SOURCE: Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

March 09, 2010 15:26 ET

Serena Ryder to Spend Spring 2010 on the Road; Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter Slates US Headline Trek, Kicking Off April 11th at San Francisco's Café du Nord; Itinerary Heralds Tour Alongside Barenaked Ladies, With Lilith Tour Dates Set for Summer

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 9, 2010) - Atlantic recording artist Serena Ryder has announced details of her eagerly anticipated first ever US headline tour with a full band. Ryder will also be joined by Atlantic recording artist Ryan Star and fellow Canadians Cuff The Duke on her journey across the States. The dates begin on April 11th at San Francisco's Café du Nord and then continue through mid-May (see itinerary below).

The headline tour -- which follows Ryder's just-concluded trek alongside Howie Day -- will be preceded by a series of dates supporting Stephen Kellogg, slated for later this month. What's more, the acclaimed singer/songwriter is also set to accompany her Canadian countrymen, Barenaked Ladies, on their upcoming US headline tour. That itinerary kicks off on May 16th at Davenport, Iowa's Adler Theatre and then travels the US through mid-June.

As if all that weren't enough, Ryder is set to appear on this summer's much anticipated 2010 Lilith Tour, joining a star-studded array of female artists that includes Sarah MacLachlan, Norah Jones, Mary J. Blige, Loretta Lynn, Tegan & Sara, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, and many others. Full tour details will be unveiled shortly.

Recently named "Artist of the Week" by Paste, Ryder made a stunning chart entrance last November with her full-length label debut, "is it o.k." The highly praised album -- which includes the hit singles, "Little Bit of Red" and "All For Love" -- premiered at #1 on Billboard's "Heatseekers Albums" chart, marking the week's top-selling album by a new or developing artist.

"is it o.k.," has already received gold certification from the CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association) in Ryder's native Canada, where it has earned reams of critical acclaim as well as the 2009 Juno Award for "Adult Alternative Album of the Year." In the US, "Little Bit of Red" proved a Top 10 sensation at Triple A radio, placing Ryder alongside Grammy Award-nominees Adele and Duffy as one of only three female artists to chart Top 10 at the format in the past year.

"All For Love," the latest single from "is it o.k.," is currently lighting up Hot AC radio outlets nationwide. The track was recently featured as a "Discovery Download" on the iTunes main page and became one of the highest non-holiday download promotions of the year with over 160,000 giveaways.

In addition, the "All For Love" companion video has proven a hugely popular clip, with total plays now exceeding 130,000. In addition, Serena's official MySpace Video channel features a wide array of original webisodes, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive live performances, such as her stirring cover rendition of Bruce Springsteen's classic "Racing In The Street."

Produced by Grammy Award-winner John Alagia (Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band), "is it o.k." has earned vociferous critical acclaim from all corners. The Washington Post hailed the album, noting that "what sets Ryder's songs apart are the emotionally charged, intelligent lyrics sung with the passion of a woman who knows the emotional intimacies about which she sings." "is it o.k." "exemplifies Ryder's love for eclecticism," decreed Paste, "highlighting her passionate pipes against a myriad of instrumental backdrops." "(She) attacks a lyric like a young Melissa Etheridge," affirmed O, The Oprah Magazine, while USA Today celebrated "Little Bit of Red" for its "driving urgency" and Ryder's "fervid singing." Phillyist.com praised Ryder's music "gritty, honest voice," adding that "her songs are raw and personal, easy to connect with, and most of all, well constructed. It's no wonder we're hooked -- if you give her a listen, we think you will be, too."

A charismatic and tireless live performer, Ryder has spent much of the past year on the road, including 2009 tours alongside the Wallflowers and her Atlantic Records labelmates NEEDTOBREATHE. With countless tours in her native Canada, as well as the US, France, and Australia, Serena has shared stages with such artists as Eric Hutchinson, Paolo Nutini, Marc Broussard, and Xavier Rudd, not to mention performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Denver's Mile High Music Festival. For up-to-the-minute news and information, visit www.serenaryder.com or www.myspace.com/serenaryder.

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

                       SERENA RYDER - ON TOUR 2010
                        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

                       5/16-6/5 w/Barenaked Ladies

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
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
10      Milwaukee, WI           Shank Hall
11      Chicago IL              TBA
16      Davenport, IA           Adler Theatre
17      Minneapolis, MN         Orpheum Theatre
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

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