Trisha Yearwood Plans Intimate Real Live Woman Tour

To mark her return to the road, country diva books string of theaters.

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 5–6; 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