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Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter Dar Williams' to Release New Album, Promised Land September 9th

posted Aug 16, 2008, 7:09 AM by Vu Nguyen
From Devious Planet

ACCLAIMED SINGER/SONGWRITER DAR WILLIAMS’ TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, PROMISED LAND SEPTEMBER 9TH

WILLIAMS SET TO TOUR WITH SHAWN MULLINS THIS FALL

(New York, NY) – Singer/songwriter Dar Williams’ first album of original material in over three years, PROMISED LAND, is due out on September 9th. Produced by Brad Wood (Pete Yorn, Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins), the album features 12 reflective songs that introduce a fresh interpretation of her previous sound.  She will hit the road this fall with Shawn Mullins as main support (please see dates below).
 
Williams’ ability to perform witty songs that cover a wide range of social and political topics are showcased on the engaging tracks “It’s Alright,” “The Easy Way,” and “Buzzer.”  Williams also does a cover of “Midnight Radio” from the acclaimed rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as well as a cover of Fountains of Wayne song “Troubled Times.” The vigor on PROMISED LAND comes from working with a new group of people – producer Brad Wood and the stable of new musicians he assembled.  Williams’ friends are also featured as guest artists – Marshall Crenshaw, Suzanne Vega and Gary Louris from The Jayhawks.  Producer Wood injects her new songs with energy and momentum. He explains, “Dar was looking to try something different and get out of her comfort zone. She had made a number of records and it seemed like a good time, career-wise, for her to make a change. I was flattered that she thought to ask me to help.”

One of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of her generation, Dar Williams has been engaging audiences with her musical artistry since the early 1990s when she rose from the Northeast coffeehouse circuit to the national spotlight.  Never afraid to challenge herself or her audience, Williams has been a dedicated social and political activist throughout her career. Lending her talent to support various causes, she has taken part in many benefit concerts.  Williams has captivated her loyal audiences across the country with her live performances and she continues to tour regularly. For more information, please visit Williams’ website:  www.darwilliams.com <http://www.darwilliams.com>

PROMISED LAND track listing:
1. It's Alright
2. Book of Love
3. The Easy Way
4. The Tide Falls Away
5. Buzzer
6. The Business of Things
7. You Are Everyone
8. Go To The Woods
9. Holly Tree
10. Troubled Times
11. Midnight Radio
12. Summerday

Dar Williams on tour:
August
16 Denver, CO  Bluebird Theatre*
18 Taos, NM  KTAO Solar Center
24 Jacksonville, OR Britt Pavillion *with Judy Collins
September
12 Somerville, MA Somerville Theatre*
13 Albany, NY  Swyer Theater*
15 Pittsburgh, PA  Club Café*
16 Cleveland, OH  Beachland Ballroom*
17 Ann Arbor, MI  The Ark*
19 Chicago, IL  Park West*
21 Milwaukee, WI  Pabst Theater*
22 Minneapolis, MN Guthrie Theater*
23 Iowa City, IA  Englert Theatre*
25 Covington, KY  Carnegie Performing Center*
26 Buffalo, NY  Asbury Hall*
27 New York, NY  The Fillmore at Irving Plaza*
October
1 Portland, ME  One Longfellow Square *
2 Woodstock, VT Town Hall Theatre*
3 Great Barrington, MA Mahaiwe Theater*
4 Mamaroneck, NY Emelin Theater*
November
7 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
8 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
 
* with Shawn Mullins
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