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Watson Twins go live with EP, tour

Monday, January 26, 2009 – The Watson Twins will release a live EP, "Live at Fingerprints," Feb. 17 on Vanguard Records while also doing a tour. The six songs capture the pair performing acoustic versions of selections from their Vanguard debut "Fire Songs" plus a previously unreleased track, Rebel Soldier'. in Long Beach, Cal.

"Live at Fingerprints" was recorded and mixed by Morgan Lowry who has previously recorded "Live at Fingerprints" sessions with Damien Rice, The Hold Steady and Matt Nathanson.

The Watson Twins - identical twins Chandra and Leigh Watson = will be on tour in North America with Ben Kweller beginning Feb. 16 in Omaha, Neb. and concluding March 6 in Birmingham, Ala. The Watson Twins will also be doing in-store performances at independent stores along the tour in support of the new EP. Grimey's in Nashville and Ear-X-Tacy in Louisville are confirmed to date, with more to be added.

Songs on the EP are:
1. Introduction
2. Only You
3. Old Ways
4. Just Like Heaven
5. Bar Woman Blues
6. Rebel Soldier (Previously Unreleased FIRE SONGS B Side)

Tour dates are:
Feb. 16 Omaha, NE - Slowdown
Feb. 17 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
Feb. 18 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
Feb. 20 Bloomington, IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
Feb. 21 Cleveland, OH - Case Western Reserve University
Feb. 22 Toronto, Ontario, CN - The Mod Club Theatre
Feb. 24 Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
Feb. 25 New York, NY - Town Hall Theatre
Feb. 26 Washington, DC - 930 Club
Feb. 27 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
Feb. 28 Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel
March 1 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
March 3 Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
March 4 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
March 5 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
March 6 Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay Theatre

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