Recording artist Paolo Nutini has unveiled details of his upcoming North American tour, a two-month itinerary combining headlining dates with a series of co-headlining shows pairing the Scotland-born singer/songwriter with fellow British soul sensation Amy Winehouse. Nutini and his band kick off their tour in Buffalo, New York on September 7th, with the first of ten Nutini/Winehouse shows taking place at New York City's Central Park SummerStage on September 12th. Tickets for Nutini's own headlining shows -- which will run through the end of October -- go on sale Tuesday, July 24th via his website: www.paolonutini.com. [see below itinerary]
In the meantime, Nutini -- whose acclaimed debut album, "THESE STREETS," is proving a popular and critical phenomenon -- is appearing at some of summer's biggest festivals, including a recent performance at the 2007 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee, and upcoming shows on August 4th at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore and August 5th at Lollapalooza 2007 in Chicago. Paolo and his band have also been appearing at a number of major UK festies, including: the Isle of Wight Festival 2007 on June 10 -- where Paolo dueted with Mick Jagger on "Love In Vain" during The Rolling Stones' festival-closing set; the Live Earth spectacular at Wembley Stadium on July 7th; his native Scotland's annual T In The Park on July 8th; and the upcoming V Festival 2007 on August 18th and 19th.
In other news, "Last Request" -- the latest single from "THESE STREETS" -- is proving a blockbuster at Triple A outlets nationwide, hitting #3 with a bullet on this week's chart. "New Shoes," the album's first single, was a #1 smash at the format, and a top 40 favorite at Hot AC, where it logged four consecutive months on the airplay chart.
On Tuesday, July 3rd, Nutini made his second in-concert appearance on NBC's "The Today Show," performing live in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza as part of the Toyota Summer Concert Series. Paolo -- whose song, "Million Faces," was featured on a recent episode of ABC's smash, "Grey's Anatomy" -- is also making waves at VH1, where the "Last Request" video is currently in "Medium" rotation. Earlier this year, VH1 named Paolo as one of its "You Oughta Know" artists, placing him among such previous VH1 YOK artists as James Blunt, KT Tunstall, Corrine Bailey Rae, the Fray, and Regina Spektor. "Last Request" recently had its all-day premiere on mtvU, where it is already among the channel's most popular new clips.
The 20-year-old tunesmith has been all over TV in recent months, with performances on a number of high-profile programs, including NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Show with Conan O'Brien," and "The Today Show"; ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live"; and two visits to his fellow Scotsman Craig Ferguson's nightly CBS talker, "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." Moreover, Nutini's songs have been featured in such network series as NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," the CW's "One Tree Hill," and ABC's "What About Brian" and "Men In Trees."
Released January 30th, "THESE STREETS" is quickly shaping up as one of the best-received debuts of 2007. Both People and USA Today awarded the album three-and-a-half stars, with the latter hailing, "the breath of talent (Nutini) shows... a series of thoughtful, evocative tunes that defy easy characterization." The New York Daily News noted that "voices like Nutini's come around just a few times in a generation. Better, 'THESE STREETS' shows he's found the songs to milk his for all its worth."
In addition, the New York Times' Jon Pareles offered high praise for Paolo's recent SRO show at New York's Bowery Ballroom. "(Nutini's voice is) cracked and raspy, with the edge of David Gray, the quavers of Jeff Buckley, and a streak of the blues. His phrasing is elastic and unpredictable; he jumps into lines after the beat and stretches them with syncopated moans... The songs take on a precocious gravity."
Born and raised in Paisley, Scotland, Nutini has quickly become a true star in the UK, where he recently received a "Best Male Solo Artist" nod from the annual Brit Awards. Produced by Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Ray LaMontagne, Badly Drawn Boy), "THESE STREETS" made a spectacular top 3 chart entry upon its July 2006 release, fueled by reams of critical celebration and the undeniable power of Paolo's impassioned blue-eyed soul.
Hailed by Billboard as one of their "Five To Watch," and named one of Rolling Stone's "10 Artists To Watch 2006," Nutini released his North American debut EP, "THE LIVE SESSIONS," last September to instant rave reviews, including a declaration from the New York Daily News' Jim Farber naming Paolo "the most thrilling new singer of the season."
North American Tour - Fall 2007
*co-headlining with Amy Winehouse
7 Buffalo, NY Albright-Knox Art Gallery
8 Toronto, ON Toronto Islands Park
9 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau
10 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground Ballroom
12 New York, NY Central Park SummerStage*
13 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre*
14 Austin, TX Stubb's Bar-B-Q
15 Austin, TX ACL Festival/Zilker Park
18, 19 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern LG*
21, 22 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre*
23 Del Mar, CA Del Mar Fairgrounds
24 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre*
25 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre*
26 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
28 Minneapolis, MN State Theater*
29 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom*
1 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
2 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
4 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
5 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
6 Boston, MA Avalon Ballroom
8 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theater
10 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
11 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
12 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
13 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
14 Saint Louis, MO The Pageant
16 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
17 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
19 Park City, UT Harry O's
21 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
23 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
24 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
26 Nashville, TN Wildhorse
27 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
28 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Island