsider” (Charles John Brocco, Keith Quenton Gattis)
  9. “Hatchet” (Gabe Simon, Mike Coogan)
  10. “Sweet Dreams” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Josh Serrato, Gabe Simon, Sam Harris)
  11. “Runnin’ Low” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Sam Harris, Gabe Simon, Ben Burgess)
  12. “Bar Song” (Blake “Shy” Carter, Breyan Isaac, Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II, Dave Gibson)
  13. “Last Outlaw Alive” (Josh Serrato, Ben Burgess, Sam Harris)


Damn Near Normal World Tour Dates:
July 27             The Woodlands, Texas  ||  Cynthia Woods Pavilion
Aug. 7              Missoula, Mont.  ||  Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheater
Aug. 8              Nampa, Idaho  ||  Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Aug. 9              Sandy, Utah  ||  Sandy Amphitheater
Aug. 10            Las Vegas, Nev.  ||  The Theater at Virgin Hotel Hotels Las Vegas
Aug. 15            Minneapolis, Minn.  ||  The Armory
Aug. 16            Council Bluffs, Iowa  ||  Stir Cove (Harrah’s Casino)
Aug. 21            Cleveland, Ohio  ||  Jacobs Pavilion
Aug. 22            Columbus, Ohio  ||  KEMBA Live! Outdoor
Aug. 23            Pittsburgh, Pa.  ||  Stage AE
Aug. 24            Washington, D.C.  ||  The Anthem
Aug. 28            Boston, Mass.  ||  Roadrunner
Aug. 29            Uncasville, Conn.  ||  Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 30            Atlantic City, N.J.  ||  Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
Aug. 31            Reading, Pa.  ||  Santander Arena
Sept. 4              Charleston, W.V.  ||  Charleston Coliseum
Sept. 5              Roanoke, Va.  ||  Berglund Center
Sept. 6              Columbia, S.C.  ||  Colonial Life Arena
Sept. 7              Cary, N.C.  ||  Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Sept. 12            Kansas City, Kan.  ||  Azura Amphitheater
Sept. 13            Camdenton, Mo.  ||  Ozarks Amphitheater
Sept. 18            St. Louis, Mo.  ||  Chaifetz Arena
Sept. 20            Huntsville, Ala.  ||  The Orion Amphitheater
Sept. 21            Macon, Ga.  ||  Atrium Health Amphitheater
Sept. 25            Alexandria, La.  ||  Rapides Parish Coliseum
Sept. 26            Tuscaloosa, Ala.  ||  Mercedes-Benz Amphitheater
Sept. 27            Nashville, Tenn.  ||  Ascend Amphitheater
Sept. 28            Little Rock, Ark.  ||  First Security Amphitheater
Oct. 3               Pikeville, Ky.  ||  Appalachian Wireless Arena
Oct. 4               Indianapolis, Ind.  ||  Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park
Oct. 5               Evansville, Ind.  ||  Ford Center
Oct. 10             Abilene, Texas  ||  Expo Center of Taylor County
Oct. 11             Lubbock, Texas  ||  Cooks Garage
Oct. 13             Morrison, Colo.  ||  Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Oct. 26             Manchester, U.K.  ||  Academy 3
Oct. 27             London, U.K.  ||  The Garage
Oct. 30             Glasgow, U.K.  ||  Oran Mor
Oct. 31             Birmingham, U.K.  ||  Academy 2
Nov. 1              Leeds, U.K.  ||  Brudenell Social Club
Nov.3               Amsterdam, Netherlands  ||  Melkweg (Oude Zaal)
Nov. 5              Hamburg, Germany  ||  Bahnhof Pauli
Nov. 6              Berlin, Germany  ||  Frannz Club
Nov. 7              Cologne, Germany  ||  Club Volta
Nov. 10            Stockholm, Sweden  ||  Nalen
Nov. 11            Oslo, Norway  ||  Rockefeller Music Hall
Nov. 13            Copenhagen, Denmark  ||  Lille Vega

Additional Shows:
June 8               Nashville, Tenn.  ||  SiriusXM’s Music Row Happy Hour / Spotify House
June 21             Grand Junction, Colo.  ||  Country Jam
June 29             Poplar Bluff, Mo.  ||  Rock The Country
July 18             Twin Lakes, Wis.  ||  Country Thunder Wisconsin
July 26             Arlington, Texas  ||  AT&T Stadium (with Morgan Wallen)
July 31             Davenport, Iowa  ||  Mississippi Valley Fair
Aug. 1              Detroit Lakes, Minn.  ||  WE Fest
Aug. 3              Sweet Home, Ore.  ||  Oregon Jamboree Music Festival
Aug. 4              George, Wash.  ||  Watershed Festival
Aug. 17            Wichita, Kan.  ||  Bulls, Bands and Barrels
Sept. 14            Prior, Okla.  ||  Born & Raised
Sept. 19            Louisville, Ky.  ||  Bourbon & Beyond

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