Singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams has laid out a three-week European tour, beginning May 2 in Glasgow and wrapping May 22 in Oslo.
Singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams has laid out a three-week European tour, beginning May 2 in Glasgow and wrapping May 22 in Oslo. The trek will come on the heels of the April 8 release of Williams' new Lost Highway album, "World Without Tears." Before the European tour, Williams will play in mid-March at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, and April 24 and 26 at New Orleans' annual Jazz & Heritage Festival. A spokesperson says she will probably launch a U.S. tour in late spring or early summer.
"World Without Tears" is the follow-up to 2001's "Essence," which debuted at No. 28 on The Billboard 200. The set features Williams backed by her touring band: guitarist Doug Pettibone, drummer/keyboardist Jim Christie, and bassist Taras Prodaniuk. Produced by Williams and Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, U2 and executive-produced by Gary Briggs, the album seems lyrically to wear the influences of a recent break-up and her move from Nashville to Los Angeles last year.
The 13-track features some of Williams' most disarmingly beautiful ballads and perhaps the most smartly sexy song she's ever penned in "Righteously."
In other news, Williams is nominated for the best female country vocal performance Grammy for "Lately," her contribution to "Going Driftless," a Red House tribute album to singer/songwriter Greg Brown.
Here are Lucinda Williams' tour dates:
April 24: New Orleans (Jazz & Heritage Festival)
April 26: New Orleans (Jazz & Heritage Festival)
May 2: Glasgow (Royal Concert Hall)
May 3: Manchester, England (Apollo)
May 6: London (Shepherds Bush Empire)
May 8: Dublin (venue TBA)
May 10: Brussels (Gent Handelsbeurs)
May 12: Amsterdam (Paradiso)
May 13: Darsmtadt, Germany (Centralstation)
May 15: Hamburg (Fabrik)
May 16: Berlin (Universal Hall)
May 18: Malmo, Sweden (KB)
May 19: Stockholm (Cirkus)
May 21: Gothenburg, Sweden (Tradgarn)
May 22: Oslo (Rockefeller)