The indie acoustic artist, Front Porch Step, has postponed all upcoming tour dates, due to recent accusations. Front Porch Step, as well as Have Mercy, Head North, Hotel Books and Allison Weiss, who were booked to support his tours, have all written statements regarding the cancelled dates and allegations, and you can check those out, after the break.
Two petitions has been put together, one to remove him from Warped Tour, and one to keep him on. Following these allegations and the petitions, it looks like Front Porch Step has been dropped from his record label, Pure Noise Records, and possibly Warped Tour (although nothing has been confirmed by either Pure Noise or Warped Tour).
Front Porch Step Statements:
I am aware of the serious allegations and sensational things being posted on the internet about me and my personal life. While this is personally difficult to experience, I am taking the appropriate, meaningful, and objective steps to address the severity of these things and the horrendous words being used. I would truly hope that others who have or will propagate these serious allegations will do the same.
As I posted 3 days ago, I am taking the appropriate time to assess these very serious allegations against me and I am not taking them lightly. Until I can do that in a complete manner with all the information I have at my disposal, I will not be continuing with any current touring activities for the time being.
Have Mercy Statement:
We have been receiving your emails, tweets, and posts regarding us not responding to the allegations brought upon Front Porch Step. While we have been planning to disassociate ourselves from FPS for several days, we have been working very hard behind the scenes to book our own tour so we are not left stranded for the spring.
We, Have Mercy, in no way condone the alleged actions that have come to light over the past week, and hope that message above all is clear to our fans. Safety in music, and life, should never be risked for selfish decisions. We were incredibly excited at the opportunity to hit the road this spring, and that is still our top priority.
Over the coming weeks, we hope to have news about a new tour with Head North and other trusted friends.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Head North Statement:
We are sorry to have remained silent about this issue for so long. We do not in anyway condone the situation at hand with Front Porch Step regarding the recent allegations that presented themselves this past week.
The whole situation is incredibly upsetting and our thoughts go to anyone at all affected by this. We are very sorry to anyone planning on coming to a show, but have been working on an alternative plan to make sure we can still come to towns this spring with new music in hand.
We will post more information about that as it becomes available.
Hotel Books Statement:
Due to the recent legal allegations against Jake of Front Porch Step, he has suspended all current touring, including the tour we were a part of. We want to make it clear that although we’re grateful for the tour he offered us, we will not participate in any tour that could victimize our family of fans. There is no place in music for harassment or sexual misconduct toward minors. Thank you to everyone who used their voice to stand up for music, for community and for the family of bands and fans working to live honestly. We are planning alternate touring as we speak and will announce dates as they are secured.
Allison Weiss Statement:
Due to the recent allegations made against Jake McElfresh of Front Porch Step, I have decided I will not be touring with him this month in the UK. Whether the shows will happen without him or not is yet to be determined. I promise to post any updates here on Facebook as more information becomes available.
More information regarding the situation can be found on UnderTheGunReview.