With a brand new video, "Young Blood," just out, and a spring headlining tour well underway, Norah Jones is getting good and ready for a big summer full of festival dates that include Bonnaroo, the Montreux Jazz Festival and a run at the 2010 Lillith Fair. Our cameras caught up with the jazzy pop singer recently at her show at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden to hear a few songs, and to talk with her backstage about her latest album, "The Fall," and her excitement about the summer ahead.
Watch Norah Jones perform during her NYC stop and discuss her album, tour and more.
"Most people think of me as a piano player 'cause that's what I've always done," says Jones, whose five studio albums have all reached the top 5 of the Billboard 200 chart, and whose signature 2002 single "Don't Know Why," was top 10 on two charts. "On ["The Fall"], I played some guitar and on this tour I definitely started playing more guitar. I have a great upright acoustic piano that's kinda funky. With the piano your back is always to somebody, which is always a drag no matter where you put it."
On the spring tour, which winds up May 15 in Atlanta, Jones says she gives her fans a mix of old and new songs. "I do a lot of songs from the new record. I try to throw at least one or two songs in from every record I made," she said, adding that her latest set is "less acoustic" than the previous three particularly due to the incorporation of a new band and different musicians. "We try to do extra covers that aren't on the albums and fun stuff."
While she admits she hasn't even "thought" about her next album yet, Jones, who is scheduled to play at this summer's Lilith Fair, says she's excited about playing festivals. "I haven't done a ton of festivals in the past because my music is always so intimate and quiet. Now it's a more dynamic set and I'm excited to play in front of some people that may not even be fans but are just around," she says.