has announced that, due to popular demand, a number of shows on his first full-fledged tour of North America has been upscaled to larger venues. In addition, the Scotland-born singer/songwriter -- whose just-released album, "These Streets
," debuted in the top 50 on the Billboard 200 album chart -- will be among the superstar lineup at the 2007 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
, slated for June 14-17 in Manchester, Tennessee.
The sold-out March dates see Nutini and his band moving to bigger rooms across the country (see itinerary below). Other scheduled shows on the tour include a March 17th trip to Austin, Texas' South By Southwest to play Esquire magazine's SXSW07 showcase alongside Iggy
& the Stooges
, and Kings of Leon
Upon the trek's conclusion -- set for March 29th at Vancouver's Richards on Richards -- Paolo will return to the UK for his biggest headlining tour to date. Already sold out, the schedule will conclude with a hugely anticipated four-night stand in Nutini's home country, spanning April 30th to May 3rd at Glasgow's Carling Academy.
Here in America, "New Shoes
" (watch the video
), the buoyant first single from "These Streets," is currently blowing up at Triple A radio. The track -- which was recently iTunes' "Single of the Week" -- is now #1 at the format, while also entering the top 40 at Hot AC outlets nationwide. What's more, VH1 has named Paolo its latest "You Oughta Know" artist, placing his "New Shoes" video in "You Oughta Know" rotation through the month of March. Previous VH1 YOK artists include KT Tunstall
, Corrine Bailey Rae
, The Fray
and Regina Spektor
Next month will also see the 20-year-old tunesmith performing live on two high-profile TV programs, including NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on March 22nd and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on March 23rd. Paolo has already made a number of U.S. TV appearances to promote "These Streets," including visits to NBC's "Today" and "Late Show with Conan O'Brien," plus two performances on his fellow Scotsman Craig Ferguson's nightly CBS talker, "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." Furthermore, Nutini's songs have been featured in such network series as NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
," CBS's "CSI: Miami
," and ABC's "What About Brian
" and "Men In Trees
Released January 30th, "These Streets" is already shaping up as the first full-fledged critical smash of the New Year. Both People and USA Today awarded the album three-and-a-half stars, with the latter hailing "the breadth of talent (Nutini) shows... a series of thoughtful, evocative tunes that defy easy characterization." The New York Daily News noted that "voices like Nutini's come around just a few times in a generation."
In addition, the New York Times' Jon Pareles offered high praise for Paolo's recent sold-out show at New York's Bowery Ballroom. "(Nutini's voice is) cracked and raspy, with the edge of David Gray, the quavers of Jeff Buckley, and a streak of the blues. His phrasing is elastic and unpredictable; he jumps into lines after the beat and stretches them with syncopated moans... The songs take on a precocious gravity."
Born and raised in Paisley, Scotland, Nutini has quickly become a true star in the UK, where he has recently received a "Best Male Solo Artist" nomination from the annual Brit Awards and has sold over a million copies throughout Europe. Produced by Ken Nelson (Coldplay
, Ray LaMontagne
, Badly Drawn Boy
), "These Streets" made a spectacular top 3 chart entry upon its July 2006 release, fueled by reams of critical celebration and the undeniable power of Paolo's impassioned blue-eyed soul.
Hailed by Billboard as one of their "Five To Watch," and named one of Rolling Stone's "10 Artists To Watch 2006," Nutini released his North American debut EP, "The Live Sessions," last September to instant rave reviews, including a declaration from the New York Daily News' Jim Farber naming Paolo "the most thrilling new singer of the season."
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- Watch Paolo Nutini's "New Shoes" music video
North American Tour - March 2007
* Note New Venue Information
3 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre *
6 Ferndale, MI Magic Bag
7 Toronto, ONT The Mod Club Theatre
8 Montreal, QUE La Tulipe
11 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindley
14 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse *
15 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
17 Austin, TX Esquire SXSW07 Showcase - Stubbs' BBQ
20 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
23 Los Angeles, CA Avalon *
24 San Francisco, CA Palace of Fine Arts Theatre *
27 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
28 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
29 Vancouver, BC Richards on Richards