Bjorklund backs White
Monday, March 12, 2012
– Maggie Bjorklund, the Danish pedal steel player, will tour with Jack White on his first-ever solo headlining tour.
The backing spot has thus far brought her in front of sold-out audiences in Nashville and Chattanooga, and onto the stage of Saturday Night Live, performing Interruption.
Bjorklund will join White on the road on selected dates throughout the spring and summer promoting his new record "Blunderbluss," out in April via Third Man Records. In between she will also be headlining two shows in the Netherlands, supporting Laura Gibson in Belgium and performing at Bloodshot's official showcase at Red Eyed Fly on Saturday, March 17 during Austin's SXSW festival.
After the tour, Bjorklund will return to the studio in the U.S. to record the follow-up album to "Coming Home."
Bjorklund's label, Bloodshot, is giving a second free MP3 from her "Coming Home" CD." The Anchor Song features vocalist Rachel Flotard, Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico, Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees and others.
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