Jewel plans acoustic tour
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
– Jewel will launch the acoustic Star Light Cafe Tour in June of her sophomore country album, set to hit retailers June 8.. The tour starts June 1 in Fargo, N.D. and ends in Seattle on June 27.
"I am so excited to hit the road as part of the COUNTRY Financial Road Trips and Guitar Picks concert series," said Jewel. "It gives me a great opportunity to spend some time with the fans. I've spent the better part of my year writing and recording this new album. There is nothing more rewarding for me than getting the chance to perform some of my new songs along with the hits I've had over the course of my career. These shows really become a sneak peek into my songwriting and my life."
Jewel's first country album, "Perfectly Clear," was released in June 2008 and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard country charts. Having been married to Ty Murray since her last country album and always being inspired by her life experiences, the new album, titled "Sweet and Wild," maintains her country roots as Jewel sings about the love and happiness in her life.
Opening for Jewel on her tour, beginning on the June 11 date in Atlanta, will be Radney Foster. Jewel's June 21 show in Boise, Idaho will be a co-headlining show with Brandi Carlile.
Tour dates are:
June 1 Fargo, ND Fargo Theatre
June 2 St. Paul, MN O'Shaughnessy
June 3 Milwaukee, WI The Pabst Theater
June 4 Chicago, IL VIC Theatre
June 5 Florence, IN Belterra Resort & Casino
June 6 St. Louis, MO Sheldon Concert
June 11 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Center
June 12 Robinsonville, MS Horseshoe Tunica
June 13 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Ctr. Concert Hall
June 15 Oklahoma City, OK Rose State Performing Arts Center;
June 16 Kansas City, KS Midland Theater
June 17 Salina, KS Stiefel Theatre
June 18 Denver, CO Arvada Center
June 19 Colorado Spring, CO Pikes Peak Center
June 21 Boise, ID Idaho Botanical Gardens
June 22 Missoula, MT The Wilma Theater
June 24 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
June 25 Portland, OR Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
June 26 Jacksonville, OR Britt Pavilion
June 27 Seattle, WA Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheater
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