Alt-country rocker Ryan Adams and his backing band The Cardinals will hit the road early in 2009 for a solo round of U.S. dates. The trek begins February 20 at Shubert Theater in New Haven, CT, and is currently scheduled to conclude on March 20 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

Highlights for the 16-date run include a February 21 stop at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, MA, a March 4 gig at Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, TX, and a March 16 performance at the Louisville Palace Theatre in Louisville, KY. Tickets are already available for a number of venues on the outing, and the remaining onsales will begin by December 20.

The band is currently completing the tail end of its supporting stint on Oasis’s North American tour. The next show is tonight (December 19) at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ, and the trek ends December 20 at the GMU Patriot Center in Washington, DC. Adams began his run with the Gallagher brothers’ band during their early fall Canadian tour.

Before beginning the U.S. tour next year, Adams and The Cardinals will first complete a six-show jaunt in Australia and New Zealand. The group is touring in support of the late October release “Cardinology.” The album, which peaked on the Billboard 200 at 11 and was listed at No. 14 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the “Top 50 Albums of 2008,” is the fourth official release from Adams and The Cardinals.

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Adams, who made his solo debut with 2000’s “Heartbreaker,” first joined with The Cardinals for 2005’s “Cold Roses.” The Cardinals is composed of Neal Casal, Chris Feinstein, Jon Graboff, and Brad Pemberton.

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Ryan Adams & The Cardinals itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

December 19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center *
December 20 Washington, DC GMU Patriot Center *
January 25 Fremantle, AUS Fremantle Arts Centre
January 27 Brisbane, AUS Tivoli
January 29 Sydney, AUS Enmore Theater
January 30 – 31 Melbourne, AUS The Forum
February 3 Wellington, NZL Opera House
February 4 Auckland, NZL Powerstation
February 20 New Haven, CT Shubert Theater
February 21 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
February 26 Columbia, MO Missouri Theatre
February 27 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
February 28 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
March 2 El Paso, TX Abraham Chavez Theatre
March 4 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
March 6 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre
March 8 Miami, FL Langerado Music Festival
March 9 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
March 11 North Charleston, SC North Charleston Performing Arts Center
March 14 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium
March 16 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace Theatre
March 18 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
March 19 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
March 20 Atlanta, GA Fabulous Fox Theatre

* with Oasis