British rock/blues singer Joe Cocker, whose gritty voice is one of the most recognizable in popular music, is setting out on a four-month, predominantly amphitheater, tour beginning May 24 in West Palm Beach, FL. The trek is in support of his new album, “Hymn For My Soul,” which was released earlier this month, and the tour’s last confirmed date is August 9 in Las Vegas, NV.

The album unites Cocker with producer Ethan Johns (Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, Razorlight, Kings of Leon) and one of the most stellar bands to be assembled in a recording studio in recent times.

Among them are drummers Jim Keltner (uniformly viewed as the best session drummer in the world and who played with John Lennon and Bob Dylan), and James Gadson (from Gladys Knight to Justin Timberlake). Also present are Tom Petty’s pianist Benmont Tench, former Jethro Tull keyboard player Dave Palmer, bassist Bob Babbitt (a member of Motown Records’ studio band The Funk Brothers in the ‘60s and ‘70s) and Hammond organist Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix on Electric Ladyland). Completing the all-star line-up on backing vocals are Merry Clayton (formerly one of Ray Charles’s Raelettes and backing vocals on the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”), Tata Vega, Julia Walters, Oren Walters, and Jim Gilstrap.

“I’m very grateful to Ethan for taking me to a new space,” said Cocker on his website. “This is is the most musical record I’ve made in a very long time.”

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Joe Cocker tour dates:

24 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
25 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheater
26 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
29 Oklahoma City, OK The Zoo Amphitheater
30 Dallas, TX Superpages Center
31 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Pavilion

1 Austin, TX The Backyard
26 Muskegon, MI Summer Celebration
27 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Center
28 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Center

2 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theater
3 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
5 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
6 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
10 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
11 Long Island, NY Jones Beach
12 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
13 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center
15 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheater
17 Washington, DC Merriweather Post Pavilion
18 Foxwoods, CT MGM Grand at Foxwoods
19 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
20 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Center
30 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater

2 George, WA The Gorge
3 Central Point, OR Lithia Motors Amph
6 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre
7 Santa Barbara, CA County Bowl
8 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
9 Las Vegas, NV Orleans Arena — STS

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