Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco is picking up her guitar and heading out on the road with her band for a combined fall and winter tour....

Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco is picking up her guitar and heading out on the road with her band for a combined fall and winter tour. The 27-date, three-leg tour starts September 16 at the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Fayetteville, AR, and concludes with November 21-22 performances at the Town Hall Theatre in New York City.

DiFranco is touring in support of “Red Letter Year,” scheduled for a September 30 release on DiFranco’s own Righteous Babe Records. It is the eighteenth studio record for the performer, who is best known for her songs’ autobiographical and political content.

In a July 15 interview with Shock Records, DiFranco described the new album, “When I listen to my new record, I hear a very relaxed me, which I think has been absent in a lot of my recorded canon.”

DiFranco attributed this newfound sense of musical calm to her family life with partner Mike Napolitano and new baby, Petah Lucia. “Now I feel like I’m in a really good place,” the folk rocker commented.

Providing musical accompaniment for the tour are Todd Sickafoose (upright bass), Allison Miller (drums), and Mike Dillon (percussion, vibes). Following the first leg of the tour, which ends October 7 in Royal Oak, MI, DiFranco and her band will complete an eight-date European jaunt before returning to the States for the third and final leg of the trek.

Ani DiFranco itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

September 16Fayetteville, ARArkansas Music Pavilion
September 17Tulsa, OKCain’s Ballroom
September 19Dallas, TXGranada Theater
September 21Austin, TXStubb’s Bar-B-Q
September 23Sante Fe, NMLensic Performing Arts Center
September 24Phoenix, AZCelebrity Theatre
September 26Grand Junction, COMesa Theatre and Club
September 27Denver, COParamount Theatre
September 29Lawrence, KSLiberty Hall
September 30Saint Joseph, MOMissouri Theater
October 1Saint Louis, MOThe Pageant
October 3Minneapolis, MNState Theatre
October 5Madison, WIUnion Theater
October 6Chicago, ILChicago Theatre
October 7Royal Oak, MIRoyal Oak Music Theatre
October 18Murcia, ESAuditorio de Murcia
October 19Barcelona, ESAuditori de Barcelona
October 21Milan, ITRolling Stone
October 23Freiburg, DEJazzhaus
October 25Frankfurt, DEBatschkapp
October 26Paris, FRLa Cigalle
October 27Amsterdam, NLParadiso
October 29London, UKThe Forum
November 15Wilkes-Barre, PAKirby Center For The Performing Arts
November 18Red Bank, NJCount Basie Theatre
November 19Poughkeepsie, NYBardavon 1869 Opera House
November 21-22New York, NYTown Hall Theatre