Nashville, TN-based singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin is excited to announce a
spring tour with The Fray. The tour begins on April 11th at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, RI and wraps up with two shows at Red Rocks
Amphitheatre in Denver, CO on May 11th and 12th. In the midst of the tour,
Baylin will join Iron & Wine for a show at the Alabama Theater in Birmingham
on April 26th. The shows are in support of her latest album, Little Spark, out now via Blonde Rat/Thirty Tigers.
Since the release of Little Spark, Jessie has performed on both The Tonight
Show with Jay Leno and Last Call with Carson Daly. NPR praised Little Spark,
saying it "[echoes] the hallmarks of classic orchestral pop," while the
Associated Press called the LP "lush, thoughtful pop music... The 11-track
album that emerges plays on the mind like late afternoon sunshine filtered
through layers of gauze."
Produced by Kevin Augunas (Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) and arranged by modern-day auteur and multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift, Little Spark, Baylin's third full-length album, carries with it a classic pop tone that evokes memories of the Brill Building and Laurel Canyon in the '70s while retaining a decidedly modern, empowered worldview.
"I drew a lot from people like Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick, the Brill
Building writers," says the New Jersey-born, Nashville-based musician. "But I didn't want to make a retro, throwback kind of album. Nostalgia is fine, I have a definite fondness for that, but I didn't want people to listen and think I was trying to recapture something from the past." That's exactly the vibe one gets when immersed in Little Spark.
Rather than go with the flow, she went with her gut, gathering what remained of an inheritance from her grandmother - whose nickname Jessie borrowed for the Blonde Rat label moniker - Jessie hired Augunas, who helped her gather some of the most empathetic musicians she could find, including old-school guitar man Waddy Wachtel, veteran drummer Jim Keltner, Greg Leisz on pedal steel, The Watson Twins on backup vocals and famed Emmy & Grammy winning string arranger Jimmie Haskell (Elvis Presley, Simon & Garfunkel, Bobby Gentry).
Baylin will be adding more dates to her tour soon.
Jessie Baylin Tour Dates:
4/11 - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RI
4/12 - Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY
4/14 - MGM Grand Theatre @ Foxwoods - Mashantucket, CT
4/15 - Tullio Arena - Erie, PA
4/17 - Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL
4/18 - John D. Millett Hall - Oxford, OH
4/20 - Paulson Stadium - Statesboro, GA
4/22 - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium - Asheville, NC
4/24 - Louisville Palace Theatre - Louisville, KY
4/25 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
4/26 - Alabama Theater - Birmingham, AL ^
4/27 - Monroe Civic Center Arena - Monroe, LA
4/28 - The Palladium Ballroom - Dallas, TX
4/29 - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre - Austin, TX
4/30 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
5/1 - Tipitina's - New Orleans, LA
5/3 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
5/4 - St. Augustine Amphitheatre - St. Augustine, FL
5/6 - SUNFEST - West Palm Beach, FL
5/8 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO
5/11-12 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
^ - All dates with the Fray, except 4/26 with Iron & Wine