The Drive-By Truckers will begin a North American tour April 20 at the Charlottesville (Va.) Pavilion with Robert Randolph.

The Drive-By Truckers will begin a North American tour April 20 at the Charlottesville (Va.) Pavilion with Robert Randolph. Included in the rock act's run are a string of West Coast co-headlining dates with Son Volt, beginning April 30 at the El Rey Theatre in Albuquerque, N.M.

The band's new album, "A Blessing and a Curse," is due April 18 via New West, and the Truckers are planning a lot or road work behind the project.

"We're gonna tour a whole lot," DBT frontman Patterson Hood tells Billboard.com. "There's some talk of us maybe going out as an opener this summer for a bigger act and maybe playing some sheds and arenas."

The band, currently touring in Europe, will spend a lot of time overseas this year, Hood says. "We'll be going to Europe three [or] possibly four times to tour behind this record," he says. "We're definitely making it a priority to really break Europe because I think there's such a wide open market for what we do over there."

Here are the Drive-By Truckers' tour dates:

April 20: Charlottesville, Va. (Pavilion; w/ Robert Randolph)
April 28: Dallas (Gypsy Ballroom)
April 29: Austin, Texas (Stubb's)
April 30: Albuquerque, N.M. (El Rey Theatre; w/ Son Volt)
May 2: San Diego (Cane's Ballroom; w/ Son Volt)
May 3-4: Los Angeles (House of Blues; w/ Son Volt)
May 5-6: San Francisco (Fillmore; w/ Son Volt)
May 8: Portland, Ore. (Roseland; w/ Son Volt)
May 9: Seattle (Showbox; w/ Son Volt
May 10: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
May 17: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
May 18: Milwaukee (Pabst Theatre)
May 19: Chicago (Vic Theatre)

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