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  • Rachael Yamagata to Release "Chesapeake" on October 11th

    Wed, 03 Aug 2011 13:52:19

    Rachael Yamagata to Release "Chesapeake" on October 11th - She will also be touring

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    Good news! One of our favorite singer-songwriters -that'd be Rachael Yamagata-- will release Chesapeake, her first studio album in three years on October 11th. The album, produced by John Alagia, producer of Yamagata's Happenstance album as well as albums from Liz Phair, Dave Matthews Band and Jason Mraz, will be self-released on her very own Frankenfish Records. Twelve days following the release of Chesapeake, Yamagata will hit the road on an extensive tour of the United States starting on October 24th in Portland, Maine at the Port City Music Hall and wind down on December 22nd in New York City at City Winery. We love an independent woman who will conquer the world with her talent and drive, like Yamagata.

    For Chesapeake, Yamagata recruited her "dream team" consisting of Victor Indrizzo (Sheryl Crow) on drums, guitarists Mike Viola (Candy Butchers), Michael Chaves (John Mayer), and Kevin Salem, (Dump Trucks, Yo La Tengo), cellist Oli Kraus (Sia, Duffy) and Tom Freund on the upright bass. The result is an eclectic collection of songs projecting Yamagata's newfound optimism and hopefulness, showcasing her sultry and smoky voice, rich, layered harmonies, striking ballads and soulful grooves.

    "The songs on Chesapeake were collectively inspired by the people in the room," said Yamagata. "I insisted on a creative scenario that became only about the music makers themselves, giving it a spirit of generosity in the music making which made it easy to tap into a 'flow'. When it was right, we all knew it was right. There was a balance that gave these songs a lift and yet still retained their richness. Magic maybe."

    Listeners can get a taste of what's to come by downloading the song "Starlight" by going here. It's a pretty, dirty, breathy, key-driven number full of tension and release.

    Yamagata also teamed up with PledgeMusic (www.pledgemusic.com), the leading international direct-to-fan platform for musicians raising funds to record and tour. On July 7th, Yamagata launched her PledgeMusic Campaign (www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rachaelyamagata), and thanks to a devoted global fan-base she quickly exceeded her goal! She has the best fans and they need to see her, she needs to make music, so it was a win-win!

    "It was a leap of faith to trust that all of the pieces would somehow fall together even if it seemed we were crazy. And they did," adds Yamagata. "I am grateful beyond words to my fans and PledgeMusic who have helped bring Chesapeake to life."


    24th - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
    25th - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Lodge
    27th - Ithaca, NY - Deliah's
    28th - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
    30th - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
    31st - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live


    1st - Washington, DC - Birchmere
    2nd - Baltimore, MD - Sound Stage
    4th - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
    5th - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café
    6th - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom (Small Room)
    7th - Detroit, MI - St Andrews Hall
    8th - Chicago, IL - Logan Square
    10th - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Ballroom
    11th - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
    12th - Davenport, IA - Redstone Room
    14th - Kansas City, KS - Record Bar
    16th - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
    18th - Salt Lake City, UT - State Room
    20th - Spokane, WA - A Club
    21st - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
    22nd - Seattle, WA - Crocodile
    23rd - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
    25th - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
    27th - San Diego, CA - Casbah
    29th - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
    30th - Tucson, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

    2nd - Austin, TX - Parish
    3rd - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Upstairs
    4th - Dallas, TX - The Loft
    5th - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom - 2nd Stage
    7th - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
    8th - Nashville, TN - 12th and Porter
    9th - Birmingham, AL - Work Play
    10th - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
    12th - Charleston, SC - New Brookland Tavern
    13th - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
    15th - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
    16th - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
    17th - Louisville, KY - Headliners
    18th - Columbus, OH - The Basement
    20th - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
    21st - New York, NY - City Winery
    22nd - New York, NY - City Winery

    What did you think of "Starlight?"

    —Amy Sciarretto

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