Campbell Plots First North American Tour
Scottish chanteuse Isobel Campbell will launch her first North American tour this weekend to coincide with the March 7 release of her V2 debut, "Ballad of the Broken Seas."Scottish chanteuse Isobel Campbell will launch her first North American tour this weekend to coincide with the March 7 release of her V2 debut, "Ballad of the Broken Seas." As previously reported, Campbell collaborated on the set with former Screaming Trees/Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Mark Lanegan but he will not accompany her on this outing.
Filling in on vocal duties will be former Vaselines member Eugene Kelly. "I think we remain pretty faithful to the album, even with Eugene playing instead of Mark," Campbell tells Billboard.com. "[But] he doesn't have that gravelly sound that Mark does. Eugene is more rich; more Glen Campbell like"
The five-piece lineup will consist of Kelly on vocals and guitar, Dave McGowan (Teenage Fanclub) on multiple instruments and Dave Gormley on drums. Rounding out the lineup is former Soup Dragons guitarist Jim McCullogh, with whom Campbell has worked on and off for about three years.
"Both Daves are completely new to me for this tour," Campbell says. "Someone the other day said that I really landed on my feet with these two, and I think so too, based on when we were rehearsing last week."
Fans can expect a mix of originals and covers beyond material from the new album. "We decided last week not to do too much rearranging -- some people like it when you stick to the album sound and some like it when you change things up a bit," Campbell notes. "We were debating this in rehearsal, and we decided we'd do about half and half."
The artist says she now has a better handle on live performing, having wrestled with stage fright while a member of Belle & Sebastian. "I do get nervous; I used to be unbearable and a paranoia would set in," she says. "But I'll be ready for the [shows]. These days, I close my eyes and feel energy throughout myself."
Here are Isobel Campbell's tour dates:
March 4: Toronto (Revival Bar)
March 5: Chicago (Schuba's)
March 7: Los Angeles (Troubador)
March 8: San Francisco (Cafe du Nord)
March 9: Seattle (Triple Door)
March 10: Vancouver (Richard's on Richards)
March 12: Boston (Museum of Fine Arts)
March 13: New York (Joe's Pub)
March 15: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Southpaw)
March 17: Austin, Texas (South by Southwest Festival)