After an August 24 concert with Judy Collins, folk-pop songstress Dar Williams will be ready to hit the road for the fall leg of...

After an August 24 concert with Judy Collins, folk-pop songstress Dar Williams will be ready to hit the road for the fall leg of her U.S. tour. The next set of performances begins September 12 in Somerville, MA, and concludes with shows on November 7 and 8 in Alexandria, VA. Grammy nominated Shawn Mullins will be the main support for the tour.

The 24-date tour of theaters and performance halls will take Williams from coast to coast in support of “Promised Land,” her first studio album of original material in more than three years. The effort is scheduled for pre-tour release on September 9.

Williams, who is known for her intelligent songwriting and storytelling, has described the new album as a departure from her usual work. “On this one, I was paring the stories down to their core,” she noted on her Web site. “I wanted the songs to sound simple and down to what they were meant to be, which is hard to do. It takes a lot of knowledge to get to the point where you can say what you need to say — no more, no less.”

The New York native got her start in the Boston music scene when she moved to the city to pursue a career in theater. After picking up a guitar and penning some lyrics in the early ’90s, Williams released her debut “The Honesty Room” in 1993. In all, she has released ten studio albums, including the eponymous record from her cover song side project, Cry Cry Cry.

Shawn Mullins is currently scheduled to appear with Williams for all dates through September. He is best known for his 1998 single “Lullaby,” which received a Grammy nomination for Best Song. Mullins debuted in 1991 with “Everchanging World,” and has released 12 albums in all. On March 11 he released “Honeydew,” which he has been supporting on his own tour dates.

Dar Williams itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

August 24Jacksonville, ORBritt Pavilion *
September 12Somerville, MASomerville Theatre
September 13Albany, NYThe Egg – Swyer Theatre
September 15Pittsburgh, PAClub Cafe
September 16Cleveland, OHBeachland Ballroom and Tavern
September 17Ann Arbor, MIThe Ark
September 19Chicago, ILPark West
September 20 Indianapolis, INThe Vogue
September 21Milwaukee, WIPabst Theatre
September 22Minneapolis, MNGuthrie Theater
September 23Iowa City, IAEnglert Civic Theatre
September 25Covington, KYCarnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center
September 26Buffalo, NYAsbury Hall
September 27New York, NYThe Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
October 1Portland, MEOne Longfellow Square
October 2Woodstock, VTTown Hall Theatre
October 3Great Barrington, MAMahaiwe Performing Arts Center
October 4Mamaroneck, NYEmelin Theatre
October 14Boulder, COBoulder Theater
October 17Seattle, WAMoore Theatre
October 18Eugene, ORJohn G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
October 22San Francisco, CAGreat American Mic Hall
October 23Los Angeles, CAThe El Rey Theatre
November 7-8Alexandria, VABirchmere

* with Judy Collins

Last Updated on August 22, 2008 by By Allison Reitz