The city of Ft. Worth Texas has declared Dec. 30th Toadies Day: "in appreciation for their contributions to Ft. Worth's local music culture." A certificate of recognition will be given to the band prior to the band's performance that evening at the legendary Billy Bob's. Toadies will record their set for a live album to be released in 2018 and join other notable acts to have recorded at Billy Bob's ncluding Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.
The gig is also in support of their latest release The Lower Side Of Uptown, part of ABC News's 50 Best Albums of 2017 (Released Sept. 8th via Kirtland Records.)
The Lower Side Of Uptown is a 'return to form' as explained by frontman Vaden Todd Lewis: "This album is 'roots Toadies, full of riffs and time shifts.' The Lower Side Of Uptown is the follow up to 2015's Heretics which saw the band taking a change of pace with a stripped down sound and mostly acoustic. When they were preparing to enter the studio this time around there was no set idea for what was to come but, the process ultimately had the band going back to their signature sound: "I feel that subconsciously we thought that this record would have ended up incorporating some of that quieter sound, but that didn't happen. When we got to the studio with nothing more than a pile of riffs, what came out of the band was really loud and heavy music. So not only is this album louder than Heretics, I think it's louder and heavier than the last couple Toadies albums" guitarist Clark Vogeler said of the sessions, which were recorded Arlyn Studio, a favorite of the legendary Willie Nelson, and The Bubble in Austin.
Since reuniting in 2008, after disbanding in 2001 Toadies have released 4 albums, played hundreds of shows and festivals, released 4 signature craft beers, and have been featured in an X-Men comic.In May they partnered with the Texas Rangers to release their own version of 'Take Me To The Ballgame.' This year, the band continued that busy streak with The Lower Side Of Uptown showcased on a cross-country tour over two months along with Chicago's Local H. on the bill.