Rachael Yamagata to Release "Chesapeake" on October 11th
Wed, 03 Aug 2011 13:52:19
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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."
RACHAEL YAMAGATA 2011 TOUR DATES
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?"