Richie Lewis is branching out from his best-known day job - that'd be frontman for Tumbleweed - to record his first album, under the name Richie Weed.  He's delivered the first taste of the recordings with a digital single, "Pure Evil", that you can stream right here.

While Tumbleweed continued to write, record and perform, Richie spent a large chunk of last year concentrating on solo endeavours, curating a captivating show titled "Spirit Songs and Stories", and recording.

The Richie Weed album will be released in the middle of the year. Recorded and mixed by Jez Player (The Pinheads) in his  Shed studio at Stanwell Park, Richie recruited Natalie De Silver (The Dandylion) to play guitar, organ and flute, Tumbleweed band mate Steve O Brien to drum, long time live collaborator Matt Houston on bass and Luke Spook (The Pinheads/Tropical Strength) on mellotron and lap steel.

The studio band will be joining Richie at three live shows.

Richie Weed 
with special guests Tropical Strength
Friday, January 19 – La La Las, Wollongong
Friday, January 26 – George Lane, St Kilda
Saturday, January 27 – Old Bar, Fitzroy