I Surprised Myself by Liking Serena Ryder, Plus Her Tour Info

I’ll be the first to admit, I am not usually the singer-songwriter type.  It isn’t that I have anything against singer-songwriters.  Most do not write music that captures my attention.  I don’t mind the likes of John Mayer or Dave Matthew Band.  I can even tolerate some Alanis Morrisette.   If you are a regular reader, then you know I gravitate towards good classical music and progressive metal.   Really, I just try to talk about stuff I really love.

On occasion, I am sent or come across something that I do I like by a singer-songwriter, such as the following video by Serena Ryder.

To be honest, until Atlantic sent me a press release about Ryder’s upcoming tour, I couldn’t tell you anything about her.  I clicked on the video expecting to be disappointed, so when I saw Ryder passionately belting out, on pitch, her song, “What I Wanna Know”, I was surprised.  What’s more is that I couldn’t stop listening to it.

Should I call this my guilty pleasure of the week?

I don’t know, but I can’t deny that I really enjoyed the song and Ryder’s live performance of it.  Atlantic was kind enough to send me her newest album, It is O.K., to take a listen and review.   This, of course, means that I am obliged to talk more about her in the near future.

In the meantime, if you are already a fan, and haven’t yet heard the news, Serena will be going on tour this spring.  Here are the tour dates.

MARCH

  • 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
  • 31 – Syracuse, NY –  Westcott Theatre

APRIL

  • 1 – Somerville, MA –  Somerville Theater
  • 11 – San Francisco, CA  – Café du Nord*
  • 12 – San Diego, CA  –  Casbah
  • 13 – Los Angeles, CA -Troubadour
  • 15 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
  • 17 – Denver, CO –  The Walnut Room
  • 19 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room ***
  • 20 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
  • 22 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues – Cambridge Room
  • 23 – Houston, TX –  House of Blues – Bronze Peacock
  • 24- San Antonio, TX – Zombie’s
  • 26 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
  • 27 – Atlanta, GA –  Smith’s Olde Bar
  • 29 – Greenville, SC –  Handlebar**
  • 30 – North Augusta, SC – Downstairs Live**

MAY

  • 1 – Easton, MD –  NightCat
  • 2 – Arlington, VA –  IOTA Club & Café
  • 3 – New York, NY  – Mercury Lounge ***
  • 5 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
  • 7 – Toledo, OH  –  Frankie’s
  • 8 – Cleveland, OH  – Grog Shop
  • 9 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
  • 10 – Milwaukee, WI  – Shank Hall
  • 16 – Davenport, IA –  Adler Theatre
  • 17 – Minneapolis, MN –  Orpheum Theatre
  • 20 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma Theater at The Fox
  • 21 – Boise, ID  –  Idaho Botanical Gardens
  • 22 – Spokane, WA –  Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
  • 23 – Portland, OR  –  Keller Auditorium
  • 25 – Santa Rosa, CA  –  Wells Fargo Center
  • 28 – Reno, NV –  Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort
  • 31 – Austin, TX  –  Bass Concert Hall

JUNE

  • 1 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theatre
  • 3 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
  • 4 – Richmond, VA –  Innsbrook After Hours
  • 5 – Charleston, SC –  N. Charleston Performing Arts Center

3/30-4/1 w/Stephen Kellogg;

4/11-5/11 Headline Tour w/ Ryan Star and Cuff The Duke – * Cuff The Duke will not be opening; ** Solo show without full band; ***Ryan Star will not be opening

5/16-6/5 w/Barenaked Ladies

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