Primus is set to return to the Ryman with a special show on May 29. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 9 at NOON and will be available by clicking here.
Primus is on tour in support of “Green Naugahyde,” its first studio album in 11 years out which was released last fall on ATO Records and Prawn Songs. “Green Naugahyde” was produced and engineered by Les Claypool in his personal studio, Rancho Relaxo, in Northern California, and features Claypool, long-time guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane. Lane was in an early lineup of the band, and was also in Sausage, a 1994 reunion of the 1988 Primus lineup. Green Naugahyde expands on Primus’ incomparable sound and also sees them bringing it into the next millennium. It is a cerebral and complex album that, like all of the band’s output, is teeming with the band’s signature blend of whimsy and underlying darkness.
For the past 27 years, Primus have followed in the footsteps of boundary-pushing artists like Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd to create some of the most original and inventive music in existence. Green Naugahyde is a Primus record with all of the magic and mystery that phrase entails-and while no one can say for sure what the future will hold in store for the band, the most important thing is that the album exists and will inevitably hold its own in the band’s impressive cannon of music.
Primus last played in Ryman in 2010. All photos by Steve Lowry for Ryman Archives.