Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer has been on the road since last year's release of her debut solo album "You Were Here" (Zoe), and she's planning to spend three months this summer touring with
Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer has been on the road since last year's release of her debut solo album "You Were Here" (Zoe), and she's planning to spend three months this summer touring with fellow countrymen and labelmates the Cowboy Junkies. While full dates are not yet announced, the tour is due to start June 14, according to a spokesperson for the former Weeping Tile frontwoman.
Prior to the Junkies trek, Harmer will play a handful of U.S. dates to finish out April, and a trio of U.K. dates in May. She will also appear, along with Lucinda Williams, the Robert Cray Band, Dar Williams, Ron Sexsmith, and others June 2 at the 13th annual Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival in the Southern New Jersey farm town of Elmer, not far from Philadelphia.
The beguiling "You Were Here" has garnered critical raves since its August 2000 release, including a nod for debut of the year from Time magazine. The album has sold 37,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The single "Basement Apt." is currently going for airplay at U.S. Adult Contemporary radio outlets, and a video for the song can be viewed on the artist's Web site.
"It's pretty open," Harmer tells Billboard.com of songs on the album. "In some ways I think, 'Ooh, I might be being slightly vulnerable here,' but in other ways, once a song is written, it does kinda get out there and become whose ever. And it's not all me. There's definitely some fictionalizing going on there, as well, but I wrote most of those songs from my heart."
Harmer also collaborated with Dar Williams on a cover of "Highway Patrolman," for last year's Sub Pop tribute "Badlands: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska," contributing backing vocals. As a fan of the Boss, it was not a hard thing for her to do. "I love 'Nebraska,' I love [the song] 'Atlantic City,'" Harmer says. "My sister, Lily, she's 11 years older than me, and she was so into Bruce Springsteen. My first concert, actually, that I ever went to see, was the 'Born in the U.S.A.' tour. I smoked cigarettes for the first time at that show!"
The Cowboy Junkies will be touring in support of their upcoming album, "Open," due May 15. The band will on April 27 tape a segment for CBS' "Early Show" that will air in May. For more information on the album, visit th e band's Web site, where pre-sale orders will enter fans into a contest to win concert tickets and rare vinyl copies of previous releases.
Here are Sarah Harmer's upcoming tour dates:
April 21: State College, Pa. (Zeno's)
April 25: Albany, N.Y. (Valentine's)
April 26: New York (Shine)
April 27: New Haven, Conn. (Tune Inn)
April 28: Baltimore (Fletcher's)
April 29: Pittsburgh (Rosebud)
May 17: London (Borderline)
May 18: Manchester, England (Manchester Life Cafe)
May 19: Glasgow, Scotland (King Tut's Wah Wah Hut)
June 2: Elmer, N.J. (Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival)o