Bob Evans, the alias of ARIA-winner and Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell, has sent us a treat this morning, with a live acoustic version of his track ‘My Matilda’, taken from a brand new six-track EP of previously-unreleased songs, Zeroes To Heroes.

He’s also announced a huge national tour throughout April and June, and rather than giving the EP a traditional release, it will instead be a free gift for anyone who grabs tickets for the shows online.

‘My Matilda’ narrowly missed out on being included on Goodnight, Bull Creek! back in 2008, and then his again on 2016’s Car Boot Sale, but now it gets its moment to shine. “I have so many songs that have almost made it on to records in the past but have just missed out for one reason or another and I’ve always wanted to share them with people and I thought this would just be a good way to say thank you to the people who support me.”

In an impressive move, Mitchell is taking the chance to promote emerging female artists, with an all-female roster of support acts yet to be announced. It’ll be an intimate run of shows, too, with a range of songs new and old and.

“These are all going to be intimate shows, so it will be very up close and personal,” he says. “I’ll be playing songs from across all of my records, a few covers too… I’ll take requests and then screw them up. We’ll all be firm friends by the end of the night.”

Tickets to the Lonesome Highways Tour go on sale at 10am on March 10, and all online ticket purchases will receive the exclusive 6-track EP to whet their appetites – check out the live version of ‘My Matilda’ below for your first peek, and the tour dates below.

BOB EVANS LONESOME HIGHWAYS TOUR

THU 20 APR | FRONT BAR, CANBERRA ACT | 18+

FRI 21 APR | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW | 18+

SAT 22 APR | HARDY’S BAY CLUB, CENTRAL COAST NSW | 18+

WED 03 MAY | CLARENDON GUEST HOUSE, KATOOMBA NSW | 18+

FRI 05 MAY | CAMELOT LOUNGE, SYDNEY NSW | 18+

SAT 06 MAY | BRASS MONKEY, CRONULLA NSW | 18+

SUN 07 MAY | HERITAGE HOTEL, BULLI NSW | 18+

THU 11 MAY | THE SPOTTED COW, TOOWOOMBA QLD | 18+

FRI 12 MAY | 5 CHURCH ST, BELLINGEN NSW | 18+

SAT 13 MAY | BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD | 18+

THU 01 JUN | BAHA, RYE VIC | 18+

FRI 02 JUN | THE CROXTON FRONT BAR, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+

SAT 03 JUN | WORKERS CLUB, GEELONG VIC | 18+

THU 08 JUN | GRACE EMILY HOTEL, ADELAIDE SA | 18+

FRI 09 JUN | BRIDGE HOTEL, CASTLEMAINE VIC | 18+

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