Singer/songwriter Beth Orton will hit the road in support of her next album, “Comfort of Strangers,” beginning in March in the United Kingdom, to be followed by a North American visit in April and May. As previously reported, “Comfort” is due Feb. 6 via Astralwerks and was produced by Jim O’Rourke (Wilco, Sonic Youth).
And though there has been some speculation that O’Rourke might hit the road with Orton and “Comfort” drummer Tim Barnes, Orton tells Billboard.com, “Jim can’t tour and Tim can’t either, because they’re doing the producing thing. But they’re helping me get [the touring band] together.”
Also in the works for Orton is a possible project with fellow singer/songwriter M. Ward, who co-wrote the new album’s title track with her. Ward won Orton over after she saw him performing live, and the pair shared two dates together this summer.
“I was completely mesmerized watching him,” she says. “We hope to be doing some writing together soon.”