Kendell Marvel confirms “Don't Tell Me How To Drink” headline tour

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Monday, August 29, 2022

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Kendell Marvel will embark on his “Don’t Tell Me How To Drink” headline tour this fall with newly confirmed shows at Chicago’s Joe’s on Weed St., Nashville’s Exit/In, Memphis’ Growlers, Columbus’ The Basement, St. Louis’ The Golden Record, Chattanooga’s Songbirds and Pittsburgh’s Spirit Hall among many others. See below for complete itinerary. Tickets for the tour go on-sale this Friday, September 2 at 10:00am ET/9:00am CT. Ticket details can be found at

The upcoming performances celebrate Marvel’s highly anticipated new album, Come On Sunshine, which will be released September 23 via CmdShft (pre-order here). Ahead of the release, Marvel has unveiled three album tracks: “Put It In The Plate,” “Hell Bent On Hard Times,” and “Don’t Tell Me How To Drink” featuring Marvel’s longtime friend and collaborator, Chris Stapleton. Of the latter, Rolling Stone praises, “a stomping and defiant rebuff to someone with the nerve to suggest Marvel quit while he’s ahead,” while Billboard declares, “a track destined to become a live show favorite.”

Produced by Beau Bedford (Paul Cauthen, Leah Blevins), executive produced by Marvel and recorded at Dallas’ Modern Electric Sound Recorders, Come On Sunshine explores the wide range of Marvel’s influences, both musically and through his choice of collaborators. To create these ten tracks, which delve into some of life’s most honest and authentic experiences, Marvel was joined by several renowned writers and musicians including Stapleton (vocals, electric guitar, songwriter), Dean Alexander (songwriter, background vocals), Al Anderson (songwriter), Dan Auerbach (songwriter), Nick Bockrath (electric guitar), Kolby Cooper (songwriter), Dan Dyer (background vocals), Devon Gilfillian (songwriter, background vocals), Josh Morningstar (songwriter), Waylon Payne (songwriter), Mickey Raphael(harmonica) and Dee White (songwriter).

Reflecting on the album, Marvel shares, “I’m 51 years old, which means I’m long past the point of catering to anybody. I’m just telling the stories I want to tell,” and continues, “I like to work with people who are different than me. Working with Beau Bedford in Dallas meant that I was playing with guys I’d never met before. Guys who had different ideas, different tones, and different ways of playing than my friends back home. We recorded the album live, finishing the whole thing in four days. That’s how you capture magic. The same thing can be said for the people I write with. I prefer left-field people—people who come from different backgrounds and different genres. Devon Gilfillian comes from the R&B world; he hears different melodies than I do. Waylon is a gay man, so he has some experiences that are different than mine. I love to surround myself with people like that, and sit in the writing room with someone who isn’t just like me. Because that’s how you capture magic, too.”

Born and raised in Southern Illinois, Marvel is one of Nashville’s most respected songwriters with cuts by Chris Stapleton (including the GRAMMY Award-winning “Either Way”), Brothers Osborne (GRAMMY Award-winning “Younger Me”), George Strait, Jamey Johnson, Gary Allan, Jake Owen, Lee Ann Womack, Blake Shelton and more.

Come On Sunshine is Marvel’s third studio album following 2019’s Solid Gold Sounds, produced by Dan Auerbach and David Ferguson. Released to widespread acclaim, Rolling Stone declared, “a clear descendant of the Waylon Jennings and Charlie Rich albums loved by Marvel, and one that is able to stand on its own in the splintered present moment of mainstream pop-country projects and progressive songwriter albums,” while American Songwriter declared, “with the somewhat cheekily titled Solid Gold Sounds, Kendell Marvel shifts from supporting player to front-man with ease” and The Tennessean proclaimed, “a 10-track toast to time-tested honky-tonk storytelling that goes down with smooth sincerity.”


1. “Don’t Tell Me How To Drink” (written by Kendell Marvel and Chris Stapleton)
2. “Keep Doing Your Thing” (written by Kendell Marvel)
3. “Hell Bent On Hard Times” (written by Kendell Marvel and Dean Alexander)
4. “Never Lovin’ You” (written by Kendell Marvel and Chris Stapleton)
5. “Come On Sunshine” (written by Kendell Marvel and Devon Gilfillian)
6. “Put It In The Plate” (written by Kendell Marvel and Dee White)
7. “Off My Mind” (written by Kendell Marvel, Dan Auerbach and Al Anderson)
8. “Fool Like Me” (written by Kendell Marvel and Waylon Payne)
9. “Habits” (written by Kendell Marvel and Kolby Cooper)
10. “Dyin’ Isn’t Cheap” (written by Kendell Marvel and Josh Morningstar)

BOLD on-sale this Friday, September 2 at 10:00am ET

September 2—Dove Valley, CO—Seven Peaks Festival 2022
September 16—Pyror, OK—Born & Raised 2022
September 23—Nashville, TN—Grand Ole Opry
October 7—Chicago, IL—Joe’s on Weed St.
October 8—Columbus, OH—The Basement
October 9—Grand Rapids, MI—The Stache
October 18—Nashville, TN—Exit/In
November 3—Chattanooga, TN—Songbirds
November 4—Greenville, SC—The Radio Room
November 5—Maryville, TN—The Shed

November 10—Memphis, TN—Growlers*
November 11—Fort Smith, AR—The Majestic*
November 13—St. Louis, MO—The Golden Record
November 17—Vienna, VA—Jammin Java
November 18—Cleveland, OH—The Winchester Tavern & Music Hall
November 19—Pittsburgh, PA—Spirit Hall

*with 49 Winchester