SOURCE: Reprise Records

May 20, 2008 09:00 ET

Johnathan Rice Launches Co-Headlining Tour With Maria Taylor Sponsored by Daytrotter.Com

Rice Contributes to Elvis Costello's New Album "Momofuku" and Joins Costello Onstage at Nashville's Historic Ryman Auditorium; Singer/Songwriter Is on the Road Supporting "Further North" -- Out Now on Reprise Records

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - Fresh off of his successful month-long residency in Silverlake at Club Spaceland, Johnathan Rice is ready to criss-cross the country on a co-headlining tour with Maria Taylor in support of his second album "Further North." Up first is an appearance at the environmentally friendly music and arts festival, Topanga Days, on May 25th before the coast-to-coast trek begins on June 5th in Pomona, CA, at the Glass House.

The ever-busy Rice has many projects brewing including contributing to the new critically lauded Elvis Costello album, "Momofuku" (named after Momofuku Ando, the inventor of the Cup Noodle, because in the words of Costello, "all we had to do to make this record was add water"). Rice also recently performed some of the "Momofuku" songs with Costello and the Imposters at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The Los Angeles-based Rice has been touring in support of "Further North," which blends refined acoustic and electric guitar melodies with pulsing rhythms and piercing prose. The album has received rave reviews since its release by Reprise Records on September 11th, 2007. Giving it four stars, Blender said: "Sarcastic, not that hopeful, full of coyotes, wildfires, and wistful looks back at what might have been, this is an impressive set for anyone, let alone a 24-year-old with just one previous release." Paste praised "Further North's" mix of "country-folk and heartland rock," calling it a "largely live-in-the-studio affair with Rice presiding over an energetic mix that's equal parts Tom Petty tunefulness and Uncle Tupelo guitar crunch." USA Today called the album "eminently worth checking out," while Performing Songwriter noted that "this young songwriter is only getting better at his game."

Produced by Jason Lader, Farmer Dave Scher, and Rice himself, "Further North" is a musical step forward from its predecessor, Rice's full-length debut "Trouble is Real." That 2005 release earned him comparisons to such folk troubadours as Gram Parsons and Nick Drake, and landed him tours opening for R.E.M. and Wilco. Having grown up shuttling between Glasgow, Scotland, and Virginia, Rice invites the listener to see the cracked American Southwest through his eyes on "Further North," resulting in lyrical observations that are shrewd yet sincere.

For more on Rice, and to watch streaming video of his current single "We're All Stuck Out in the Desert," directed by noted photographer Autumn De Wilde, please visit: www.johnathanrice.com. Don't miss Johnathan Rice on tour all summer!

Sun   05/25/08          Topanga, CA             Topanga Days Country Fair
Thu   06/05/08          Pomona, CA              Glass House
Fri   06/06/08          Phoenix, AZ             The Clubhouse
Sat   06/07/08          Tucson, AZ              Club Congress
Mon   06/09/08          Dallas, TX              Granada Theater
Tue   06/10/08          Austin, TX              Emo's
Wed   06/11/08          Baton Rouge, LA         Spanish Moon
Thu   06/12/08          Birmingham, AL          WorkPlay Theatre
Fri   06/13/08          Atlanta, GA             Smith's Olde Bar
Sat   06/14/08          Athens, GA              Caledonia Lounge
Sun   06/15/08          Mount Pleasant, SC      Village Tavern
Mon   06/16/08          Carrboro, NC            Cat's Cradle
Wed   06/18/08          New York, NY            Knitting Factory
Thu   06/19/08          Washington, DC          Rock And Roll Hotel
Fri   06/20/08          Philadelphia, PA        The Barbary
Sat   06/21/08          Kingston, NY            BSP
Mon   06/23/08          Boston, MA              Paradise Rock Club
Tue   06/24/08          Hamden, CT              The Space
Thu   06/26/08          Toronto, ON             El Mocambo
Fri   06/27/08          Detroit, MI             Magic Stick
Sat   06/28/08          Chicago, IL             Beat Kitchen
Mon   06/30/08          Minneapolis, MN         7th Street Entry
Tue   07/01/08          Omaha, NE               The Waiting Room
Wed   07/02/08          Denver, CO              Hi-Dive
Thu   07/03/08          Salt Lake City, UT      Kilby Court
Fri   07/04/08          Boise, ID               Neurolux
Sat   07/05/08          Portland, OR            Doug Fir Lounge
Sun   07/06/08          Seattle, WA             Tractor Tavern
Tue   07/08/08          Visalia, CA             Cellar Door
Wed   07/09/08          San Francisco, CA       Bottom Of The Hill
Thu   07/10/08          Visalia, CA             Cellar Door
Fri   07/11/08          Los Angeles, CA         Echoplex
Sat   07/12/08          Sonoma, CA              Gundlach Bundschu Winery

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