Patty Griffin announces her late spring and summer tour dates. This tour of the US and UK will kick off in Asheville, North Carolina on May 30 and make stops along the east coast, Midwest, and west coast before heading to the UK on July 19. The tour picks up back in America with a performance at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado on August 17. More dates to be announced soon. Griffin will be performing “Don’t Let Me Die In Florida” from her new album,American Kid, (New West) on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on release day, May 7.
American Kid, co-produced by Griffin and Ross, is her seventh and first for New West. It is her first album of mainly new material since the acclaimed Children Running Through in 2007. In between then and now, she made the Grammy Award-winning Downtown Church in 2010 and became a member of Band of Joy alongside Robert Plant.
American Kid, much of which Griffin says “was written to honor my father,” returns to typical Patty Griffin territory, which is to say that it features a group of remarkably powerful, personal and unpredictable songs arranged and performed in a style that doesn’t entirely repeat anything she’s done on her previous albums, while drawing on all of them. Yet, Griffin’s catalog is among the most unified in modern popular music, because her singing is as unmistakable and inimitable as her songwriting.
American Kid was premiered by the Wall Street Journal. The full-album stream can be found HERE.
The record’s first single, “Ohio,” is out now. Griffin wrote the song with additional music arrangement by Plant, who sings harmonies on the track.
Listen to “Ohio” on SoundCloud:
30 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
1 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
2 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
3 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
5 – Brooklyn, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn
6 – Philadelphia, PA – Verizon Hall
7 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
8 – Waterville, ME – Waterville Music Hall
11 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
12 – Chicago, IL – Athenaeum Theatre
13 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages
15 – Bozeman, MT – Wilson Theater
18 – Vancouver, BC – Chan Center for the Performing Arts
19 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
20 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
23 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
25 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
19 – Gateshead – The Sage Gateshead
20 – Manchester – Royal Northern College of Music
21 – Perth – Perth Theatre
23 – Milton Keynes – The Stables
24 – Birmingham, UK – Glee Club
25 – London, UK – Union Chapel
26 – Cambridge, UK – Cambridge Folk Festival
17 – Lyons, Co – Rocky Mt. Folks Festival