Pete Yorn Adds Special In-Store Performances to His First-Ever Acoustic Tour
With Shows Selling Out Along Tour Itinerary, Singer-Songwriter Sets Up Free Performances At Local Independent Record Stores
Pete Yorn In-Store Performances To Be Recorded For Limited Edition CD Series "Live From..."
In response to venues selling out for his very first acoustic tour, Columbia Records artist Pete Yorn is scheduling special free afternoon mini-concerts day-of-show at local independent record stores along his tour route.
The set lists for Pete's in-store performances will uniquely vary from location to location. Each of Pete's in-store performances will be recorded for a limited edition souvenir CD series, "Live From...," to be sold exclusively at the local independent record store originally hosting the mini-concert.
Local independent record stores participating in Pete Yorn's "Live From ... " mini-concert/CD recording series include Salzers (Santa Barbara, California, June 22); Fingerprints (Long Beach, California, June 23); Dimples (Sacramento, California, June 24); The Singing Dog (Columbus, Ohio, July 6); Newbury Comics (Boston, Massachusetts, July 12); Record and Tape Traders (Baltimore, Maryland, July 13); Electric Fetus (Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 22); Lou's (San Diego, California, August 1); and AKA (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 11).
Pete will launch his free in-store mini-concert series at Rhino Records in Claremont, California on June 20.
Fans pre-ordering Pete Yorn's upcoming album, Nightcrawler, at Pete's in-stores and concerts will receive a special limited edition six-song EP, "Westerns." Pete calls Nightcrawler the final installment in a musical trilogy that began in 2001 with his debut album, musicforthemorningafter, and continued through 2003's Day I Forgot.
"I've been in this lonesome cowboy phase for a while," Pete told Billboard.com. "I've been really inspired by guys like Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. 'Westerns' has a twang to it and is a real departure for me, but Nightcrawler is most definitely the rock record."
Pete Yorn's very first acoustic tour begins June 22 at Soho in Santa Barbara and ends August 12 at the fabled Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey (see itinerary following).
Yorn's "You & Me" Acoustic Tour gives fans a rare opportunity to catch the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter performing his classic repertoire and new material up-close-and-personal in a series of small, intimate venues.
Pete's upcoming acoustic tour will provide fans with an exclusive preview of songs from his upcoming, third, full-length studio album, Nightcrawler, now slated for release on Red Ink/Columbia in September 2006.
"I encourage you all to rise up and UNITE this summer and join me as I embark on my first ever nationwide acoustic tour (with friends)," wrote Pete to his fans on his website (http://www.peteyorn.com/ ). "I will be showcasing selections from the new record, as well as plenty of songs from the old catalogue."
From the beginning of his career, singer/songwriter/rocker Pete Yorn has been the topic of numerous critical accolades. Rolling Stone, who picked Pete as one of the magazine's "Ten to Watch in 2001," gave Pete's debut album, musicforthemorningafter, a four-star (****) rating calling the album " ... atmospheric, gently lit by sunlight and regret." Pete's debut album was certified RIAA gold as of April 24, 2002.
USA Today observed "The latest last great hope for the ailing singer/songwriter genre may vaguely resemble a young Springsteen ... .His insinuating melodies and lean ... driving graceful arrangements evoke R.E.M.'s early work. It's impossible to pigeonhole Yorn's music ... inspired quirkiness makes him, if not the future of rock 'n' roll, at least a promising new disciple."
Pete Yorn has toured actively since the release of musicforthemorningafter and has shared bills with the Foo Fighters, Semisonic, Coldplay, REM, and others. He was the headline artist on the inaugural MTV2 Handpicked Tour and played drums on a set of Stooges covers with Iggy Pop, Mike Watt, and the Hives' Mike Vigilante and Pelle Almqvist at the second annual Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement at Los Angeles' Henry Fonda Theater.
Day I Forgot, Pete's eagerly awaited successor to musicforthemorningafter, was released in April 2003 to widespread critical acclaim and debuted at #18 on the Billboard 200 best-selling album chart.
Pete Yorn's last release, Live from New Jersey, a stunning full-length performance recorded live at the Community Theater in Morristown, New Jersey, on October 29, 2003, was released in January 2004. Like Yorn's concerts themselves, his live album was a treasure trove for fans as well as an ideal introduction to the scope of Pete's music.
Pete Yorn -- "You & Me" Acoustic Tour Itinerary Date City/State Venue In-Store Tue, Jun 20 Claremont, CA Rhino Thu, Jun 22 Santa Barbara, CA Soho Salzers Fri, Jun 23 Long Beach, CA The Vault Fingerprints Sat, Jun 24 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp Dimples Tue, Jun 27 Dallas, TX Gypsy Tea Room Wed, Jun 28 Austin, TX The Parish Fri, Jun 30 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck Sat, Jul 1 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill Sun, Jul 2 Madison, WI The Annex Wed, Jul 5 Indianapolis, IN Music Mill Thu, Jul 6 Columbus, OH The Basement The Singing Dog Fri, Jul 7 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill Tavern Sat, Jul 8 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom Mon, Jul 10 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall Tue, Jul 11 Portland, ME Asylum Wed, Jul 12 Boston, MA Paradise Lounge Newbury Comics Thu, Jul 13 Baltimore, MD Sonar Record and Tape Traders Sat, Jul 15 Raleigh, NC Cat's Cradle Mon, Jul 17 Nashville, TN Exit/Inn Tue, Jul 18 Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar Wed, Jul 19 Birmingham, AL The Nick Fri, Jul 21 Council Bluffs, IA Whiskey Roadhouse Sat, Jul 22 Minneapolis, MN The Varsity Theatre Electric Fetus Mon, Jul 24 Denver, CO The Walnut Room Tue, Jul 25 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre Wed, Jul 26 Salt Lake City, UT Club Sound Fri, Jul 28 Seattle, WA Crocodile Cafe Sat, Jul 29 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge Mon, Jul 31 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall Tue, Aug 1 San Diego, CA The Casbah Lou's Wed, Aug 2 Phoenix, AZ Martini Ranch Tue, Aug 8 Alexandria, VA Birchmere Olsson's Wed, Aug 9 Richmond, VA Alley Kats Fri, Aug 11 Philadelphia, PA Northstar AKA Sat, Aug 12 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony http://www.peteyorn.com/ http://www.myspace.com/peteyorn http://www.columbiarecords.com/
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