After a month spent supporting British superstars Oasis in the United States, melodic Scottish upstarts Travis will strike out on their own with a two-week tour.
The outing, in support of their much-heralded second album, The Man Who, will begin in Nashville on May 6 and is set to include stops in Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Cleveland before ending May 20 in Chicago, a band spokesperson said.
Travis' time in the States comes in the wake of massive critical and commercial success for the band in the UK. The group took home awards for Best British Band and Best Album at the 2000 Brit Awards (the British equivalent of the Grammys), while The Man Who was voted Album of the Year by British music magazines Q, NME, Select and Melody Maker.
The album has sold 2.5 million copies back home on the strength of such singles as "Writing to Reach You" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" (RealAudio excerpt). The Man Who was released in the Unites States on April 4.
Supporting Travis on all but two of its U.S. dates will be up-and-coming British singer Leona Naess. Naess' debut, Comatised (March 14), combines power pop with passionate vocals on such songs as "Lonely Boy" and "Anything."
Travis will head back to the UK this summer to headline three of Britain's largest summer festivals Glastonbury, V2000 and T in the Park before traveling to Los Angeles in September to begin recording their third album with producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead).
Travis tour dates:
May 6; Nashville, Tenn.; Riverfront Park (with Widespread Panic, Edwin McCain)
May 7; Carrboro, N.C.; Cat's Cradle
May 9; Charlottesville, Va.; Trax
May 10; Philadelphia, Pa.; Theater of Living Arts
May 12; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza
May 14; Northampton, Mass.; Pearl Street
May 15; Providence, R.I.; Met Cafe
May 16; Boston, Mass.; Berklee Theater
May 18, Cleveland Heights, Ohio; Grog Shop
May 19; Detroit, Mich.; St. Andrews Hall
May 20; Tinley Park, Ill.; New World Music Theatre Q101 Jamboree 2000