Springsteen will warm up for the roadwork with a series of four shows in Asbury Park, N.J., on April 20 and 24-26.

Bruce Springsteen has scheduled 18 U.S. tour dates in support of his folk album, "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions." Opening May 27 in Boston, the run will follow a previously announced 10-date European tour that gets underway May 5 in Dublin.

Promising "an all new evening of gospel, folk and blues," the new dates include visits to several outdoor amphitheatres, not the typical stomping ground for Springsteen, who has typically stuck with arenas and stadiums. As previously reported, the Boss is also planning his first appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 30).

Springsteen will warm up for the roadwork with a series of four shows in Asbury Park, N.J., on April 20 and 24-26. These dates were announced Friday and sold-out during the weekend.

Springsteen will be backed on tour by the 17-piece Seeger Sessions Band, which appears on the album, due April 25 via Columbia. The group boasts just two musicians associated with his famed E Street Band -- his wife Patti Scialfa on vocals and violinist Soozie Tyrell, who has appeared on recent E Street recordings and tours.

The rest of the group consists of violinist Sam Bardfeld, guitarist Frank Bruno, upright bassist Jeremy Chatzky, drummer Larry Eagle, Charles Giordano on accordion and keyboards, banjoist Greg Liszt, Marty Rifkin on pedal steel, a horn section comprised of Mark "Loveman" Pender (trumpet), Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg (trombone), Art Baron (tuba) and Eddie Manion (sax), and vocalists Curtis King, Lisa Lowell, Marc Anthony Thompson and Cindy Mizelle.,

Here are Springsteen's U.S. tour dates:

April 30: New Orleans (Jazz & Heritage Festival)
May 27: Boston (TD Bank North Garden)
May 28: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
May 30: Columbus, Ohio (Germain Amphitheatre)
May 31: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
June 3: Phoenix (Glendale Arena)
June 5: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)
June 6: San Francisco (Concord Pavilion)
June 10: Des Moines, Iowa (Wells Fargo Arena)
June 11: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Arena)
June 13: Chicago (First MidWest Bank Amphitheater)
June 14: Milwaukee (Bradley Center)
June 16: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center)
June 17: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Center)
June 20: Camden, N.J. (Camden Tweeter Waterfront Amphitheater)
June 21: Saratoga, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
June 22: New York (Madison Square Garden)
June 24-25: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)

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