Soulful UK singer/guitarist James Morrison
will kick off a busy year of U.S. touring, festival dates, and TV appearances with a series of January shows with four-time Grammy nominee Adele
. Morrison, the best-selling male solo artist in the UK in 2006, has earned high praise for his live performances: The Times
of London hailed his "genuinely moving… eyebrow-raisingly funky" show at Shepherd's Bush Empire recently.
Says Morrison: "I love touring. I mean, it's tiring and it's a grueling thing, going on the road. It's just not a reality of any kind. But playing-wise, as soon as I set on the stage, it just feels natural, and that's why I do what I do."
Morrison will work in several headlining dates of his own during his tour with Adele, including shows in San Diego (Belly Up), NYC (Highline Ballroom), Boston (Paradise Rock Club), and Washington DC (9:30 Club). Pure-voiced songstress Erin McCarley
will open on Morrison's NYC, Boston, and DC dates.
His single "Nothing Ever Hurt Like You" is currently #11 on the AAA chart, with "You Make It Real" confirmed as the next single for early 2009. Morrison's sophomore album Songs for You, Truths for Me
was released in September to critical acclaim. SoulTracks named it one of their top CDs of 2008, writing "Songs shows Morrison to be a true soul singer -- never mind the pejorative "blue-eyed" prefix -- and a top notch songwriter."
James Morrison 2009 Tour Dates
Jan 26 Seattle Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room Opening for Adele
Jan 27 Portland Wonder Ballroom Opening for Adele
Jan 29 San Francisco Warfield Theater Opening for Adele
Jan 30 Los Angeles Wiltern Theater Opening for Adele
Jan 31 San Diego Belly UP Headlining
Feb 2 Boston Paradise Rock Club Headlining
Feb 4 New York Highline Ballroom Headlining
Feb 5 Washington DC 9:30 Club Headlining