Michelle Branch, whose sophomore album "Hotel Paper," is due June 24 on Maverick Records, will take to the road for a brief tour prior to the set's release, sponsored by hair products manufacturer The

Michelle Branch, whose sophomore album "Hotel Paper," is due June 24 on Maverick Records, will take to the road for a brief tour prior to the set's release, sponsored by hair products manufacturer ThermaSilk.

Branch's tour starts May 14 in San Francisco and hits 14 major U.S. and Canadian markets through a June 4 date in Washington, D.C. After completing her headlining duties, Branch will join up with the Dixie Chicks' North American tour as an opening act on that tour's second leg. She will stay with the Chicks through the tour closer Aug. 4 in Nashville. Branch also has a Sept. 26 engagement to play NBC's "Today" morning show as part of the network's annual concert series.

"Hotel Paper" is the follow-up to 2001 "The Spirit Room," which peaked last April at No. 28 on The Billboard 200, and has sold 1.77 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new album's first single will be "Are You Happy Now?"

Here are Michelle Branch's tour dates:

May 14: San Francisco (Great American Music Hall)
May 16: Las Vegas (Hard Rock Hotel -- The Joint)
May 17: Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl)
May 18: West Hollywood, Calif. (Roxy Theatre)
May 19: Scottsdale, Ariz. (Cajun House)
May 21: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
May 23: Dallas (Trees)
May 25: Wantagh, N.Y. (Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach)
May 26: Minneapolis (Quest Club)
May 28: Chicago (House Of Blues)
May 30: Toronto (Guvernment)
June 1: New York (Central Park SummerStage)
June 3: Philadelphia (Theatre Of Living Arts)
June 4: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
June 19: Boston (FleetCenter; w/the Dixie Chicks)
June 20-21: New York (Madison Square Garden; w/the Dixie Chicks)
June 23: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum; w/the Dixie Chicks)
June 25-26: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center; w/the Dixie Chicks)
June 27: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 6: Dallas (American Airlines Center; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 8: Denver (Pepsi Center; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 9: Salt Lake City (Delta Center; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 11: Vancouver (General Motors Place; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 12: Seattle (KeyArena at Seattle Center; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 13: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden Arena; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 15: Oakland, Calif. (Oakland Arena; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 16: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion at San Jose; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 17: Sacramento, Calif. (ARCO Arena; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 19: Los Angeles (Staples Center; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 20-21: Anaheim, Calif. (Arrowhead Pond; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 23: San Diego (Cox Arena; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 25: Phoenix (America West Arena; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 26-27: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden Arena; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 29: San Antonio (SBC Center; w/the Dixie Chicks)
July 30: Houston (Compaq Center; w/the Dixie Chicks)
Aug. 1: North Little Rock, Ark. (Alltel Arena; w/the Dixie Chicks)
Aug. 2: Memphis (Pyramid; w/the Dixie Chicks)
Aug. 3: Atlanta (Philips Arena; w/the Dixie Chicks)
Aug. 4: Nashville (Gaylord Entertainment Center; w/the Dixie Chicks)
Sept. 26: New York ("Today" show)

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