After taking 1999 off, country diva Trisha Yearwood is about to plunge back into road work.
But this time around, she's scaling down and playing for smaller audiences.
"I'm doing a tour of theaters," Yearwood said, "because I hadn't done any in years. On the '98 tour with Garth [Brooks], we played to 2 million people in nine months, but that's not where I shine. It was a great experience with all the people and the adrenaline and everything, but the best places for me, and the places I love are theaters."
The first leg of the tour, behind Yearwood's ninth album, Real Live Woman (March 28), starts on April 25 with a concert at St. Louis' Fox Theater. Over a two-month stretch, Yearwood will play 42 shows.
The new album, with a title song (RealAudio excerpt) that's climbing the country charts, marks the singer's return to her country roots. Yearwood says theaters are the perfect venue for showcasing the album's songs.
"On the Garth tour, I really watched him," Yearwood said. "He can somehow make a 12,000-seater feel intimate. He makes everyone in the room think he's seeing no one but them. I don't have that talent. I can do that in front of 2,000 people, and I'm comfortable there. That's where I feel most at home, so that's what I'm going to do."
Trisha Yearwood tour dates:
April 25; St. Louis, Mo.; Fox Theater
April 27; Denver, Colo.; Paramount Theatre
April 28; Albuquerque, N.M.; Kiva Auditorium
April 29; Queen Creek, Ariz.; Country Thunder
April 30; Bakersfield, Calif.; Bakersfield Convention Center
May 4; San Diego, Calif.; Humphrey's
May 56; Las Vegas, Nev.; Las Vegas Hilton
May 7; Los Angeles, Calif.; Greek Theatre
May 10; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Performing Arts Center
May 11; Visalia, Calif.; Visalia Convention Center
May 12; Dixon, Calif.; Dixon May Fair
May 13; San Rafael, Calif.; Marin Performing Arts Center
May 14; San Jose, Calif.; Santa Clara County Fair
May 16; Ogden, Utah; Dee Events Center
May 17; Boise, Idaho; The Pavilion
May 18; Redmond, Ore.; Deschutes County Expo Center
May 19; Portland. Ore.; Theater of the Clouds
May 23; Minneapolis, Minn.; State Theatre
May 24; Milwaukee, Wis.; Riverside Theater
May 25; Auburn Hills , Mich.; Meadowbrook Music Fest
May 26; Dayton, Ohio; Fraze Pavilion
May 31; Nashville, Tenn.; Ryman Auditorium
June 1; Cleveland, Ohio; Nautica Stage
June 2; Merrillville, Ind.; Star Plaza Theatre
June 3; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Wings Stadium
June 4; Columbus, Ohio; Ohio Theatre
June 6; Vienna, Va.; Wolf Trap
June 7; Easton, Pa.; State Theatre Center
June 9; Wallingford, Conn.; Oakdale Theatre
June 10; Cohasset, Mass.; South Shore Music Circus
June 11; Pittsburgh, Pa.; IC Light Amphitheater
June 15; Robinsville, Miss.; Horseshoe Casino
June 16; Greenville, S.C.; BiLo Center
June 17; Raleigh, N.C.; Walnut Creek Amphitheater
June 18; Virginia Beach, Va.; GTE Virginia Beach Theater
June 22; Tulsa, Okla.; The Brady Theater
June 23; Fort Worth, Texas; Will Rogers Auditorium
June 24; San Antonio, Texas; Six Flags Siesta Texas
June 25; Houston, Texas; Houston Arena Theater
June 26; New Orleans, La.; House of Blues
June 30; Atlanta, Ga.; Fox Theater