Lambchop To Get Seasoned On Tour

Nashville country-soul collective Lambchop has announced the details for its U.S. tour in support of "Is a Woman," the group's sixth Merge album and the follow-up to 2000's critically acclaimed "Nixon

Nashville country-soul collective Lambchop has announced the details for its U.S. tour in support of "Is a Woman," the group's sixth Merge album and the follow-up to 2000's critically acclaimed "Nixon." The tour, which kicks off Feb. 28 in Atlanta and runs through late March, will be followed in May by a spate of gigs in the U.K. and Ireland. "Is a Woman" is due Feb. 19.

As previously reported, ex-Clean principal David Kilgour will accompany the band on the 15-date jaunt, opening each show with members of Lambchop backing him. Portastic, featuring Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan, will open two shows in early March.

"Is a Woman" finds the veteran outfit, whose membership sometimes swells to 15 musicians, playing 11 of Kurt Wagner's new restrained compositions, which feature more piano and less guitar than the group's previous work. The set was co-produced by vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Wagner and guitarist Mark Nevers.

Before the U.S. dates, Wagner will team with Vic Chesnutt, former Lemonheads principal Evan Dando, and other special guests to join Giant Sand for a special Feb. 22 performance at New York's intimate Joe's Pub.

Here are Lambchop's tour dates:

Feb. 28: Atlanta (Echo Lounge)
March 1: Carrboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle, w/ Portastatic)
March 2: Washington, D.C. (Black Cat, w/ Portastatic)
March 4: Philadelphia (North Star Bar)
March 5: New York (Knitting Factory)
March 6: Somerville, Mass. (608)
March 7: Toronto (Lee's Palace)
March 8: Detroit (Detroit Contemporary Art Institute)
March 9: Chicago (the Abbey)
March 10: Minneapolis (400 Bar)
March 13: Seattle (Crocodile Cafe)
March 14: Portland, Ore. (Dome at St. John's)
March 16: San Francisco (Great American Music Hall)
March 18: Los Angeles (Knitting Factory)
March 22: Nashville (Belcourt Theatre)
May 3: Coventry, England (Warwick Arts Centre)
May 4: Manchester, England (Bridgewater Hall)
May 7: London (Royal Albert Hall)
May 9: Cambridge, England (Corn Exchange)
May 10: York, England (Grand Opera House)
May 14: Newcastle, England (Newcastle Opera House)
May 17: Dublin (Olympia Theatre)