Tracy Chapman To Launch U.S. Tour

Folk singer/songwriter plans 18 shows behind new album, Telling Stories.

Folk singer/guitarist Tracy Chapman is about to kick off a U.S. tour in support of her latest album, Telling Stories, released Feb. 15.

The trek begins in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, and will hit 16 more cities on the way to Portland, Ore., for a final U.S. show April 23. Afterward, Chapman will cross the Atlantic for 18 European concerts in May.

Chapman led a folk-music revival in late 1988, when sales of her self-titled debut, featuring the hit single "Fast Car" (RealAudio excerpt), took off with her widely broadcast London performance at South African leader Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday party.

Her next two albums did well with her loyal following, but "Give Me One Reason," from her 1995 album New Beginning, lifted Chapman to the top of the charts.

With Telling Stories, her first disc since 1995, Chapman's

mournful voice accompanies her blend of folk, country and rock on such

songs as "Unsung Psalm" (RealAudio

excerpt).

Tracy Chapman tour dates:

March 28; Charlotte N.C.; Ovens Auditorium

March 29; Atlanta, Ga; Tabernacle

March 31; Cleveland, Ohio; Palace Theatre

April 1; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club

April 3; Philadelphia, Pa.; Electric Factory

April 4; New York, N.Y.; Roseland Ballroom

April 6; Boston, Mass.; Orpheum

April 7; Providence, R.I.; Meehan Auditorium

April 9; Detroit, Mich.; State Theatre

April 11; Chicago, Ill.; Chicago Theatre

April 12; Minneapolis, Minn.; State Theatre

April 14; Denver, Colo.; Magness Arena

April 16; Las Vegas, Nev.; Hard Rock Cafe

April 18; Los Angeles, Calif.; Wiltern Theatre

April 19; Berkeley, Calif.; Berkeley Community Theatre

April 21; Seattle, Wash.; Benaroya Hall

April 22; Eugene, Ore.; Hult Center for Performing Arts

April 23; Portland, Ore.; Schnitzer Hall