The word “troubadour” conjures images of world-weary road warriors, guitars slung on their aching backs as they make their way from place to place spinning their yarn in the form of folk songs.
And while singer/songwriter Dar Williams’ upcoming tour might not fit an archetype so archaic, it holds true to the folk tradition in its focus on what’s really important: the music.
Williams is preparing to hit the road in support of her latest album Promised Land, a collection of tunes produced by Brad Wood (Pete Yorn, Liz Phair, Ben Lee). Her songwriting is best described as subtle substance—always telling a story, injecting meaning, but doing so in a way that’s never trite nor contrived.
“With every album, I’m trying to figure out what I don’t have to say, while still giving each song its due,” Williams said in a press release. “On Promised Land, I was paring the stories down to their core.”
Marshall Lewis, Suzanne Vega and Gary Louris (of Jayhawks fame) all guest on “Promised Land.”
The tour kicks off August 5 in Bethlehem, PA.
“Promised Land” Tour Dates:
Wednesday, August 5: Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA
Thursday, August 6: The Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY
Friday, August 7: Lowell Summer Music Series in Lowell, MA
Saturday, August 8: L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series in Freeport, ME
Sunday, August 9: Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT
Tuesday, August 11: Is Venue in Charlottesville, VA
Thursday, August 13: Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA
Friday, August 14: The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC
Saturday, August 15: Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA
Sunday, August 16: WorkPlay in Birmingham, AL
Tuesday, August 18: Blueberry Hill in St. Louis, MO
Wednesday, August 19: Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS
Friday, August 21: Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, MN
Saturday, August 22: Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI
Sunday, August 23: Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL
Tuesday, August 25: Bluebird Nightclub in Bloomington, IN
Wednesday, August 26: The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI
Friday, August 28: Ram’s Head in Annapolis, MD
Saturday, August 29: Vasa Park in Hackettstown, NJ
Sunday, August 30: Pinkney Park in Rowayton, CT