SOURCE: Atlantic Records

April 18, 2008 16:02 ET

James Blunt Announces Summer Tour Dates: Grammy-Nominated Singer/Songwriter to Join Sheryl Crow on Cross-Country Trek; Tour Kicks Off July 24th in Nashville

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - Five-time Grammy-nominated Custard/Atlantic recording artist James Blunt has announced summer tour dates in support of his current album, "ALL THE LOST SOULS." Blunt, who has sold 15 million albums worldwide, will hit the road opening for Sheryl Crow on a 25-city tour beginning July 24th in Nashville, TN. Also joining them on the majority of dates will be Toots and the Maytals. (See below for full listing of tour dates.)

"I am really excited to be returning to the U.S. this summer," says Blunt. "The band and I really look forward to being on the road with such amazing artists as Sheryl Crow and Toots and the Maytals. It will be great fun!"

Blunt's last headlining tour of the U.S. was in February as part of his globe-spanning 2008 LOST SOULS TOUR. He received rave reviews for the cross-country trek, including the Los Angeles Times, which noted, "Blunt goes beyond pop hits. Fans get their favorites, but the singer also explores deeper emotional territory... Blunt may be a pop-culture icon, but he never played it safe during his set."

The worldwide itinerary has seen Blunt and his band playing to sold-out arenas across the UK and Europe. The tour is now set to hit China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa in addition to many more European countries -- including Kosovo and Albania -- before returning to the States in July.

James Blunt's acclaimed second album, "ALL THE LOST SOULS," was released in September 2007. The album was recorded and mixed in Los Angeles by producer Tom Rothrock, who also worked on Blunt's history-making debut, "BACK TO BEDLAM." The album features such road-tested favorites as "1973" and "Same Mistake" as well as his new single, "Carry You Home." The emotionally rousing and compelling video for "Carry You Home" was shot by famed director Jake Nava and can be seen here:

(Tour Itinerary Below)

             JAMES BLUNT
With Sheryl Crow and Toots and the Maytals
       (unless otherwise noted)

July 24     Nashville, TN         Sommet Center **
July 26     Uncasville, CT        Mohegan Sun Casino **
July 28     Wantagh, NY           Jones Beach Amphitheatre
July 29     Holmdel, NJ           PNC Bank Center
July 30     Mansfield, MA         Tweeter Center
July 31     Saratoga Springs, NY  SPAC

August 2    Philadelphia, PA       Mann Center for the Performing Arts
August 3    Canandaigua, NY        Constellation Performing Arts Center **
August 5    Detroit, MI            DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 6    Green Bay, WI          Resch Theatre
August 8    Milwaukee, WI          Bradley Center
August 9    Minneapolis, MN        Northrop Auditorium
August 10   Highland Park, IL      Ravinia Pavilion**
August 14   Houston, TX            The Woodlands
August 15   Dallas, TX    Amphitheatre
August 18   Albuquerque, NM        Sandia Casino Amphitheatre **
August 19   Tucson, AZ             Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
August 21   San Diego, CA          Concerts on the Green - Qualcomm
August 22   Las Vegas, NV          Theatre for the Performing Arts
                                   (Planet Hollywood)
August 23   Lake Tahoe, NV         Harvey's Outdoor Amphitheatre
August 25   Salt Lake City, NV     USANA Amphitheatre
August 27   Concord, CA            Sleep Train Pavilion
August 28   Saratoga, CA           The Mountain Winery (James Blunt only)
August 29   Portland, OR           Edgefield Amphitheatre **
August 30   Seattle, WA            White River Amphitheatre

**Toots and the Maytals not on these dates

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