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
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