Legendary soul singer Al Green will embark on a national in-store tour to promote the Sept. 12 release of his autobiography and a new greatest-hits collection, both titled Take Me to the River.
The singer will sign books, and at some stores, CDs, beginning Sept. 10 in Los Angeles, where he will visit House of Blues in the morning and Eso Won Books in the evening. Other stops on the nine-city tour include Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Sept. 13, the Rock and Soul Museum in Memphis, Tenn., on Sept. 16, and bookstores in Philadelphia, Chicago and Atlanta. The last stop will be Sept. 21 at the Virgin Megastore in New York.
The 30-song collection includes highlights from throughout Green's career, although he has released several other greatest-hits collections over the years, including 1997's four-CD Anthology.
Green scored numerous R&B hits through the late '60s and '70s, with such songs as "Let's Stay Together" (RealAudio excerpt) and "I'm Still in Love With You" (RealAudio excerpt). Also on the upcoming collection are live recordings, such as "Sha-La-La" and "God Blessed Our Love" (RealAudio excerpt of studio version), from his famously energetic performances.
Through much of the '80s, Green renounced secular music, focusing on gospel music in such songs as "The Spirit Might Come On and On," which is also on the collection. At that time Green became a practicing minister, and he continues to hold services at his church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, when he is not on tour.
The autobiography, which was co-written by historian Davin Seay, tracks these changes in Green's life, from his childhood in Arkansas, up to the present, where the secular and spiritual coexist in the 54-year-old singer's life.
Al Green tour dates:
Sept. 10; Los Angeles, Calif.; House of Blues (11:30 a.m.)
Sept. 10; Los Angeles, Calif.; Eso Won Books (6:00 p.m.)
Sept. 12; Chicago, Ill.; Afrocentric Books (5:30 p.m.)
Sept. 13; Cleveland, Ohio; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (5:00 p.m.)
Sept. 14; Atlanta, Ga.; Chapter 11 Books (7:00 p.m.)
Sept. 15; Nashville, Tenn.; Davis-Kidd Bookstore (6:00 p.m.)
Sept. 16; Memphis, Tenn.; Rock and Soul Museum (1:30 p.m.)
Sept. 18; Washington, D.C.; Vertigo Bookstore (6:00 p.m.)
Sept. 19; Philadelphia, Pa.; Borders Books & Music (12:30 p.m.)
Sept. 19; Philadelphia, Pa.; The Literary Cafe (5:30 p.m.)
Sept. 20; New York, N.Y.; Barnes & Noble (12:30 p.m.)
Sept. 21; New York, N.Y.; Virgin Megastore (7:00 p.m.)