Etta James Slates Tour, New Album

Blues/jazz diva Etta James will kick off a U.S. tour Friday (April 4) in Anaheim, Calif. The trek, which will hit a mix of clubs, theaters, and festivals through early July, gets underway in advance o

Blues/jazz diva Etta James will kick off a U.S. tour Friday (April 4) in Anaheim, Calif. The trek, which will hit a mix of clubs, theaters, and festivals through early July, gets underway in advance of James' latest studio album, "Let's Roll," due May 6 through Private Music.

As on the album, James will be backed on the road by the Roots Band, which features two of the artist's sons -- drummer Donto and bassist Sametto -- and guitarist Josh Sklair. The trio also served as co-producers of "Let's Roll," on which James recorded songs written by Delbert McClinton and Bekka Bramlett, among others.

"Let's Roll" is the follow-up to James' 2001 studio set "Blue Gardenia." The set debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart. Last year's concert set, "Burnin' Down the House: Live at the House of Blues," bowed at No. 1 on the Top Blues Albums tally.

Here are James' upcoming tour dates:

April 4: Anaheim, Calif. (House Of Blues)
April 5: West Hollywood, Calif. (House Of Blues)
April 7: Solana Beach, Calif. (Belly Up Tavern)
May 7: Santa Fe, N.M. (Lensic Theatre)
May 9: Denver (Paramount Theatre)
May 14: Atlanta (Symphony Hall)
May 16-17: New Orleans (House Of Blues)
May 19: Philadelphia (Keswick Theatre)
May 21: Red Bank, N.J. (Count Basie Theatre)
May 23-25: New York (B.B. King's Blues Club)
May 28: Washington, D.C. (Warner Theatre)
May 30: Boston (Fleet Center)
June 2: Cincinnati (Cincinnati Zoo)
June 3: Pittsburgh (Byham Theatre)
June 5: Cleveland (Allen Theatre)
June 7: Chicago (House Of Blues)
June 9: Minneapolis (Guthrie Theater)
June 28: Guerneville, Calif. (Russian River Blues Festival)
June 29: Saratoga, Calif. (Villa Montalvo)
July 1: Sacramento, Calif. (Crest Theatre)
July 3: Jacksonville, Ore. (Britt Festival)
July 5: Redmond, Wash. (Marymoor Amphitheatre)
July 6: Portland, Ore. (Waterfront Blues Festival)
July 9: Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl)