Rag’n’Bone Man promises to put his “heart and soul into every live show” on first US tour

Columbia RecordsThis week, Rag’n’Bone Man will embark on his first U.S. headlining tour. The British musician, born Rory Graham, will be supporting his debut album, Human, which features his breakthrough hit of the same name. If you catch Rag’n’Bone Man live, Graham promises he’ll deliver a genuine and an emotional performance.

“I try to put into it everything I can,” he tells ABC Radio. “I sing the songs emotionally the way I felt they should be sung when I wrote them, and I want people to connect to them.”

He adds, “There’s no smoke and mirrors, no bells or whistles. It’s not about that. It’s simply me singing the songs the way I think they should be sung. I’m putting my heart and soul into every live show.”

Rag’n’Bone Man’s U.S. tour begins this Tuesday, August 1, in Washington, D.C., and will conclude August 11 with his performance at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco. After that he’ll head to Europe, and in between all the travel, Graham hopes to release new music.

“I don’t know exactly when. I know I just have put out my album,” he says. “I’m kind of hoping for the odd collaboration here and there.”

Rag’n’Bone Man already has had one big collab this year: He appears on a bonus track from the new Gorillaz album, Humanz. He says that working with the cartoon band’s mastermind Damon Albarn “opened my mind.”

“The way he writes lyrics and melodies and stuff is not in the way that I’ve ever seen anyone do it before,” says Graham. “It definitely made me think. It was a thought-provoking experience.”

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