has unveiled a slate of spring tour dates, which begin next week with a headline show at Minneapolis' Hard Rock Café, set for Monday, April 20th. From there, Ryder will join her Atlantic labelmate Paolo Nutini
for a number of West Coast shows, beginning April 22nd at Slim's in San Francisco. Next, Serena will set out on the road alongside Eric Hutchinson
, joining him for a series of May dates, kicking off May 5th at Philadelphia's World Café Live. Furthermore, Ryder will be among the star-studded lineup performing at WXPN's annual XPoNential Music Festival, set for July 26th at Camden, New Jersey's Wiggins Park.
Serena's full-length Atlantic Records debut, is it o.k.
– which includes the current hit single, "Little Bit Of Red" – is currently available for purchase at www.serenaryder.com
and arrives in stores this summer. The album has proven a true blockbuster in Ryder's native Canada. In addition to bountiful critical acclaim, the album – recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer John Alagia (Jason Mraz
, Dave Matthews Band
, John Mayer
) – has received gold certification from the CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association), as well as the 2009 Juno Award for "Adult Alternative Album of the Year."
"Little Bit Of Red" – the first single from "is it o.k." – is shaping up as Ryder's popular breakthrough in the U.S. The track is lighting up switchboards at Triple A outlets nationwide, where it is currently bulleting its way up the top 20. Ryder – the 2008 Juno Award winner for "Best New Artist" – has already earned a significant U.S. following via two recent Atlantic Records releases, "Sweeping The Ashes" and "Told You In A Whispered Song." The EPs serve as an ideal introduction to Ryder's powerful range – which veers from tough to tender, often in a single verse – and distinctive, classically romantic songwriting.
Ryder's inventive, jazz/blues-inflected vocals and intimate lyricism have already earned reams of critical acclaim. "(She) attacks a lyric like a young Melissa Etheridge
," declared O, The Oprah Magazine
, while Performing Songwriter praised Serena as "a voice…that grabs you by the lapels and refuses to let your attention wander." The New York Post declared, "(Ryder) hits hard with her expressive, quivering vocals, sound lyrics – sometimes tough, sometimes vulnerable – and acoustic guitar." "Ryder brings a range and vocal maturity of someone twice her age," noted American Songwriter. "(Ryder) has an impressive fearlessness," decreed the Boston Globe. "She could become a major force."
Ryder has proven herself to be a hard-traveling troubadour, with countless tours in her native Canada, as well as France and Australia. Here in the U.S., she has shared stages with such artists as Paolo Nutini, Marc Broussard
, Stephen Kellogg, and Xavier Rudd
, not to mention performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Denver's Mile High Music Festival.
Check out an interview with Serena:
Serena Ryder Spring Tour 2009
April 22-26 w/Paolo Nutini * May 5-23 w/Eric Hutchinson
20 Minneapolis, MN Hard Rock Café
22 San Francisco, CA Slim's
23 Portland, OR Aladdin theater
24 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
25 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
26 Seattle, WA Showbox Market
1 Madison, WI Majestic theater
3 Plymouth, MI Downtown Plymouth
4 Pittsburgh, PA Club Café
5 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
6 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
7 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
8 Boston, MA The Roxy
9 Northhampton, MA Pearl Street
11 Bloomington, IN Bluebird
12 Indianapolis, IN Hard Rock Café
13 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
15 Lexington, MI Lexington Music Theater
16 Lexington, MI Lexington Music Theater
18 Grand Rapids, MI One Trick Pony
19 Tampa, FL Orpheum
20 Orlando, FL The Social
22 Atlanta, GA Vinyl At Center Stage
23 Towson, MD Recher Theater
26 Camden, NJ XPoNential Music Festival @ Wiggins Park
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)