Allan Rayman Drops New Single Bye Bye Blondie & Announces Tour

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Whoever Allan Rayman is, he’s made a hell of a body of work so far. The Wyoming born, Toronto based artist has delivered one head-scratching, hypnotic and heavenly project after another, including Hotel Allan [2016], Courtney EP [2017], Roadhouse 01 [2017], Harry Hard-On [2018], and CHRISTIAN [2020].

Along the way, he generated over 250 million streams, sold out tours in Europe, The United States and Canada, and shined at festivals, including Reading & Leads, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Ohana, Austin City Limits, and Osheaga. In the midst of this whirlwind, he gained a newfound clarity and applied it to finishing ROADHOUSE 02 during the Global Pandemic.

Every side of Rayman shines on ROADHOUSE 02. Thematically inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s classic Slaughterhouse-Five, Rayman sonically nods back to the nocturnal R&B of his early work. The 13-track album focuses on the musician’s career to date; being signed and dropped, to the feeling of not being “the right guy for the job” and the struggle of finding positivity in all this negative space. Touching on maturity and the revelations that come with it, Rayman becomes unstuck in time and is shown his life and what’s to come of it if he continues to let Mr. Roadhouse have full control. It ultimately leads to depression and unfortunately death. ROADHOUSE 02 is Rayman being shown his options and having to make the decision on where he wants his life to go. 

Following the release of “Rider” is “Bye Bye Blondie,” narrating the closing of a chapter. The artist shares, “I say goodbye to an old version of myself – Christian album Allan.” Oscillating synths ride atop a scattering of different sounds, layering to create a unique sonic landscape, as he sings, “You cut your hair again, it’s new and ugly, that’s what you wanted so you can hide from me, I’m still the wolf outside your door.”

The music video for “Bye Bye Blondie” is the follow up to the “Rider” music video. It is a full circle moment connecting the three albums (Roadhouse 01, ROADHOUSE 02 and Hotel Allan). Allan Rayman is shown where his life leads should he continue to give Mr. Roadhouse full control. 

Allan Rayman - Bye Bye Blondie (Official Music Video)

Rayman shares, “Together the songs and video tell a story of an artist who creates an alter ego to handle success in the music industry and what happens when you lose yourself in that character. Ultimately the album is by an artist for an artist. It shines light on the negatives that come with this career choice. With an underlying theme that our shortcomings as artists are our strength; makes for good music – real music.” Slated for release March 18th, ROADHOUSE 02 marks a new chapter for Allan Rayman. 

Tour Dates

Thursday, April 14, 2022 Columbus, OH The Basement
Friday, April 15, 2022 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Saturday, April 16, 2022 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 Denver, CO Bluebird
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Salt Lake City, UT Soundwell
Friday, April 22, 2022 Seattle, WA Neumos
Saturday, April 23, 2022 Portland, OR Star Theatre
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Oakland, CA New Parish
Thursday, April 28, 2022 Los Angeles, CA The Lodge Room
Friday, April 29, 2022 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 Dallas, TX Cambridge Room

Thursday, May 5, 2022 Austin, TX Scoot Inn
Friday, May 6, 2022 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Saturday, May 7, 2022 NOLA Santos
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 Orlando, FL The Abbey
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Atlanta, GA Hell
Friday, May 13, 2022 Nashville, TN Mercy
Saturday, May 14, 2022 Durham, NC Motorco
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Philadelphia, PA The Foundry
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Friday, May 20, 2022 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall

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