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Eric Burdon Schedules SXSW Festival Appearances; Discusses Playing New Songs Live

ABKCO RecordsFounding Animals frontman Eric Burdon will be heading to Austin, Texas, next month for the South by Southwest music festival, where he'll participate in a couple of events to promote his new solo album, 'Til Your River Runs Dry.

On March 14, the lauded blues-rock singer will take part in a special interview conducted by veteran Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke.  The Q&A will take place at the Austin Convention Center at 3:30 p.m. CT.  Then, on the following day, Burdon will give a showcase performance at the Stage on Sixth Patio.

First up for Burdon, though, is a series of appearances in Washington state.  Today, the singer will visit a Silver Platters record store in the Queen Anne Section of Seattle.  He'll sign copies of 'Til Your River Runs Dry, meet and greet fans and give a brief performance at the event, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT.  Burdon also has a pair of concerts lined up on Friday and Saturday at the Skagit Valley Casino Resort in Bow, Washington.

Fans coming out to the shows can expect Burdon to mix new tunes with Animals classics and select cover songs in his set.  Speaking recently with ABC News Radio, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer noted that it was "a clever trick" trying to introduce new songs to his faithful fans.

"You have to be very careful how you insert new stuff, 'cause people want to hear the old stuff," he explained.  "It's like cooking, you know?  You can't put too many peppers into the eggs…otherwise it's going to be distasteful."

Along with his own material, new and old, Burdon says he'll showcase tunes by other artists that he admires.

"There are some songs that don't belong to The Animals that I refuse to give in to and not do," he insists.  "I enjoy singing other people's songs, you know.  That's why they're written in the first place."

Getting back to the subject of performing material from 'Til the River Runs Dry, he adds that during his concerts, "I just ask people, 'Applaud a little longer and a little louder on the new stuff.'"

Visit EricBurdon.com to check out the singer's entire confirmed tour itinerary.

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