Billy Bragg to celebrate Woody Guthrie with ‘Mermaid Avenue’ sets on U.S. summer tour

Billy Bragg this week announced an 11-date U.S. tour this summer — dubbed “The Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me Tour” — that’ll find the troubadour performing a set of Woody Guthrie songs from his soon-to-be-three Mermaid Avenue collaborations with Wilco and a second set of his own songs each night.

On Record Store Day, on April 21, Nonesuch will release Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions, which will collect 1998′s Mermaid Avenue, 2000′s Mermaid Avenue Vol. II and a brand-new Mermaid Avenue Vol. III set, featuring 17 previously unreleased Guthrie covers from Bragg and Wilco — plus a DVD of 1999′s “Man in the Sand” documentary about the sessions.

Then, on June 22, Bragg will open his tour at the Old Town School of Folk in Chicago and play through July 15 in Easton, Md., hitting East Coast and Midwest cities in between. According to Bragg’s Facebook Page, “some Canadian dates will be posted soon as we confirm them.”

 

Billy Bragg’s The Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me Tour:

June 22: Old Town School of Folk, Chicago, IL
June 24: The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI
June 26: Birchmere, Alexandria, VA
June 28: Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA
June 29: Stone Moutain Arts Center, Brownfield, ME
June 30: The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH
July 1: Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT
July 10: Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI
July 12: Okemah Festival, Okemah, OK
July 13: City Winery, New York, NY
July 15: Avalon Theatre, Easton, MD

 

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