Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry and Ben Nichols announce "The Revival Tour"

Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music, Tim Barry of Avail and Ben Nicols of Lucero have announced plans to tour together this fall.

The bill, dubbed The Revival Tour is a series of shows that will see all three artists playing solo sets as well as performing on each other's material. Ragan explains:

All the tours that I've done since I've been doing this solo stuff have in some way or the other ended up with a bunch of friends onstage by the end of the night, I've always loved seeing that and now I'm absolutely loving creating something like that with good friends who think and believe along the same lines.

Ben Nicols adds:

The three of us have been in bands that each have their own sound, but I think we're all coming from the same place musically concerning this tour, When it comes down to it, we all appreciate good songs and good songwriters and that's what this tour is all about," he adds, "stripping everything down to its basic form and playing some good songs with some of your friends. The idea of Woody Guthrie, just a man and a guitar, is very appealing to all of us--and the chance to be a part of something like that with Chuck and Tim is something I couldn't pass up. We all have our own types of songs, but I think it'll be a blast basically sitting around a campfire every night playing music with some friends.

While the tour will feature individual sets from each artist, it will be more reminiscent of the folk tradition of involving multiple artist collaborations--and each performer will have guests coming on and off stage, including the three primary songwriters who plan to hunker down in Barry's Richmond, Virginia backyard this summer to learn each other's respective tracks.

Dates are expected to be announced soon.